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Skeleton Hiccups Paperback – August 1, 2005
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When Skeleton goes outside to play ball with Ghost, the old remedies for curing hiccups are suggested. Skeleton eats some sugar (which falls through his jawbone and over his ribs), he drinks a glass of water standing on his head (he water gushes out of his eye sockets), and Ghost tries to scare him. Well, nothing works until Ghost gets a sneaky idea involving a mirror...
The team of Cuyler and Schindler have combined to produce a wonderful and funny book in "Skeleton Hiccups." The illustrations are big and bold with vibrant colors that delight the eye. Skeleton is beautifully drawn with enough detail to see his individual bones but not so much detail that he'd be scary to young children. Ghost, too, is a character, sporting a blue baseball cap he wears backwards and a pug nose. The pages are large and uncluttered and easy to read.
The text of "Skeleton Hiccups" is brief and simple, with small-font "hic! Hic! Hic!"s bouncing on each page as skeleton tries to go about his business with these pesky hiccups. When I read this book to a class of preschoolers, they really liked the hic-hic-hic part, and would repeat it every time they saw it on the page. Children who were normally a bit skittish around Halloween skeletons thought that this one was pretty funny, especially because he had troubles that they themselves have had!
"Skeleton Hiccups" is perfect for Halloween time, of course, but there's no reason why it should only be read during October. I showed the book to the art teacher at our school who immediately fell in love with it-"it's sooo hard for kids to draw skeletons!" she said, "they require so much detail. But THIS Skeleton is just perfect!" She went on to say that she intends to use this book and another one called "Hobgoblin and the Skeleton" to teach about human anatomy and proportion in her art classes.
For anyone who likes Halloween or a good laugh, for those of us who have a fascination with the human skeleton, this book comes highly recommended!!
In no way are the pictures scary, or upsetting. Margery Cuyler's writing is simplistic, and appropriate for the very young such as a 2-years old. Older children 6 and above might be amused, but bored. Skeleton Hiccups isn't a Halloween book per se, but it helped to get us in the mood for the season. My 5-year old adores this book and has slept with it for the last 10-days! A REAL winner in my corner!
S.D. Schindler's illustrations are great--very realistic, the color backgrounds are fabulous in making the skeleton stand out, there is ghoulish humor on almost every two-page spread. In fact, other reviewers note the humor, especially on the wake-up scene when Skeleton first has the hiccups. The walls are darkly purple, like bruises, the coverlet is a magnificent cardinal red, the bedside table is upheld by two grass green snakes, the foot board is a big bat spreading its wings, and the head board is a RIP tombstone. You can't get better than the sum of those items!
Skeleton's hiccups are so bad that doing simple everyday (night?) things breaks his jaw, breaks his arm, slices up a pumpkin he tries to carve with the jolt of hiccups, can't catch a ball because of jerking from hiccups. His friend Ghost gives several tips to ending hiccups--none work.
Finally, Ghost hands Skeleton a hand mirror. That does it--Skeleton shrieks in horror when he sees himself and his hiccups run away, kind of like fleas. I guess the means justifies the end in case of Hereafter friendships. I just wasn't satisfied with the ending.
I certainly would not want to discourage potential buyers from purchasing this book. Other reviewers love it. The illustrations are wonderful. That's all I am saying!