Skelly and Femur

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All sorts of things are missing around Skelly Manor. Skelly is missing her buttons. Her dog, Femur, is missing his bone. The ghosts are missing their dishes. Where could they all be? And who took them? The answer will surprise and delight readers of all ages. This gently scary sequel will be a favorite for Halloween and year-round.

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Overview

All sorts of things are missing around Skelly Manor. Skelly is missing her buttons. Her dog, Femur, is missing his bone. The ghosts are missing their dishes. Where could they all be? And who took them? The answer will surprise and delight readers of all ages. This gently scary sequel will be a favorite for Halloween and year-round.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Skelly the Skeleton Girl, the cadaverous “Skelly,” who sports prominent eyelashes and a decorative bat in her orange hair, and her dog, Femur, are alarmed when their possessions go missing, including the buttons from Skelly's dress, Femur's bone and items belonging to the other residents of Skelly's mansion. “My umbrella is missing. Now I must stay indoors,” declares a cranky coffin dweller with bat-shaped glasses. The duo is “stumped,” until a noise in the attic leads them to the answer. The story itself jump-cuts rapidly between spooky locations, but Pickering's gothic-cute illustrations exude personality. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Here is another new offering for the Halloween season. Skelly is a redheaded, little girl with a bat for a hair bow. Her dog's name is Femur. They live in a very spooky looking house with several scary creatures and Skelly's mother. Many objects have disappeared, including the buttons from Skelly's dress, her mother's umbrella, Femur's bone, and their dishes. Hearing an odd noise in the attic, all of them gingerly climb the stairs to investigate. A remarkable machine put together by a mouse contains all the missing articles. It is producing lovely golden cheese that the mouse invites everyone to share. On the last page, Femur, Skelly and the mouse are gleefully enjoying the cheese. Adding to the book's fun are the quirky, almost primitive illustrations. All the characters have exaggerated eyes, mouths, hands, and feet. Skelly has no neck and extremely long eyelashes. Her mother has spiked hair and huge glasses perched on a tiny nose. Femur's tail and neck are made of bones. All the pictures are done in brilliant, glowing colors that include tan, purple, orange, and red, as well as various shades of blue and green. Black is used predominantly for background, clothing, and accents. Buy this book and thoroughly entertain young children this fall. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–The girl and dog from Skelly the Skeleton Girl (S & S, 2007) are back for another spooky story. This time, the inhabitants of the haunted house are missing several items–Femur’s bone, Skelly’s buttons, some spoons, an umbrella, dishes, and a rusty anchor. They hear strange noises in the attic and discover that a mouse dressed as a mad scientist has used their belongings to invent a cheese-making machine. He invites them to share his creation, and they all make a new friend. As in the first book, Pickering’s mixed-media illustrations feature a black and purple color scheme with Tim Burton-esque characters and a setting that may appeal to children who like to get a little bit scared. Although there isn’t much of a story, this book will probably appeal to fans of the previous outing.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Skelly the skeleton girl, of the eponymous 2007 book, has lost her buttons. Her dog Femur has lost his bone. Her Venus flytraps have lost their spoons. The little ghoul-girl, hair in a bat-shaped bow, explores the house from bottom to top (with an unexplained diversion to the deep sea to investigate a sea monster's lost anchor) and discovers that everyone has lost something. But in the attic? A mouse has used the purloined items to make an elaborate cheese machine. This flimsy excuse for a plot seems to exists only to support a series of elaborate, Tim Burton-esque tableaux. Kids may enjoy the baroque illustrations of this peculiar undead family, but they're unlikely to ask for it more than once. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416971436
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,056,551
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Pickering is the author and illustrator of Skelly the Skeleton Girl. Jimmy shows his original art in galleries around the world. He lives in Oregon with his loyal canine companions, Pugsley, Wednesday, and Jesse. Visit him at www.jimmypickering.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    I bought this for myself, it reminds me of Nightmare Before Chri

    I bought this for myself, it reminds me of Nightmare Before Christmas. Brought it home and my 4 year old niece is in love with it! She asks me to read it and she then reads it to herself. I love the illustrations. Such an original character that was created. Skelly and Femur is amazing as well!

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