From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. McCurdy's stark scratchboard illustrations bring an appropriate, near-grotesque atmosphere to this Modoc monster story. Against a backdrop of a mostly black field, brisk lines streaked with subdued earthy tones deftly fashion both a malevolent creature and a likable young protagonist. Since his birth, Nulwee has been repeatedly told by his grandmother that one day he must kill the Bone Man. This huge skeletal creature who now lies asleep had, in an evil rage, drunk the river dry and devoured all of the people. Then one day, Nulwee unwittingly awakes the Bone Man, whose daily demands for food increase his strength and power. Finally, taunted beyond endurance, the boy gathers his courage and, remembering that the Bone Man's heart is in his little finger, carefully aims his arrow and destroys the evil creature. Author and artist notes give helpful background information about this rite-of-passage story. The monster element will spark children's imaginations, making this a good tale to use beyond Native American studies.?Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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Through carelessness, young Nulwee has awakened the Bone Man whom he is ultimately destined to fight - just not quite yet. Finally frightened into confiding in his grandmother with whom he lives, he is advised by her but must confront the monster alone. With ocher-colored scratchboard illustrations, the Bone Man is as frightening an apparition as has ever graced a picture book. Sure to be immensely and justifiably popular. Parents' Choice Recommended. -- From Parents' Choice®