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Crackly Bones (Redux 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Roach , Simon Schild
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

CRACKLY BONES (2014 Redux)
An illustrated children's book in collaboration with artist Simon Schild.

Three hundred years ago from now,
when land was tilled with horse and plough
An innocent man was hunted down,
and thrown into a lake to drown
Over time, the lake stagnated,
and memory of the man abated
But one dark night there came a storm,
and Crackly Bones, the fiend, was born!

Overview
Crackly Bones is a morally complex tale aimed at adults and older children. It is an updated, modern take on the grisly fairy tales of old, told entirely in rhyme. It is a very dark story, focusing on a monster that boils down naughty children in his big black pot, in order to use the fleshy brew to feed his garden. However, things are not so black and white, and readers will find that by the end of the story they have a certain amount of sympathy for Crackly Bones, as it emerges that there is a history of lies and murder, and blood on the hands of the villagers’ descendants.

Reformatted for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle.
Contains Reading Group Questions at the end.

#1 Bestseller: Kindle Store> Books> Horror Graphic Novels

Amazon Reviews:
This is a wonderful book and very cleverly done. I never thought I'd like a book written entirely in verse, but this one works! OK so it is not War and Peace length, but the story is good, the verse is good and the illustrations are good. For the price how can you possibly go wrong?

This is really good, the illustrations are excellent & even though I don't usually go for 'poetry' this is a good story - great for kids & adults alike. I could see this being adapted for TV. Go ahead & buy it, you won't regret it. A great bargain.
I just love it!

What am I most impressed by? The illustrations? The story itself?
Or the fact that someone has managed to create a whole book in rhyme without being nonsensical?

A well crafted item and one that you could see being picked up by a major publisher or an animated story on TV....


About the author:
Steve Roach works in multiple genres including travel writing, fiction and illustrated children's books (with artist Simon Schild). With a large selection of books garnering impressive reviews, Steve's output is diverse, sometimes thought-provoking, entertaining and always interesting.

Working within the Independent market gives Steve the freedom to explore some unusual ideas and avoid being pigeon-holed. Without the marketing resources of a mainstream publisher, readers have to search out Steve's work but once they have they usually stick around to see what's coming next. A number of Steve's books have reached the #1 spot in the bestseller charts on Amazon in their respective categories. During the last 3 years, nearly 50,000 people have read his work. For an 'indie' author, this is a tremendous achievement.

www.steveroach.co.uk


Product Description

About the Author

Steve Roach is a UK based author working in the travel writing, fiction and children's book genres. Steve's travel books are light-hearted and fun, covering such diverse journeys as a 3 month road trip around North America, a grand tour of Europe in a VW Campervan, and a month long cycling trip through France from Cherbourg to Perpignan. A keen cyclist, Steve has also just started producing books detailing his favourite UK rides. Steve's fiction is an altogether different prospect, aiming to take the reader to some very dark places. Frequently bordering on horror, these novellas and short stories involve intense research to really bring the subject matter to life. Finally, Steve also writes children's books, in collaboration with artist Simon Schild. Website: www.steveroach.co.uk Twitter: @WriterRoach

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12599 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VWXR6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good scarey story! 10 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this online and I really liked it. I'm an adult and even I found it a bit scarey. The illustrations were very good and there were lots of them.
Should scare naughty kids witless...well done.
I hope it does well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Done 15 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was originally described as for children so I got it for my 6 year old. After reading a few verses I decided not to read it to her. However, she spotted it under my 'Children's Collection' on my Kindle and asked to read it.

The idea of a whole short story in verse was cleverly put together. There may be a few 'suspicious' rhymes, but it doesn't distract from the easy flow of the story. We managed to get 75% through the book in one sitting before bed-time. She then pestered me all the next day to finish and we've done just that.

