Jean-Luc Fromental, Joëlle Jolivet
Ages 5 to 7, Grades K to 2
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“There were 1,275 skeletons living peacefully in Bonesville. They each had 206 bones. That meant there were 262,650 bones. “
When a monster starts stealing bones from the good citizens of Bonesville (all of the skeletal persuasion, of course), Sherlock Bones is on the case. The monster runs off with the radius of Mrs. Strongbones, the fibula of T-bone the butcher, and twelve vertebrae belonging to the patients in Dr. Crackbones’s waiting room. Yes, there is chaos in Bonesville, but Sherlock’s careful note taking and attention to detail let him set the perfect trap and close the cranium on this silly—and suprisingly educational—mystery.
The cover of this book might look a bit spooky, but the tale inside is bone-rattling fun that teaches kids about the human skeleton. It’s large size makes it fun to handle and share, and the black or blue backgrounds on the pages give it a graphic twist that is very appealing—especially for a nighttime tale.
Oh, and I’m not much for dust jackets, usually. (I even wrote a popular blog post detailing five alternative uses them.) But this one is pretty special: It folds out into a poster diagramming all of the bones in the human body. What a super surprise!