Reviews for Shake Dem Halloween Bones


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 1997
Ages 3^-7. Halloween is a good night to fracture all those fairy tale characters. In this rhythmic, joyful picture book, cool, contemporary Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, and other storybook creatures in sneakers and shades "shake, shake dem bones" and party together. In Reed's glowing oil paintings, monsters shine everywhere in the dark, the radiator grows legs and arms, eyes gleam in an open drawer, and teeth shine in the letter slot. Li'l Red dances with Jack, who has a cow to sell. Goldilocks with seven bright braids is twirling those bears ("No wonder she busted their rockin' chairs"). Tom Thumb is fine in baggy jeans and baseball cap on backward ("For a tiny little guy, he can shake it on home"). Like Hamanaka's Hokey Pokey , this is a book for group sharing and joining in. Children will sing and dance and chant the refrain as they shake their bones with the hip-hop rhyming words and the swirling pictures. ((Reviewed October 1, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Young folks dressed as familiar fairy tale characters, including Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb, Snow White, Goldilocks, and Rapunzel, cut a caper at a ""hip-hop Halloween ball"" hosted by a disc jockey with a jack-o'-lantern for a head. Amusing illustrations depict the folktale characters in combat boots, sneakers, jeans, and sunglasses. The rhymed text, forced and often faltering, lacks narrative strength. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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