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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
The Skullington Family’s Boney Fingers is a wonderful book with rhyming prose that’s fun to read. Author M.J. Evans has created imaginative names and added lots of humorous puns to her newest book. This children’s picture book is fun to read aloud for children—and parents who’ll get a chuckle from the boney words and terms. This rhyming tale includes a lot of humorous skeleton terms and puns like Mrs. Skullington worked her fingers to the bone—and that’s what makes it fun to read. Tibia perfectly honest, I think this is a wonderful, hilarious way to start a conversation—read this book and keep the dialog going with other boney puns. Teachers will like the rhyming words of this poetic verse while it tickles the funny bone of young children. My favorite lines are short and sweet and rhyme especially on page 8. Mrs. Skullington has a “bone of contention” or a “bone to pick” with her family who seems to be “lazy bones.” But, after a meeting of the skulls, they work it out and they’re able to spend more time playing their favorite game, Operation.
Illustrator Yana Karpenko has created whimsical and artistic full-color images that draw young readers into The Skullington Family’s Boney Fingers, while author M.J. Evans keeps them amused. The artwork creates the skeleton or framework on which the story is based. Whimsical and offbeat, the Skullington parents have interesting jobs that provide imagery for the story. What is the Skullington family’s favorite meal? Spare ribs. What does Mr. Skullington write in his free time? A spinal column. How many other “humerus” puns can you come up with to tickle your funny bone or rattle your bones? Books that encourage participation or dialog are the best books of all!