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Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween Hardcover – August 1, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 2–From skeletons to vampires, the creepy icons of Halloween are presented in this collection of short, engaging poems. Forms of poetry are varied; some selections are very short, others longer, most rhyming, and some draped across spreads. "What Should I Be?" sets the stage as the narrator must decide on a costume while voicing the ultimate goal of Halloween for most children: "…superhero,/wise old wizard,/goblin for a night./Whatever I decide to be/(monster, hero, beast),/I want to get an early start/collecting all the treats!" Each playful poem is placed on a textured, brightly colored collage created by beads and fabric on canvas. The result is appealing, animated, and appropriate for younger children. While the alliterative language in "Night Flight" is imaginative with its "Flip/flap/floom" and "Dip/dap/doom," bats do not dive through the air "To land right in your hair!" This error is mitigated, however, by the overall appeal of the book and its potential use with a broad age range. Fresh, straightforward collections of short, Halloween-themed poetry are always welcome additions and this one is particularly handsome.–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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"Kids who enjoy the spooky side of Halloween will find this a treat."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A]ppealing, animated, and appropriate for younger children."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507046X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805070460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Sklansky's love affair with books began long before she could read, continued through the "reading under the covers with a flashlight" years, then found a career outlet at HarperCollins Children's Books in New York City and Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston. After editing for several years, Amy began writing her own books.

Amy's first book, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, explores the canine world with 25 poems told from a dog's point of view. It was praised by School Library Journal for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm."

Her second book, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween, celebrates the spooky and silly aspects of Halloween. This poetry collection was called "engaging" by School Library Journal and "a treat" by Kirkus.

Amy's first nonfiction picture book, Where Do Chicks Come From? (illustrated by Pam Paparone), introduces the development of a chick. Booklist wrote: "neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straight- forward presentation hits just the right tone for young children who will find details of life inside the egg fascinating."

Amy's fourth book, My Daddy and Me (illustrated by Ard Hoyt), is a universal story of love between father and child. "Forget the tie and the 'No. 1 Dad' mug," wrote The Florida Times-Union. "[The book] is a sweet but not cloying story that makes a great Father's Day gift."

Amy's fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo (illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke), tells the story of a lonely, kazoo-playing duck on a quest for joy and companionship. Booklist noted its "rhyming couplets, punctuated with an onomatopoeic kazoo-blast refrain" and "graceful, lulling rhythms."

Her first original board book, You Are My Little Cupcake, celebrates the sweetness of babies with scrumptious illustrations by Talitha Shipman. This delicious title hit #1 on the St. Louis Independent Bookstores Bestseller List and was featured in Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine.

Amy's latest book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space (illustrated by Stacey Schuett), features poems about planets, stars, moon landings, satellites and more. Each poem is accompanied by an informative factual exploration of the poem's subject matter. Publishers Weekly called it "an evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

Amy lives with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toddlermom on October 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A great alternative to giving the same old candy year after year- this book is a treat for young minds!The poems are imaginative and fun, and in the case of the poem, "Skeleton", informative.I purchased two of the books for my nephews and niece as a Halloween treat. I always like to read the books myself before giving them away and I couldn't wait to take a peek at this one. The beaded illustrations are colorful, whimsical and beautifully done. I especially loved the art and poem on "Dinner Dilemma", "House for Sale!", "A Broomstick's Life", and "What Should I Be?". If you are looking for a "Spooktacular" book that adults and children will have fun reading, choose this one along with "From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On", by the same author, and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Nana on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an adult but love this Halloween book. It is written for children but I enjoy it and have given a copy of ths book to numerous friends (who have grandchildren) as well as to some of my favorite children. It has interested me that boys who are not readers by nature, seem to enjoy this book very much. Girls also adore the book but always seem easier to interest in reading than boys. Have a look! Don't pass up this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NY Chick on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Of all the halloween books we checked out of the library last year (and that was a LOT), this one was my 5-year-old's favorite, and mine, too! It has all of the Halloween necessities -- skeletons, witches, pumpkins, etc. -- but wasn't too scary for a young child. The poems are delightful, and the book is a great way to introduce young children to various forms of poetry, both rhythmic and more free-form. The book includes a wide variety of poems, but thankfully, it's still just the right length for a bedtime read. Lastly, the pictures really make this book stand out from all the rest -- the beading work is amazing. This book will delight children and adults alike!
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I'm a beader, and saw an ad for this book in a magazine many years ago. I saved it, wanting to pick it up sometime. I found it a few months ago, tucked in some old papers, and decided to see if it was still around. It was, and I was so happy to be able to get a copy.

The poems are cute--my 3-year-old likes me to read them to her. And the illustrations are so cleverly done, beautifully rendered, and inspiring, I bought the second book these two collaborated on! It's about dogs, and just as cute and fun.

As a creative individual, I appreciate the artistry of others, and this book is no exception! As a kid's book, it is perfect for Halloween. As beading inspiration for Halloween junkies, it is gold.
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