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
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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 MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved