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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Even the zombies are lovable in Evans's charming Halloween-themed rendition of "Stone Soup." The skeletal Finnigin, a macabre but friendly feasting traveler, is known far and wide for his ravenous appetite. When he comes upon a beautiful barren land, he is sure that a wonderful Halloween feast awaits him. But a flying witch catches sight of him and warns the beast, the zombies, and the mummy of his approach. They all quickly pack away their prized stewed eyeballs and bat wings and turn Finnigin away when he comes calling. Undeterred, he cleverly begins to brew a soup with his magic bone, and, one by one, each creature emerges to investigate. Seasoned with sprightly, luminescent watercolors and the perfect dose of gross-out factor, this tale has all the right ingredients for a hearty storytime. Early elementary audiences will especially appreciate the spread that points out all the gloriously awful additions to the yellow-green soup—spider eggs, dried mouse droppings, toenail clippings, dandelions, and other assorted items fit for creatures of the night. Bone Soup is a welcome addition to the holiday repertoire, as well as a pleasurable read for students completing comparative folktale assignments.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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"Drawn with a colorful, contemporary edge."--Des Moines Register

"The illustrations, which borrow paneled layouts and speech balloons from the comics, are filled with tiny visual jokes. Kids will eat Bone Soup up."--Washington Post

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618809082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618809080
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. T. Christensen on September 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We discovered Bone Soup last year around Halloween time. Our kids (ages 5 (boy) and 3 (girl)) love the illustrations and quirky story. This story walks the fine line well between too scary (our kids get scared easily) and still having some good Halloween spirit. In addition, this is one of the few children books that we enjoy reading over and over again with our Kids. As a kid I loved the Stone Soup story and this Halloween-themed adaptation is perfect. Last year my wife started a Bone Soup party where the kids' friends get together read this book and make "Bone Soup."
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It's rare to find a children's book that is both written AND illustrated by the same author. Mrs. Cambria Evans does just that, and sets an incredible standard for other multi-talented children's book authors. The story is engaging and frankly, quite hilarious, and the pictures are rich and detailed to boot. We thought it was great!

All in all, Bone Soup is a rare gem because of its top-rate storyline(so funny and clever!) and its whimsically scary illustrations. Just like the other reviewers have said, the illustrations that accompany the storyline are not only well-crafted, but witty and multi-dimensional. Parents will be smiling along with their children as they enjoy this fantastic Halloween book together, around Halloween time and all year long.

Five stars for Bone Soup! It really gets you in the spooky mood.

Oh, and I'd love a plush Finnigan and bone soup cauldron for my niece and nephews....
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Wonderful zombie version of the classic 'Stone Soup'. Cute pictures, lovable characters and just enough gross out factor for my four year old. She loves it so much it's made it into the normal bedtime story rotation. It's not just for halloween!
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By DD67 on April 21, 2011
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This will go with my top 10 halloween books and I have a pretty good list going. A great play on the book stone soup, with a massive injection of halloween. Preschoolers beg to hear this book over and over. You wont be disappointed.
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I read this book outloud at a Children's party and after I read it we made our own Halloween mix with "eyeballs" (candy), bugs (chocolate chips), fish parts (Goldfish crackers), and bones (pretzel sticks) etc. You get the idea. The kids took turns adding items to the mix and they all got to stir it with a BIG spoon in a Halloween witches kettle (found at Target or Wal-mart) and then we divided the snack mix into baggies for the children. It was a huge hit.
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My children are storytellers. They must tell the story without a book. This became a fast favorite in October and early November. The pictures are beautiful but the story tells so well, you did not need them. A really fun book for the Halloween time of year!
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I got this book for my children around Halloween. I was looking for a good Halloweened theme book when I ran across this book. My children were already familiar with the story of stone soup so I thought this would be a good story to read. The pictures and creatures in this book are neat. This has become one of my kids favorite stories. It will be a book I will save for my kids when they get older and start families of their own.
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I came across this book while walking down one of the isles of New York Comic Con 2013. The illustration caught my eye right away which made me pick it up and read though it. After I finished reading the book I noticed the author was sitting right there! I was very excited to purchase the book but was even more happier when she asked who the book was for. I proceeded to say it was for my son Angel, she then wrote his name in the book and signed it. I couldn't wait to come home and read it to him and just as I thought he loved it so much!

Just as a side note, while reading the book the second time I started thinking to myself this book seems familiar and after reading the back of the book, it then made sense. It was an inspiration from the story stone soup which my son read in pre school (that made the book even better). I liked this story way better though!

I usually do not write reviews for children's books but I just had to pass on my feelings because this book is a definitely a diamond in the ruff!
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