The Bones of Fred McFee

The Bones of Fred McFee


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The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting, Kurt Cyrus

A skeleton takes on a life of its own in this eerie Halloween story told in a Poe-like cadence.

In this rhythmic story, an unsuspecting brother and sister bring a toy skeleton home from the harvest fair. They name it Fred McFee and hang it from a sycamore tree. Soon, eerie things begin to happen: The rooster disappears. The hens won't lay. Most terrifying of all, Fred's bones dance clickety-clack as night winds howl. And then on Halloween night, Fred McFee vanishes!

Eve Bunting's gleefully ghoulish tale is sure to become a Halloween classic.

Author Biography: Eve Bunting is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott Medal–winning Smoky Night . Her numerous honors include the prestigious Kerlan Award for her body of work. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.

Kurt Cyrus is the illustrator of Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler and The Mousery by Charlotte Pomerantz, as well as O ddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden of Verses, which he both wrote and illustrated. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152020040
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: 1
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts, and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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What an outstanding story! I was riveted from the first line i read and blown away by the fantastic illustrations. The book not only entices you to read more but also keeps you at the edge of your seat. The illustrations are both spine-tickling and beautiful at the same time. My children and I as well as my husband enjoy reading this captivating story and highly recommend it to those who love a good chill and who have an appreciation for phenomenal artwork.