Skelly's Halloween

David Martin, 1944-

Book - 2018

When a fall causes Skelly B. Skeleton to come apart on Halloween, his animal friends try to put him back together based on their own bodies.

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Picture books
New York : Henry Holt and Company 2018.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Main Author
David Martin, 1944- (author)
Other Authors
Lori Richmond (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When a mishap leaves Skelly the skeleton just a random scattering of bones, a succession of passersby offer to put him back together. First, he asks a snake to give him a hand, but being snake-shaped isn't right. Similarly disappointed to be reassembled as an ant and then a chicken, he moans, "I'm like Humpty Dumpty." But then along comes a trio of costumed children, and in next to no time, Skelly is again himself. Off he goes with his new friends shouting the traditional "Trick or treat, smell our feet, give us something good to eat!" Richmond sets these cartoon goings-on in misty, moonlit surroundings, but depicts Skelly in a nonscary way, even when properly put together as a sketchy assortment of separated bones topped by a fleshed-in skull with glowing green eyes, eyebrows, and a toothless, usually smiling, mouth. Skelly may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he's a true object lesson in just being oneself. No bones about it, the holiday-themed hilarity will leave young audiences chortling. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Halloween is always an exciting holiday for children and skeletons, too. Skelly, the narrator, has been asleep all year because skeletons can only come to life on Halloween. This Halloween Skelly is looking for the perfect costume. After running through his past choices that did not work out well, Skelly decides to be a ghost. This seemed to be the perfect costume until a gust of wind flew him up into the air. When Skelly landed, he was broken into many different pieces. Several animals came by and tried to put Skelly back together again, but could never find the right order. It looked like going trick-or-treating was not going to happen for Skelly this year! Luckily, a few children were walking by, and one of the children had on a skeleton costume. Together the children put Skelly back together and they all went trick-or-treating! The illustrations are cute, but not outstanding. VERDICT While not among the great Halloween books out there, this one is a fun addition, especially for children who like lighthearted nonscary holiday fare.—Nicole Detter-Smith, Homestead High School, IN Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Waking up once every year to celebrate Halloween, Skelly the playful skeleton suffers an accident that leaves him scattered in pieces and worried he will miss all the fun, in a quirky twist on Humpty-Dumpty themes. By the author of All for Pie, Pie for All.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a fall causes Skelly B. Skeleton to come apart on Halloween, his animal friends try to put him back together based on their own bodies.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A playful skeleton lives for trick-or-treating in this charming, laugh-out-loud picture book perfect for the Halloween season. Snap my fingers and rattle my bones—it’s Halloween!Get ready for a spooktacular time with Skelly’s Halloween, a playful read aloud with a Humpty Dumpty-like hook, sure to become a Halloween staple.Skelly B. Skeleton lives for Halloween: the trick-or-treating, the costumes…the TRICK-OR-TREATING! Then a tumble leaves him in pieces, and Skelly just might miss out on his favorite holiday. Luckily, a variety of animals—a snake, a chicken, a colony of ants—happen along to put Skelly back together again…to hilarious effect. It will take the help of some resourceful children to make things right and save the day.With exuberant text from David Martin and bold art from Lori Richmond, Skelly’s Halloween is sure to delight trick-or-treaters of all ages.