Dem Bones

Bob Barner‘s splashy Dem Bones is a good Halloween read, or sing-a-long, if you know the tune. Publisher’s Weekly: “Using a classic African American spiritual as a springboard, Barner dives gleefully into this clever anatomy lesson. Enthusiastic members of a skeleton band cavort across the pages, strumming guitars, blowing horns and otherwise helping to establish a spirited tone while imparting bits of relevant information. Each line from the song is given its own spread; text blocks set into the illustrations give related facts [about the bones]… Splashed across a series of bright backdrops (Halloween colors predominate), Barner’s cut-and torn-paper collages are geared for tickling the funny bones of the early elementary set.” Giggle factor: depends on how much you tickle your toddler. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on October 12, 2010.

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