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Shake Dem Halloween Bones Hardcover – September 29, 1997

4.7 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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"Children will sing and dance and chant the refrain as they shake their bones with the hip-hop rhyming words and the swirling pictures." —Booklist Booklist, ALA

"The rhythm is infectious. . . . This should keep the storytime set jiggling to the last scoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-wah. Yeah!" —Horn Book Horn Book

From the Back Cover

It's Halloween night.

The city is quiet.

The city is still.

But as the lights go down,

the music comes up --

and the guests start to arrive

at the hip-hop Halloween ball!

Join Li'l Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Tom Thumb, and all of their friends for a rapping, stomping, shaking Halloween romp! --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395730953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395730959
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,056,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I work in a Nursery School and the children get pretty antsy around Halloween. This one kept them all quiet and focusing on
the book. They LOVED it- I had to reread it again, and the other classes in our school had me come into their classes and read this story.
Very imaginative and all the words rhyme!! I love books that have a beat and the words rhyme like this.
Enjoy-
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Format: Paperback
This book is a halloween treat! I've read it over and over to my 19 month old who absolutly loves this book! The pictures are bright and silly, but most of all its a lot of fun to read! Other family members and friends have read it to her as well and they love the book as much as us! The words are in a sing-songy rhythm - you cant help but bounce around as you read this! I would (and have) recomended this book to everyone I know!
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By Amy on October 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book for ALL ages. I am a teacher of middle school students and I read this book to them, as well as my son's 1st grade class, AS WELL as a 1st grade class in the school at which I teach, AS WELL as my 3 year old son (many times to him I might add!!) They all loved it! It has a fantastic rhythm as well as references to favorite fairy tale characters.
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I purchased this book based on the reviews, which I normally find very helpful especially when most readers all feel strongly about a book. I don't know if it was just the mood we were in or our taste is just different on this one, but nobody in our family thought it was very good (me, my husband, our 4 year old, an uncle, a cousin...) and it just failed to capture us. My child loves Halloween and books, and she had us read it once and NEVER asked for it again.

I know almost all the other reviews are really positive, but we just didn't feel the same way.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book for the first time this year and we all love it! My kindergarten class wants to hear it again and again! Great rhythm!
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By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic for young and old alike. Two year olds love the imaginitive pictures and the rhythmic text. Eight year olds love to see familiar fairy tale characters in a new light. Adults enjoy reading the fun lyrics. It's a great Halloween tale for the whole family.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a retired elementary principal that has been called back every year to read this book to my former K-2 students. They not only love the story, but it is an excellent teaching oportunity for our reading classes as we compare the characters in this book to characters in previously read children's books. I highly recommend it for any elementary classroom.
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Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
Reading at night to kids of different ages is a struggle so my husband and I will often have to split up the reading to our kids. But, on nights where just one of us is around to put them to bed, this is one we can rely on getting everyone's attention including the adults. It's a great read though, I've been told by my son I don't "sing" it as well as Daddy. Definitely a must to have in a home library especially around Halloween time.
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