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Boogie Bones Paperback – August 18, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399227636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399227639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2. Boogie Bones, a skeleton who loves to dance, longs to show his stuff beyond the graveyard's iron gates but is a little intimidated by people. One night he enters a dance contest at the Town Hall, disguising himself with a hat and tuxedo. All goes well until he launches into the lindy hop and wriggles and jiggles right out of his clothes. Onlookers are aghast to see a skeleton in their midst. Only a small girl is unafraid to dance with him, and her courage inspires everyone else to clap along. "That was the happiest night of Boogie Bones's life." The ending falls a trifle flat, but the tale will delight young fans of ghost stories. Featuring brightly clad humans with Ping-Pong ball eyes and chalky skeletons in haunting shades, the illustrations are appropriately ghoulish and funny.?Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Boogie Bones just loves to dance, hardly slowed by his condition: He is a skeleton who lives in a graveyard. When he hears about a dance competition, his fellows hide his bones in an old tuxedo and off he goes. He gets through the tango fine, but when the band begins to play his favorite tune for doing the lindy hop, the clothes fly off to reveal the skeleton. A young girl with Boogie's cap over her braids is unafraid, and they dance ``until her braids were a blur and her skirt spread like a blossom.'' Rich colors and broad humor characterize the rollicking, completely unscary pictures; each spread captures something of the movement and joy of dance. Exceptionally silly. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best children's books I've come across! The subject of skeletons can be scary to a child; but here, it's presented with such delightful pictures and silly text, my 4 year-old niece "forgot" to be afraid. It's a perfect length to hold a child's interest through to the end. You can't help but cheer on Boogie Bones, as he "trips the light fantastic" at the dance. And when his true identity is revealed, it's a child who shows the townspeople there's nothing to fear. Your own children can relate to this, and maybe even conquer some of their own fears. All in all, a great book for kids of any age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Giordano on April 29, 2000
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Boogie Bones LOVED to dance -- and WE loved his story! It is so well-executed that all along the way, accompanied by exquisite illustration, we could actually feel Boogie's hope, excitement, fear, and exhilaration. Our family (3,6,9,11, plus grown-ups) was thoroughly charmed by Boogie Bones and his happy, heartfelt joy in "living".
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By bootgirl on October 11, 2013
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This is an awesome book. We got it from the library and my 5 and 7 year olds loved it. We got our own copy. We like his courage and and how a child stood right up to him. Those bones can move!
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By Yuki on January 24, 2015
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a child. We also did a play with this book. Haha.. Brings back to much good memories. I highly recommend this to your children's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared Castle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
My two sons, ages 6 and 4, are not easily scared. They love for me to read bedtime books about snakes, spiders and bugs. So, I didn't hesitate to add Boogie Bones when my 4-year old saw the book's cover, a skeleton doing a Fred Astaire move in a graveyard.

Boogie Bones' enthusiasm is undeniably cute. However, the story's whimsical tone is uneven.

Boogie disguises himself in a tuxedo, fake hair, patent leather shoes and a hat to attend the county's dance contest. A boogie move freely among the living, his dancing is even cheered, until "his hat flew off...and he wiggled right out of his tuxedo." The frightened adults (the dance judge faints "dead away") scream until a little girl announces, "I'm not afraid of any old bones!" and joins him on the dance floor. Boogie goes on to win the dance competition and brings the trophy back to his graveyard.

At the book's end, my 4-year old asked me where skeletons go. Before I could answer, his 6-year old brother said, "In the ground." That response led to several minutes of questions about skeletons, death and burial.

Any remaining whimsy the book held had fallen away like Boogie's disguise on the dance floor.

This excerpt further illustrates the book's uneven tone, "The bearded dancer grew so jealous, he dropped his partner in mid-dip and flounced off the dance floor in a rage." That sentence, and the illustration of the woman splayed across the dance floor, was jarring for a children's picture book.

In summary, while the story had great potential, I recommend young readers pass on Boogie Bones.
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