Funnybones Paperback – 30 Sep 1999
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About the Author
Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.
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One of the great things about this book is that the repetitive nature of the language ("On a dark dark hill, there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street") means children (both readers and non-readers) can easily join in with the rhythm.
It is great fun to read the story one-to-one or with a group of children. It is sure to become a best-loved book on the book shelf. Whilst the story is funny and has great accompanying illustrations, be warned that for children younger than say four, the style and nature of the book may be a little menacing!
Originally released in 1980, Funnybones has not aged a day. It is still just as brilliant as it ever was. Having spawned a television series the work made its way into popular culture.
The opening and closing of Funnybones is particularly dramatic. The dark, dark location where everything happens imprints into the mind. When read in the same kind of voice as the television show it has particular effect. The phrasing could be a little bit scary for the most sensitive small people but it is exciting as well.
The characters are simple and clear, the way an early listener's books should be. The Big Skeleton seems a pretty easy going guy, saying "good idea" all the time. The little skeleton is the one who wants to try things. The dog skeleton ends up being a bit clumsy.
A couple of songs help the flow of the book. They're good fun and easy to sing along with.
The artwork is really quite special. It has a childlike quality to it which attracts the target audience with its bold imagery and the clear contrasts of black and white.
A great and somewhat quirky story for young book enthusiasts. It has been well received by those aged 2-5 and may well continue for a couple of years more.
The story is nicely repetitive about three skeletons who live in a dark dark room, down some dark dark stairs, in a dark dark house, in a dark dark town. The skeletons decide to go out for a walk. They go to the park, they go to the zoo, they try to frighten one another...
My favourite part as a child was where the dog skeleton bumps into a tree and comes to pieces but the other skeletons put him back together all wrong so he says things like FOOW and WOFO instead of WOOF. This was definitely a favourite for my two as well!
Since my childhood, some other books have been brought out featuring the same skeletons so I look forward to buying and reading those with my children too.
A great story for my two and six year olds, my six year old sometimes reads it to her brother too, which is lovely.
I used to love this a child and I still love it now! Although Amber doesn't sit still long enough to listen to me reading it to her she loves looking at all the pictures. They are nice and vivid colours. If your child likes books like these Meg and Mog are another good one!
I always enjoy the Ahlbergs' stories and would recommend them to any parent or teacher of young children.
Themes: -the body, bones, family, friends.
- Children could make a moving skeleton using card and split pins.
- Children could make their own funny bones puppets
- Children could create their own story like the funny bones story
- Children could create a character profile for each Skeleton
- Children could learn about skeletons and why they are important for our bodies.
- Children could compare skeletons of human bodies and animals e.g. the dog.
- Children could create skeleton pictures using black paper and white straws.
- Children could draw a map of the skeletons town.
Would recommend to early years teachers and parents!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered this book for my son after they had them at school. Really lovely book. Great price and fast deliveryPublished 26 days ago by Claire
My youngest loved this so much when we borrowed it from the library recently that we have since purchased our own copy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss R