Skeleton for Dinnerby Margery Cuyler, Will Terry (Illustrator)
Big Witch and Little Witch have made stew, and now they want to have their friends for dinner! But when Skeleton mistakes the guest list for a menu, he takes off running, and soon Ghost and Ghoul join him too! But poor Little Witch has no idea there’s a misunderstanding. Luckily there’s one creature in the haunted forest who can help everyone figure it all out.
This spooky and silly read-aloud is just right for Halloween.
"The occasionally rhyming verse, along with some changes in text size and font, creates a natural rhythm for Halloween-themed read-alouds." The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2013
"This book is made for reading aloud and will be a great addition to a library's Halloween collection, but it's also a fun title that children will enjoy at any time of the year." Booklist, October 10, 2013
"Despite the threat of death by cauldron, neither contributor lets things get too frightening as the story works its way to a happy ending for all." Publishers Weekly, July 19, 2013
"Veteran Cuyler keeps the text flowing and sets a just-right pace for reading aloud. . . Skeleton's cool white and Ghost's translucent wash of white makes them glow on the page. . . Make sure to tuck in to this delicious tale." Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013
K-Gr 2—"We must have Skeleton for dinner," says Big Witch to Little Witch as they brew a stew. But what does that mean? While the witches want their friends Skeleton, Ghoul, and Ghost to eat a meal, Skeleton assumes they will be the meal. His subsequent flight, the witches' disappointment, and a linguistic intervention by Crow all lead up to a delicious ending. The lightweight premise and thin plot are occasionally enhanced by lively and lilting language, as in the stew recipe: "shark fins and snake skins, spider silk and centaur's milk, catfish whiskers and banshee blisters." Terry's intensely colored cartoons are childlike and not the least bit scary, even though they effectively convey a Halloween mood. The final scene feels more like a cookout than a spooky gathering. Skeleton for Dinner will be an apt selection during discussions of ghoulish Halloween dining as well as the quirks of the English language.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Meet the Author
Margery Cuyler has worked in publishing for more than twenty years and is the author of many books for children, including 100th Day Worries and The Bumpy Little Pumpkin. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, their two sons, and two cats. Her website is www.margerycuyler.com. Will Terry has illustrated more than twenty picture books including The Three Little Gators and Little Rooster's Diamond Button. He teaches illustration part-time at Utah Valley State College, creates ebook apps, and lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with his wife and three sons. His website is www.willterry.com.
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