Rattlebone Rock

Rattlebone Rock

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by Sylvia Andrews, Jennifer Plecas
     
 

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BOOM! CLACKA-CLACK!

The skeletons dance
And rattle their bones.
Ghosts join in
With musical moans.
Mice squeak by
And bats swoop down.
The BOOMA beat echoes
All through the town.
Witches and goblins
Make the tombstones Knock.
It's time to dance
To the Rattlebone Rock!

Author Biography: Born in County Down, Northern Ireland,

Overview

BOOM! CLACKA-CLACK!

The skeletons dance
And rattle their bones.
Ghosts join in
With musical moans.
Mice squeak by
And bats swoop down.
The BOOMA beat echoes
All through the town.
Witches and goblins
Make the tombstones Knock.
It's time to dance
To the Rattlebone Rock!

Author Biography: Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, Sylvia Andrews teaches creative writing to elementary school students in West Palm Beach, FL. This is her first picture book.

Jennifer Plecas has illustrated several books including the ALA Notable book, The Outside Dog written by Charlotte Pomerantz. She lives in Blue Springs, MO.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Various imaginary creatures dance through this rhythmic Halloween revel. In a grassy graveyard dotted with skeletal trees, they cavort to a rhymed rap beat. First the tombstones knock, ``Booma Boom! Booma Boom!'' Then, with each flip of the page, another being joins in: skeletons rattle, ``Clacka-clack!''; ghosts moan, ``Ooooa-Ooo!''; and so on. When the rhythm of the celebration reaches town, rattling dishes and syncopating clocks, curious townspeople of all races rush to join the fun``Even the mayor boogied to the beat.'' Sketchy cartoon drawings animate the pages, adding childlike images and movement. As each new group joins in, the others continue. Finally the hillside is filled with kicking, twirling, leaping people and creatures. The rollicking beat and lively illustrations make this a welcome addition to Halloween collections.Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064434843
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
09/30/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.81(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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Rattlebone Rock 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Eerie Sounds Make Music in the Cemetery' 4 stars 'Rattle bone Rock' tells a tale of shaking tombstones, dancing skeletons, and swaying ghosts. On each page, the noises are detailed, such as 'ooooa-ooo'. Witches stir up their brew. Clocks go crazy. The noises attract the townspeople. They all go to the cemetery to dance to the noises of the Rattlebone Rock. Stephanie: 'What did you think about this book?' Parish: 'What are those?' She points to the witches. Stephanie: 'They are witches stirring their brew. It is sort of like cooking, but they use things like frog eyes, chicken necks, and things like that. They use it to put spells on people.' Stephanie: 'Isaac, what do you think?' Isaac: 'Look!' He points to the skeletons. Stephanie: 'Do you want to keep this book or give it away?' Parish: 'I want to keep it.' Isaac grabs it from me to look more closely at the skeletons. This is a fun Halloween book. It is not scary. Most of the words are easy for beginning readers. The word 'syncopating' may be a bit much for this reading level, but other than that, the words are easy to sound out for 1st and 2nd graders. Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins, Parish Rollins (age 3), and Isaac Rollins (agel)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Plecas has illustrated yet another great children's book. My kids (ages 4 and 7) have loved this one for several years now, so we're finally investing in the hardcover edition. The rocking poem/story is cute and catchy. The only problem is, my kids get so into it that they want to dance around while I read it to them -- not exactly what I look for in a bedtime book! But all the same, I highly recommend this book. It has become one of our family's classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 & 4 year old children LOVED this book, we borrowed it from the library and after I read it the first time all I heard was, "Read it again Mommy!" We now have our own copy to read over & over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son borrowed Rattlebone Rock from our school library and we have read it many times. Decided it was time to purchase it for our home library. Rattlebone Rock is an awesome book with a nice rhythm to it. Read it with your own beat and you will discover how quickly the words fall into your own rhythm. Rattlebone Rock is a great picture book that is fun and creative. As a parent or as a teacher your kids will really enjoy the story and the 'beat.' My kids were dancing to the story!