Bone Soup

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Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth.
When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will ...

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Overview

Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth.
When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Drawn with a colorful, contemporary edge."—Des Moines Register

"The illustrations, which borrow paneled layouts and speech balloons from the comics, are filled with tiny visual jokes. Kids will eat Bone Soup up."—Washington Post

Kristi Jemtegaard
Familiarity with Stone Soup, the traditional tale of three hungry soldiers who trick an entire village into making soup for them from a pebble, isn't absolutely necessary to enjoy this deliciously shivery send-up…but it adds to the fun…Kids will eat Bone Soup up.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Finnigin, known for his prodigious appetite, travels the land with his eating stool, eating spoon, and gigantic eating mouth. One Halloween he arrives at a barren place, where a witch has already warned the beast, zombies, etc., who live there of his arrival. "We have barely enough for ourselves," they say, as they hide their spider eggs, dried mouse droppings, and other repulsive provisions and turn Finnigin from their doors. In this ghostly reflection of the traditional tale of Stone Soup, however, Finnigin sets a cauldron to boil in the town square, singing his song of the Bone Soup he makes with his magic bone. The skeptical folks are soon persuaded to add their ingredients. The result, of course, is a "fabulous soup" to share for the Halloween feast. On the jacket we see Finnigin's round face, triangular hole for a nose, curved grin with Chiclets teeth, round eyes popping in anticipation of the eyeball-filled spoon he raises to his mouth. The cover is more sedate, with framed title hung on a striped wall, as our hero peeks over a peeling corner. The illustrator uses pen, watercolor, and collage with digital color to create sketchy, non-frightening, almost appealing odd characters and speech balloons, along with rich details of their homes and activities. The soup itself with labeled ingredients floating on it green surface is almost appetizing. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Even the zombies are lovable in Evans's charming Halloween-themed rendition of "Stone Soup." The skeletal Finnigin, a macabre but friendly feasting traveler, is known far and wide for his ravenous appetite. When he comes upon a beautiful barren land, he is sure that a wonderful Halloween feast awaits him. But a flying witch catches sight of him and warns the beast, the zombies, and the mummy of his approach. They all quickly pack away their prized stewed eyeballs and bat wings and turn Finnigin away when he comes calling. Undeterred, he cleverly begins to brew a soup with his magic bone, and, one by one, each creature emerges to investigate. Seasoned with sprightly, luminescent watercolors and the perfect dose of gross-out factor, this tale has all the right ingredients for a hearty storytime. Early elementary audiences will especially appreciate the spread that points out all the gloriously awful additions to the yellow-green soup-spider eggs, dried mouse droppings, toenail clippings, dandelions, and other assorted items fit for creatures of the night. Bone Soup is a welcome addition to the holiday repertoire, as well as a pleasurable read for students completing comparative folktale assignments.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Finnigin the monster is something of an itinerant Eater, carrying his eating stool, spoon and, of course, "gigantic eating mouth" with him wherever he goes. When he happens upon a village populated by witches, ghouls and mummies, he finds his reputation precedes him, and the bogeys have stashed their yummies away. Finnigin's a canny Eater, though, and he makes a show of whipping up a batch of bone soup, with results anyone familiar with the traditional tale of "Stone Soup" will recognize. Evans's smiling, round-headed ghasts will terrify no one; the black-and-bile palette provides all the Halloween atmosphere young readers could desire. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618809080
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 920,244
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cambria Evans studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design. She and her husband, Kari, live and work as freelance illustrators in Brooklyn, where they celebrate Halloween every day.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    Adorable Halloween story and beautiful illustrations.

    I was looking for a Halloween story to read to my daughter's 1st grade class. Bone Soup was perfect! It used Halloween characters but wasn't scary and the illustrations were beautiful. I also liked the fact that both the girls and boys enjoyed it. After reading the story, we made our own "bone soup" in a cauldron. Perfect addition to any child's home library or early education classroom.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    The illustrations alone are worth the price!

    For older children (and adults, as well) this story has a lesson of the importance of 'sharing', which is quite similar to a great book written long ago called STONE SOUP-- but the weird and wonderful illustrations on each page of BONE SOUP make this soooo much more interesting to the younger set. My four year old grandson asks me 'read' it to him every time he comes to my house. I know it's the pictures that grab and hold his attention but I think he's also getting a little bit of the story's underlying 'message'. Plus I love reading it to him and getting a little creeped out, myself, at the spooky, scary drawings of the verrry weird characters! A definite TWO thumbs up!

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