I then asked her for her overall thoughts on the story. She wasn't overly scared by the content and understood why Crackly pops up every 100 years and why he takes who he does. I explained star ratings to her and she wants to give Crackly Bones a 4* as she liked it a lot and wants to read it again some day :-)

ps. I didn't think the graphics displayed that well on the Kindle, but hadn't thought about looking at in on the PC, so we'll do that tomorrow night!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 16 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had high expectations for this story after reading the other reviews on here. I was not disappointed it is a really well written story in verse and has an almost folk music troubador feel about it. The only reason I did not make it a 5 star review was down to the images on my kindle, I felt they did not add to the essence of the story and to be honest I am not a great fan of computer generated animation. However all in all a really good story to read easily in one 15 minute blast and I look forward to reading the next one.
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By Tots
Format:Kindle Edition
This cracking good tale of Crackly Bones really makes me wish I had children and grandchildren to share it with. It's entirely written in very good rhyme which makes it wonderful for reading aloud and sharing. The illustrations by Simon Schild are exquisite, the perfect juxtaposition of the ancient, such as the Ent-like trees seeking vengeance, and the perfectly twenty-first century pub characters.

It's written in exquisite rhyme
Which tells the tale of ancient times.
An old man, much misunderstood
By others in his neighbourhood.

It manages to encapsulate so many themes within the narrative - the gardener/healer old man, cleaving to the old ways, at harmony with nature, completely misunderstood by those who fear him for what they do not understand.

A simple misunderstanding, caused by a young boy who's been fed tales bred from fear and suspicion, leading to a tragic event and dire consequences which roll on through the years. In the style of wonderful old-fashioned tales for children, there is a moral to the story, and a very good one, too.

My own childhood was long ago and it reminds me of the dark fairy stories my mother would read to me. A simply wonderful tale for parents and children to share, or for any adult wanting to recapture those days when we grew up, and did very well, on a diet of grisly ghost stories.

Highly starred and highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children! 18 April 2011
By Magadan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is really good, the illustrations are excellent & even though I don't usually go for 'poetry' this is a good story - great for kids & adults alike. I could see this being adapted for TV. Go ahead & buy it, you won't regret it. A great bargain.
I just love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous on every level 12 Aug. 2012
By Joe M
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a particularly fine example of a genre that historically we in Ireland and England do so well; the creepy tale in ballad form.

The rhyming scheme is remarkably consistent and is redolent of Alfred Noyse's the Highwayman and the tale is perfectly balanced between being quirky and being genuinely unsettling. The artwork compliments this perfectly and captures the odd goings on very well. Overall this is a fantastic little tale, well-told and evocative.

Joe M
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarily good 11 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What am I most impressed by?
The illustrations?
The story itself?
Or the fact that someone has managed to create a whole book in rhyme without being nonsensical?

A well crafted item and one that you could see being picked up by a major publisher or an animated story on TV....
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Excellent 7 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased Crackly Bones back in April, 2011 and loved it. I believe it has been re-released and therefore my original review has been lost.

I found the animation, rhyming story and gruesome humour remarkable and wonderful.

The graphics work best on Kindle for PC as they are full colour - having said that the "little" Kindle screen does remarkably well in monochrome.

It's great to read. It's fantastic to read out loud and it's a real joy in every sense.

I hope you get a chance to download it and be surprised over this wonderful little gem of a storybook :) CW.
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Does the job. I am very pleased with my purchase
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackly bones.....
Well first time on this sort of stuff, not bad , sort of thing you will read on the bus, train, that sort of thing .........
Published 16 months ago by mark boswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Crackly bones
Enjoyed this book which is written in rhyme. It was well written with some scary parts i just wish it was longer :-)
Not a book to read at bed time.
Published on 11 May 2013 by Ms. J. P. Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars crackly bones
hated this it was like a poem, not what i expected at all, my own fault though for not checking it out properly
Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by erica
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I really liked this, the whole thing in verse was brilliant. Could imagine this as a folk song. I read it on kindle but the graphics weren't that good so just looked at them on my... Read more
Published on 17 Oct. 2012 by Shirtybird
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Verse
This was unexpectedly enjoyable. The verse is pretty amusing and I was impressed by how well the author kept it going. Read more
Published on 14 Jan. 2012 by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a children's book/comic...more YA and adult
Books written in the form of rhyming poetry are often hard to fit into the literary market, as is poetry in any form. Read more
Published on 10 Jan. 2012 by Cheryl M-M
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