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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
What would you do if you were a lonely skeleton living in a closet? Felipe Femur by Russell Dorn is an adorable children's picture book about a fun-loving skeleton that lives in the spooky village of Toonstone with his uncommon, but caring friends. Felipe Femur has been feeling isolated and sad. After all, a skeleton can only play so many games by himself before he starts to long for the company of other monsters. When Felipe decides to visit some of his monster friends, he discovers that sometimes friendship is more than just having fun together; it's about support and companionship. While visiting his friend, the hungry, toothless werewolf, Felipe helps him whip together a hairy, scary sandwich. While talking with the sun-loving vampire and not-so-wicked witch, Felipe discovers that, although he is different in some ways, he is still loved and has friends when he needs them. Can Felipe learn to accept himself and still enjoy his friends?
Felipe Femur by Russell Dorn is a beautifully illustrated children's storybook about a bunch of monsters living in a supernatural town of strange creatures that defy the norm. I am always in search of a good, spooky book to read with my son, who believes that Halloween should be year-round, and this book is perfect! I shy away from horror and all things creepy, but this book shows just enough spookiness to set the mood without scaring a child into nightmares. I loved that it helps a child learn to read while entertaining them with unusual characters and situations. The book is written and illustrated by twin brothers, and their unique style enhances the enjoyment of the story. This book is ideal for children aged four to eight.