Skeleton Hiccups

Skeleton Hiccups

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by Margery Cuyler, S.D. Schindler

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What's the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?


What's the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?

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"Offbeat -- hic -- comedy"
-- Publishers Weekly

"Words and pictures come together to create an offbeat tale that will tickle the funny bones of primary grade children."
-- Children's Literature

Publishers Weekly
Skeleton's persistent hiccups prevent him from carving a pumpkin and other activities. "The commonplace condition and unlikely victim make for offbeat-hic-comedy," wrote PW. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Skeleton woke up only to discover he had the hiccups. His friend Ghost, attired in a backwards baseball cap, tells him to try several cures, such as to eat some sugar and drink some water upside down. When they fail, Ghost attempts to scare the hiccups away. It isn't until he brings out a mirror that Skeleton is cured. Schindler's wonderful, fragile-looking skeleton is painted against a dark background. He wakes up in a bed that has a tombstone as the headboard. The brief text is enhanced by the creative sight jokes. For example, Skeleton brushes his teeth and his lower jaw pops out; he polishes his bones and his left arm bones detach; and as he eats the sugar, it falls out through his ribcage. Words and pictures come together to create an off-beat tale that will tickle the funny bones of primary grade children. 2002, Margaret K McElderry/ Simon & Schuster,
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This simple story begs to be read aloud. With a recurring "hic, hic, hic," Skeleton attempts the day's business: he gets up, takes a shower, polishes his bones, carves a pumpkin, rakes the leaves, and plays ball with Ghost. When the traditional remedies don't work, Ghost makes a face and shouts "Boo!" at his friend, but to no avail. Finally, clever Ghost confronts Skeleton with a mirror, frightening the hiccups right out of him and sending them "hic, hic, hic"-ing over the hills. With hilarious illustrations that fill the pages, this book will be a treat for children who can laugh at the slightly macabre. Not all youngsters will be comfortable when Skeleton brushes his teeth and hiccups at the same time, jettisoning his lower jaw across the page, or when the sugar falls through his bones and water pours through his empty eye sockets as he attempts to rid himself of the bone-jarring nuisance. However, Schindler's gouache, watercolor, and ink pictures make the most out of each situation, instilling humor in every scene.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Who hasn't shared the aggravation of a whole day's worth of bone-rattling hiccups? Poor Skeleton wakes up with a deadly case that he can't shake, and it's up to his friend Ghost to think of something to scare them away. Cuyler (Stop, Drop, and Roll, 2001, etc.) cleverly brings readers through the ups and downs of Skeleton's day, from shower to ball-playing. Home folk remedies (holding his breath, eating sugar) don't seem to work, but Ghost applies a new perspective startling enough to unhinge listeners and Skeleton alike. While the concept is clever, it's Schindler's (How Santa Lost His Job, 2001, etc.) paintings, done with gouache, ink, and watercolor, that carry the day, showing Skeleton's own unique problems-water pours out of his hollow eyes when he drinks it upside down, his teeth spin out of his head when he brushes them-that make a joke of the circumstances. Oversized spreads open the scene to read-aloud audiences, but hold intimate details for sharp eyes-monster slippers, sugar streaming through the hollow body. For all the hiccupping, this outing has a quiet feel not up to the standards of some of Cuyler's earlier books, but the right audience will enjoy its fun. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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10.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
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3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler has written stories ever since she learned how to write. A children's book editor and author for more than twenty years, she now devotes most of her time to writing. Her many children's books include 100th Day Worries, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and The Biggest, Best Snowman, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Margery lives with her family in Princeton, New Jersey, in a house that's said to be haunted by a ghost!

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Skeleton Hiccups 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
queenofallthingslibrary More than 1 year ago
I read this every year in my library. It's simple, has a beat and a great sense of humor!
MsKristiesClass More than 1 year ago
I like the story Skeleton Hiccups. In the book a skeleton is trying to get rid-of his hiccups. These are some things he tried. He held his breath, ate some sugar, and pressed his fingers over his eyes.              I think this story is funny, cool, and spooky. It’s funny because the skeleton look’s in the mirror and screamed very loudly. He also has a spooky bed! If you like hiccups, skeletons, and ghosts this is the book for you!                                                                                            
Miam More than 1 year ago
This book is very well illistrated and interactive. With my almost 3 year old and 8 month old, it is a quick and fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspired me to read to kids. Now I love to read aloud to kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh boy, this book is totally fun! My 3 yr old son loves skeletons and I bought it for him for Halloween (but I think it'd be appropriate year round). He loooooooves it and asks me to read it over and over. It's a very easy read with just 1 sentence per page. The skeleton is cute - not too scary. So fun and cute!
Nymphetamine More than 1 year ago
Love this book and so does my 16 month old.We have been reading this book to our son since he was around 8 months and he LOVES it,it's a bedtime must for him,he loves having it read out loud and looking at the cute illustrations,he'll even bring the book to me to read it to him over and over. Sometimes to mix it up we read it in different voices and tones,he even claps at the end of the book. If you love spooky things and Halloween this book is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn¿t an ordinary book. It¿s truly an original, and the artwork is the shining star. S.D. Schindler's work, the same illustrator of Big Pumpkin, and The Runaway Pumpkin is fresh and creative. In no way are the pictures scary, or upsetting. In fact, the artist goes out of his way to add expression, and even places a baseball cap on Ghost in an attempt to make him look more friendly. This is a humorous take on an affable skeleton that has a problem with hiccups.