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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
The Skullington Family: Bone Appetit is the latest in the Skullington Family series by M. J. Evans. The Skullington family is your typical family except for the fact they are all skeletons. In this story, Mrs. Skullington struggles to get her three children, Ulna, Tibia, and Max (short for Maxilla), to eat what she serves. After they refuse to eat breakfast, she makes a delicious funny bone soup for lunch, which they again turn down. Predictably they are hungry in the middle of the day and want snacks. Mrs. Skullington is frustrated by her picky eaters but comes up with a plan to change their ways. She is patient and persistent and, finally, her plan works. Her children are no longer picky eaters.
M. J. Evans has created a very witty and clever story. The Skullington Family: Bone Appetit is filled with all kinds of puns and humor. Teachers and librarians will appreciate all the wordplay in Bone Appetit, which makes this an excellent book to read aloud. Kids will enjoy not only the humor in the story but in the pictures as well. Yana Karpenko has included subtle humor throughout her illustrations, from the bone fence around the house to the dog which is also a skeleton. Interwoven between all the humorous elements are some very useful and concrete suggestions for parents who have picky eaters. A fun little bonus is the “Humerus” Skeleton joke at the end. The Skullington Family: Bone Appetit is a rib-tickling story, perfect for all kids who love to giggle.