Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween


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Thrillsome, shocking, bewitching-Halloween! It's the only night of the year where a being can truly be . . . itself! But Halloween's...

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Jack o' lantern

Jack o' light.

Jack o' darkness.

Jack o' night.

A spirited collection of Halloween poems

guaranteed to tickle the funny bone

Thrillsome, shocking, bewitching-Halloween! It's the only night of the year where a being can truly be . . . itself! But Halloween's not just for goblins. Read along and see for yourself as bats, witches, daring adventurers, even ordinary kids (especially ordinary kids!) are excited to come out for tricks or treats.

Spooky-fun poems and winning hand-beaded illustrations perfectly capture the fun of this much-loved holiday.

An illustrated collection of short poems about witches, werewolves, broomsticks, and other signs of Halloween.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Kids who enjoy the spooky side of Halloween will find this a treat."—Kirkus Reviews

"[A]ppealing, animated, and appropriate for younger children."—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
"Beady" refers to more than just evil eyes in Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween by Amy Sklansky, illus. by Karen Dismukes. As in their From the Doghouse, the fabric and bead artwork brings to life a collection of poems on haunting topics. In "A Witch's Favorite Day," a green-complected hag laments, "I only come out at night/ because I'm such a fright./ This sadly is my plight / except on Halloween." (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Get ready for Halloween! Twenty-one breezy and rhythmic poems await the reader. Imaginative verse ranges in style, subject, and length. From choosing a costume to scary characters such as vampires and witches, the mood for the fun-filled day is set. "Jack o' Lantern, Jack o' light. Jack o' darkness. Jack o' night. Jack o' scary, Jack o' mean. Jack o' lantern, Halloween!" The artwork is cleverly executed and adds to the joy of the holiday. Artistic beadwork set on bold fabrics is stunning to behold. Bright vivid colors display a gangly skeleton, a haunted house, and frolicking ghosts. Turn the book upside down to view the bat and sideways to meet Frankenstein. So, rustle up some of your favorite goblins and enjoy the fun of Halloween! 2004, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 5 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-From skeletons to vampires, the creepy icons of Halloween are presented in this collection of short, engaging poems. Forms of poetry are varied; some selections are very short, others longer, most rhyming, and some draped across spreads. "What Should I Be?" sets the stage as the narrator must decide on a costume while voicing the ultimate goal of Halloween for most children: "-superhero,/wise old wizard,/goblin for a night./Whatever I decide to be/(monster, hero, beast),/I want to get an early start/collecting all the treats!" Each playful poem is placed on a textured, brightly colored collage created by beads and fabric on canvas. The result is appealing, animated, and appropriate for younger children. While the alliterative language in "Night Flight" is imaginative with its "Flip/flap/floom" and "Dip/dap/doom," bats do not dive through the air "To land right in your hair!" This error is mitigated, however, by the overall appeal of the book and its potential use with a broad age range. Fresh, straightforward collections of short, Halloween-themed poetry are always welcome additions and this one is particularly handsome.-Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Halloween happenings of the mildly scary sort are the thematic focus of this collection of 21 short poems. Most of the poems rhyme, although a few are non-rhyming, in the style (but not the exact form) of haiku. Many of the poems are excellent; a few have some amateurish rhymes or sing-song rhythm; and one or two need a touch of Halloween magic to come alive. If the quality of the poems is a little uneven, the volume's polished design and enchanting beaded illustrations maintain a high level of quality and interest throughout. Dismukes exhibits a fine sense of style and graphic design in her jewel-toned fabric collages embellished with buttons and rows of beads. Her Halloween creatures are a delight: Frankenstein, a green-faced witch, a Cyclops, skeletons, spiders, and ghostly trick-or-treaters in costume. A clever black cat with a curly tail makes repeated but slightly altered appearances, sporting tiny matching fangs for a vampire poem and just one eye when the Cyclops comes to call. Kids who enjoy the spooky side of Halloween will find this a treat. (Poetry. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805070460
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy E. Sklansky is the author of From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, which School Library Journal praised for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm." A writer and freelance editor of children's books, Ms. Sklansky lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.

Karen Dismukes contributed beaded art to From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On. A freelance artist and art director, she lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Loses that poetic rhythm

    I was hoping this would be a good coffee table book to have out during the Halloween season when hosting adult parties. Alas, it was not meant for the over 10 years of age set. Of the twenty poems presented in the book and the one on the back cover, only five held any interest for me. The others failed to have a poetic rhythm that I could follow. I do believe that children between 3 and 10 would enjoy the poems more than any adult I know as they describe the Halloween experience very well. They just don¿t work as poetic structure for me. Most of the poems begin with a good cadence but lose that rhythm toward the middle to the end of the poem. The best part of the whole book was the illustrations; all of which are beading done on canvas. They are colorful and realistic. Ms. Dismukes should stop illustrating books and begin a career as a pattern maker for beading. Any and all of these illustrations would make wonderful beading kits that would sell at such stores as Joann¿s or Michaels. I hope to see Ms. Dismukes make the change from illustrating books to craft kit maker as her talents are wasted in not sharing her work with the craft industry.

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