Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth.
When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Cambria Evans also wrote and illustrated Martha Moth Makes Socks. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.cambriaevans.com.
What People are Saying About This
"Drawn with a colorful, contemporary edge."Des Moines Register
"The illustrations, which borrow paneled layouts and speech balloons from the comics, are filled with tiny visual jokes. Kids will eat Bone Soup up."Washington Post
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was looking for a Halloween story to read to my daughter's 1st grade class. Bone Soup was perfect! It used Halloween characters but wasn't scary and the illustrations were beautiful. I also liked the fact that both the girls and boys enjoyed it. After reading the story, we made our own "bone soup" in a cauldron. Perfect addition to any child's home library or early education classroom.
Most children know the story "Stone Soup", so I always tell my students that the author took "Stone Soup" and Halloween-ized it, giving us Bone Soup. Kids generally like the premise, the great monsters, the icky monster food, and the luminous illustrations.Finnigin is known far and wide as "The Eater", and a penniless one at that. One Halloween he's traveling in a lovely barren land looking for a Halloween Feast. A witch on her broomstick sees him and races home to warn the other monsters in the village that "The Eater" is coming. All of the townscreatures (including a family of the cutest zombies ever) stash their food and lock the doors. Poor Finnigan comes through town lookingfor a feast and finds nothing. He goes from door to door asking if anyone can spare "some wormy cheese and bread for a simple traveler" but he is rudely turned away every time. Luckily he's used to living by his wits, since he has no house to haunt, and he fills the town's cauldron with water and sets it to boiling. He makes a production of dropping a "magic" bone into the water and sings a song about Bone Soup. The townscreatures are drawn by his singing and one by one are tricked into providing ingrediants for the soup. Kids love the stewed eyeballs, bats wings, frog legs, toenail clippings, and more. Finnigin then tells the assembled monsters that Bone Soup is great, but best shared. Everyone enjoys a Halloween feast of Bone Soup and the kids enjoy the picture of Finnigin about to eat an eyeball.Verdict:The illustrations are simple but fun and the colors used really make it seem like things are glowing. I also love all of the creature's glowing eyes as they stare out of dark windows to see what Finnigin will do next. It's a fun seasonal story and a good one to pick up from the library and share with your family. I give it 4 out of 6 stars, a great Halloween read but you don't need to buy it.
SummaryThe main character is Finnigan. His goal is to get to the halloween feast. The problem is that he is not wanted at the feast because he eats too much and is known far and wide for his ravenous appetite. When he comes upon a beautiful barren land, he is sure that a wonderful Halloween feast awaits him. But a flying witch catches sight of him and warns the beast, the zombies, and the mummy of his approach. They all quickly pack away their prized stewed eyeballs and bat wings and turn Finnigin away when he comes calling. He cleverly begins to brew a soup with his magic bone, and, one by one, each creature emerges to investigate. Finnigan is very clever and he manages to get everyone to help him make a big pot of soup which they all liked to eat.Personal ReactionBecause of the fact that I read "Stone Soup," when I saw this book I was curious to see what it was like. It put a little twist on the story but it is similar to Stone Soup. I liked when Finnigan was thoughtful and made a soup of his own. I didn't like how Finnigan was treated in the beginning. The people were mean to him and thought he would eat all their food. The mixture sprightly, luminescent watercolors and the perfect dose of gross-out factor, made this a very interesting story that I think kids will enjoy.ExtensionsTeachers can talk about why the townspeople hid all their food when they heard Finnigin was on his way. How did he trick them into sharing with him? Why do you think they didn't think of it in the first place? What do you think about the soup he made? Do you think he was right when he said the soup was better when eaten with others? Students can also compare the story of "Stone Soup" and write about the differences and similarities.
A librarian's daughter (6 yrs) said: "It was wonderful. And it told a lot about sharing. It was fun to listen to and the skeleton said one bone and that's all it takes but she wanted to add more stuff to it."
For older children (and adults, as well) this story has a lesson of the importance of 'sharing', which is quite similar to a great book written long ago called STONE SOUP-- but the weird and wonderful illustrations on each page of BONE SOUP make this soooo much more interesting to the younger set. My four year old grandson asks me 'read' it to him every time he comes to my house. I know it's the pictures that grab and hold his attention but I think he's also getting a little bit of the story's underlying 'message'. Plus I love reading it to him and getting a little creeped out, myself, at the spooky, scary drawings of the verrry weird characters! A definite TWO thumbs up!