Monday, October 1, 2012

Bone Soup by: Cambria Evans
I read this book as part of the FrightFall Read-A-Thon.

Title: Bone Soup  Author: Cambria Evans Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company  Pages: 32

I borrowed this book from my school library.

From the inside cover: 
Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth.  When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join in a great feast with the creatures who live there.  But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the famished Finnigin.  So what’s a hungry skeleton to do?  Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?

I loved this book!  A (very) creative take on the old Stone Soup tale, this one brings out all of a child’s favorite spooky creatures (werewolves, witches, and zombies, oh my!)  Children love the predictability and the (mild) gross-out factor.  The main character is humble and lovable, and accomplishes his goals through creative thinking.  Humorous illustrations add to the charm. This book will appeal to younger and older children alike.

Read this book if:
*You love “scary” children’s stories
*You loved the old Stone Soup folktale (An excellent compare and contrast lesson)

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