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The Skeleton in the Closet Hardcover – August 5, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688177387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688177386
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A red-haired boy drawn in the style of a comic-book character tells readers about a child-sized skeleton with glowing green eyes that comes in the night to borrow his clothes. Schertle's rhythms build suspense but the growing dread coupled with the first view of the intruder may be a bit much for very young horror fans. The author excels at imagery ("-snoring like a motorcycle") and at making fun of the pop-eyed skeleton's search as he helps himself to spaceman underpants and a striped scarf, among many other items. Eventually, this creature looks more like a gawky toddler than a frightening skeleton, but the author grabs readers from behind again, saying, "-you might not hear him when he climbs your stairs. He'll be quiet, quiet, quiet, in my bedroom slipper bears." Delightfully scary, but not for the preschool set.
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. "Got two shiny shin bones and little bone toes / but I'm wearin' no skin, so EVERYTHING shows / Comin' up to find some skeleton clothes!" This hilarious picture book takes its title literally: a skeleton, tired of being bare-boned, ransacks a little boy's closet for a wardrobe. The boy narrates the tale in inventive, rap-inspired verse so catchy that even normally staid readers-aloud will find themselves bobbing their heads and funkifying their voices. There are moments of delicious suspense, but the bulbous-eyed, big-skulled skeleton is too funny looking to be frightening, and children soon recognize that he's more interested in fashion than flesh. Parents and kids alike will chuckle as the skeleton chooses a gleefully mismatched outfit topped off with heart-patterned boxer shorts. Jobling's stylized artwork hints at his background as the designer of Nick Jr.'s Bob the Builder--but maybe he'll now be known as the artist who made a skeleton expressive. Two "thumb-bones-up" for a storytime choice that won't keep preschoolers up at night. Jennifer Mattson
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This is one of their favorite books and mine too.
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We borrowed it from the library and renewed it so many times that I eventually had to break down and just buy the kids their own copy.
Maglet
I read this book to our class of 3-5 year olds, and they loved it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine S. on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian and the mother of two preschoolers, I disagree with the School Library Journal review (above) which characterized this book as too scary for preschoolers. Both at work and at home, the preschoolers with whom I've shared this have found it delightly scary ... It generated joyous guffaws and not terrified shivers. I recommend to my fellow children's librarians that they include this book in their preschool story time rotations. You - and the kids - will be happy you did!
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By Julia A. Norris on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son (4 now) loved this book! We borrowed it from the library and read it so many times, he memorized the words and begged for his own "bedroom slipper bears".

I searched online to find a copy, it's just too bad the price for a good copy is so high. I guess we will just borrow from the library from time to time.

It's refreshing to have a children's book that is fun for Mommy and Daddy too!
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By Harrisburg on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got this at the library. Loved it and bought it. We still read it also the time

Any kid would like it. It's not scary. It's fun.
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By Maglet on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My kids - ages 2 and 5 - both loved this book. For months after reading it, every time they would walk up stairs they would repeat the poem. Well written and fun (and funny). We borrowed it from the library and renewed it so many times that I eventually had to break down and just buy the kids their own copy. It's a favorite year round, but especially at Halloween!
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