Skeleton Cat

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A spooky Halloween read-aloud guaranteed to tickle the smallest funny bones!

After nine lives, Skeleton Cat is back for his tenth. And he has big dreams: to be a drummer. So he rattles and shakes his way through town to find the perfect band. And this phantom cat cause quite a hilarious scene.

Kristyn Crow's punchy beat, rollicking action, and clever rhyme paired with Dan Krall's ghoulishly charming art makes...

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A spooky Halloween read-aloud guaranteed to tickle the smallest funny bones!

After nine lives, Skeleton Cat is back for his tenth. And he has big dreams: to be a drummer. So he rattles and shakes his way through town to find the perfect band. And this phantom cat cause quite a hilarious scene.

Kristyn Crow's punchy beat, rollicking action, and clever rhyme paired with Dan Krall's ghoulishly charming art makes Skeleton Cat a perfect, catchy read-aloud for all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Opening with a stormy night, there's a crash and zap at the headstone in the cemetery. Underground, a skeleton cat stirs awake and somehow appears upon the ground level with his musical sounds of rattles, clinks, and kaplinks. He finds an ad for a band that needs a drummer. The skeleton cat has had dreams of being a drummer in his previous lives. He sets out to audition for the position despite the discouraging comments from the ghosts and ghouls in the graveyard. This cat clinks and rattles through the town to the audition. He makes some narrow escapes from different kinds of adversaries. Young children may enjoy the onomatopoeia of the skeleton cat's drumming and the rhythm of the language of this story told in verse; Skeleton Cat is definitely a story to be read aloud. The illustrations are as colorful as are the ghost, ghouls, and drummers in the story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—After his grave is zapped by lightning, a skeleton cat pops out of the ground and decides to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a drummer. The ghosts laugh at him, and people and animals try to stop him, but the determined feline arrives at the band audition to prove that those old cat bones have soul. The stylized font and irregular text placement along with the lively page design and comic-spooky digital cartoons keep the story moving. The chorus of "Rattle, rattle./Clink, clink./Rattle, rattle, clink./Tip tap. Clickety-clack./Ka-plink, ka-plink, ka-plink," which repeats throughout the rhymed text, could make for a fun read-aloud, although the final drum solo goes on a bit too long. This original paperback may not hold up to regular library use, but could be an additional purchase for not-so-scary storytimes.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Rhyming verse unfolds in hip-hop rhythm to describe the humorous antics of a most likable, bony feline in this tale of pursuing a dream no matter what. A dramatic zap of lightning opens the story and magically awakens a cat from the grave. When the wind blows in a notice about a drumming audition, the cat rattles and rollicks out of the cemetery and through the city--alarming adults and impressing school kids along the way. When he arrives, the motley band is skeptical at first: "…they called him nuts. / 'Cause ‘You're not gonna make it / if you ain't got guts!' " Skeleton Cat responds with his refrain, "He went: / Rattle, rattle. Clink, clink. / Rattle, rattle, clink. / Tip tap. Clickety-clack. / Ka-plink, / ka-plink, / ka-plink." Krall matches Crow's energetic text with a palette of contrasting graveyard-emerald greens and bright, urban pinky reds set against jet black backgrounds. Just this side of garish, the vibrant palette perfectly focuses readers on the cool white skeleton of the aspiring drummer. The digitally rendered, cartoony art coupled with the "undercat" theme is sure to inspire an entertaining and highly interactive storytime. A warning for those reading this aloud: really practice that finale jam. Applause for this very silly and slightly spooky cool cat that follows his own beat! (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545153850
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,391,219
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristyn Crow is the author of many humorous books for kids including, BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan; COOL DADDY RAT, illustrated by Mike Lester; and THE MIDDLE-CHILD BLUES, illustrated by David Catrow. She lives with her husband and their litter of seven kids in Utah. You can visit her Web site at

Dan Krall is an animator by day and a picture book illustrator by night. His first book is Being a PIG IS NICE: A CHILD'S-EYE VEIW OF MANNERS, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. He lives in California.

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

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    A catchy rhyming read

    Skeleton cat awakes from the grave with a big dream. He wants to be a drummer. Despite the discouragement from the other ghost and ghouls of the graveyard, when he sees a flyer for an audition that night, Skeleton Cat makes his was across town. As he rattles and shakes, clinks and ka-plinks, Skeleton Cat finds his beat. But will he find his perfect band too?
    With silly rhymes, an upbeat attitude, and catchy illustrations, Skeleton Cat makes a great read out loud.
    Recommended for readers age 4-8.

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