Skelly & Femur

Jimmy Pickering

Book - 2009

Skelly the skeleton girl and her dog Femur search for the many things that have suddenly gone missing in Skelly Manor.

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New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm
Main Author
Jimmy Pickering (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this follow-up to Skelly the Skeleton Girl, the cadaverous "Skelly," who sports prominent eyelashes and a decorative bat in her orange hair, and her dog, Femur, are alarmed when their possessions go missing, including the buttons from Skelly's dress, Femur's bone and items belonging to the other residents of Skelly's mansion. "My umbrella is missing. Now I must stay indoors," declares a cranky coffin dweller with bat-shaped glasses. The duo is "stumped," until a noise in the attic leads them to the answer. The story itself jump-cuts rapidly between spooky locations, but Pickering's gothic-cute illustrations exude personality. Ages 4–7. (Aug.) [Page 56]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4-7–The girl and dog from Skelly the Skeleton Girl (S & S, 2007) are back for another spooky story. This time, the inhabitants of the haunted house are missing several items–Femur's bone, Skelly's buttons, some spoons, an umbrella, dishes, and a rusty anchor. They hear strange noises in the attic and discover that a mouse dressed as a mad scientist has used their belongings to invent a cheese-making machine. He invites them to share his creation, and they all make a new friend. As in the first book, Pickering's mixed-media illustrations feature a black and purple color scheme with Tim Burton-esque characters and a setting that may appeal to children who like to get a little bit scared. Although there isn't much of a story, this book will probably appeal to fans of the previous outing.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT [Page 67]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Skelly the skeleton girl and her dog Femur search for the many things that have suddenly gone missing in Skelly Manor.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Skelly's buttons go missing and her dog, Femur, can't find his bone, the two devoted friends begin an investigation to find out who took their items and why in this easy-to-read, colorfully illustrated picture book, from the author of Skelly the Skeleton Girl.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

All sorts of things are missing around Skelly Manor. Skelly is missing her buttons. Her dog, Femur, is missing his bone. The ghosts are missing their dishes. Where could they all be? And who took them? The answer will surprise and delight readers of all ages. This gently scary sequel will be a favorite for Halloween and year-round.