The Skullington Family Boney Fingers

A Funny Book for Preschool Kids About the Importance of Helping at Home

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/02/2021
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

The Skullington Family’s Boney Fingers is a wonderful book with rhyming prose that’s fun to read. Author M.J. Evans has created imaginative names and added lots of humorous puns to her newest book. This children’s picture book is fun to read aloud for children—and parents who’ll get a chuckle from the boney words and terms. This rhyming tale includes a lot of humorous skeleton terms and puns like Mrs. Skullington worked her fingers to the bone—and that’s what makes it fun to read. Tibia perfectly honest, I think this is a wonderful, hilarious way to start a conversation—read this book and keep the dialog going with other boney puns. Teachers will like the rhyming words of this poetic verse while it tickles the funny bone of young children. My favorite lines are short and sweet and rhyme especially on page 8. Mrs. Skullington has a “bone of contention” or a “bone to pick” with her family who seems to be “lazy bones.” But, after a meeting of the skulls, they work it out and they’re able to spend more time playing their favorite game, Operation.

Illustrator Yana Karpenko has created whimsical and artistic full-color images that draw young readers into The Skullington Family’s Boney Fingers, while author M.J. Evans keeps them amused. The artwork creates the skeleton or framework on which the story is based. Whimsical and offbeat, the Skullington parents have interesting jobs that provide imagery for the story. What is the Skullington family’s favorite meal? Spare ribs. What does Mr. Skullington write in his free time? A spinal column. How many other “humerus” puns can you come up with to tickle your funny bone or rattle your bones? Books that encourage participation or dialog are the best books of all!

Marta Tandori

The Skullington Family Boney Fingers by M.J. Evans is an imaginative children’s story that provides a unique and entertaining take on the typical nuclear family. The Skullington family is an ordinary family just like all the others in the neighborhood except for one unique difference – they’re a family of skeletons. Mr. Skullington is an orthopedic surgeon (naturally!), Mrs. Skullington looks after the family, runs the household, and is a talented sculptor, to boot. They have three children; daughters Tibia and Ulna and son Maxilla, otherwise known as Max. Life appears to be perfect for the Skullington family except in one significant way – Mrs. Skullington does ALL the chores around the house and looks after the children. She works her fingers to the bone until she decides one day that she simply can’t do it anymore…

Like most children’s books, The Skullington Family Boney Fingers teaches young children some valuable life lessons. Teaching children about chores within the family dynamic fosters responsibility from a young age. M.J. Evans effectively delivers the message in a fun and funny way, making it seem less like “chores” shared among the family and more like them being another form of “fun”. She also teaches that doing chores well fosters pride in a job well done and by helping to do things around the house, each member of the family contributes their small part to the household. The fact that the Skullington family is a little different from most delivers the message that looking different doesn’t mean that you are different.

Evans does a great job incorporating “bone” references throughout the story, from the occupation of the father to even the names of the children. Sometimes it’s risky introducing characters such as skeletons to young children because some may be afraid. However, Karpenko’s illustrations are colorful and come across as engaging rather than threatening. They provide a glimpse into everyday life to which all children will be able to relate. The Skullington Family Boney Fingers is a great story, sure to be enjoyed by children and parents alike.