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The Robe of Skulls (Tales from the Five Kingdoms Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

How Interesting!

One of my students purchased this book from a book fair to add to our classroom library. I took it home this weekend because the cover and title caught my eye. Needless to say I read the book in two days and would have loved to finish it in one sitting. The characters i...
One of my students purchased this book from a book fair to add to our classroom library. I took it home this weekend because the cover and title caught my eye. Needless to say I read the book in two days and would have loved to finish it in one sitting. The characters in this story are very creative starting with their names. The is a just for fun book, I am going to pick up the second one this week. I can't wait to see what happens to Gracie Gillypot and her wretched step sister Foyce.

posted by classlibraryadditions on October 18, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A odd delight

I must admit this is a book where I saw the cover and immediately wanted to read it. After reading the description it sounded amusing, so I picked it up. It's probably clear from this plot overview that the book makes liberal use of familiar fantasy motifs. The fearless...
I must admit this is a book where I saw the cover and immediately wanted to read it. After reading the description it sounded amusing, so I picked it up. It's probably clear from this plot overview that the book makes liberal use of familiar fantasy motifs. The fearless orphan girl, the evil stepfamily, the bored young prince, the evil sorceress, her dimwitted servant, and the magical weavers: they're all here. And their fates are what you might expect from every fairy tale you ever read. But originality is far from the most important ingredient in a good children's book; very few kids are going to be as jaded about genre clich├ęs as the average adult reader, after all. French's writing is strong where it matters: in the humor that runs throughout the book. The jokes are pretty broad, whether at the anachronistic slang of the talking bat Marlon or the stupid yet loyal troll Gubble. Humor-tinged dark fantasy seems to be very fashionable in children's fiction lately, and The Robe of Skulls is a welcome addition to the subgenre. It's also a very well designed. The delightful illustrations by Ross Collins offer the same balance between humor and creepiness as the book itself; the cover art is a fine example, though its vivid color makes it even more striking than the black-and-white internal art. Readers of children's fiction, regardless of age, will enjoy this book.

posted by Meli_Green on January 7, 2012

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    How Interesting!

    One of my students purchased this book from a book fair to add to our classroom library. I took it home this weekend because the cover and title caught my eye. Needless to say I read the book in two days and would have loved to finish it in one sitting. The characters in this story are very creative starting with their names. The is a just for fun book, I am going to pick up the second one this week. I can't wait to see what happens to Gracie Gillypot and her wretched step sister Foyce.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    Very Fun

    This book is a great read, tries to be 'scary' but is very funny, with charming illustrations that add to the characters. Both a boy and a girl main character, so good for both, and a quick read, so not too intimidating for reluctant readers. A fun summer read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Creepy but funny

    Good start to a series

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    Posted September 16, 2010

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