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Bam! Bam! Bam!
A skeleton's knocking
at the door.
Creak . . . creak . . . creak . . .
Now he's going up the steps -- but this skeleton isn't looking for what you'd expect. There are both snickers and shivers awaiting readers in this wickedly funny rhyming story that is sure to tickle funny bones.
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“When I was very young,” says Alice Schertle, “perhaps three or four, I remember sitting with a heavy book in my lap, running my fingers down the printed pages, puzzling over how adults could translate those strange squiggly symbols into the wonderful stories and poems they read to me. Eventually, I did unlock the secret of the squiggles, and I haven’t stopped reading since.”
Alice reads anything and everything, fiction and nonfiction, but there is a special place in her heart for poetry. “There are things a poem can say that cannot be expressed as effectively in any other way. I love to find a poem that shows me something, creates an image, perhaps, that is so startling, so original, so unique, only one particular poet could have thought of it. But at the same time, the image, the idea is so true, so right that I find myself saying, ‘Yes! I knew that!’”
Alice Schertle is the author of more than forty books for children. Several of the most recent are collections of poetry. “One of the few things as wonderful as reading a good poem is writing one,” she says. “I find writing poetry difficult, absorbing, frustrating, satisfying, maddening, intriguing. I love it. If, at the end of a day of pondering, discarding, rewriting line after line, I can read my poem and say to myself, ‘This one works,’ it’s been a good day.”
When she isn’t writing poetry, Alice is often working on picture books. She sometimes writes the ending first. “I love to bring a story full circle in a logical and satisfying way,” she explains. “I sometimes think of a concluding scene or paragraph or phrase, and build a whole story leading up to it. The plot doesn’t have to be extremely dramatic; sometimes very simple situations make the best stories. If I decide to write the story in verse, I’ve just made the whole process a lot harder. I’ll throw out whole pages while searching for words that sound as if they really belong in the story and aren’t there just because they rhyme. Verse stories are great fun, though, once the words fall into place and the rhythm starts carrying me along.”
On the days when she isn’t writing, Alice may lace up a pair of boots and go hiking all day in the mountains. On other days she can often be found visiting schools, talking to classes about the joys of reading and writing poetry and fiction. A graduate of the University of Southern California and a former elementary school teacher, she has three grown children—Jenny, Katie, and John.
Alice Schertle claims the best way to find out what she is like is by reading her books, but if more clues are needed, she offers the following list of things she loves: “My family, unusual words, my hiking boots, any kind of squash, old movies, autumn, and cows.”From Booklist:
PreS-Gr. 2. "Got two shiny shin bones and little bone toes / but I'm wearin' no skin, so EVERYTHING shows / Comin' up to find some skeleton clothes!" This hilarious picture book takes its title literally: a skeleton, tired of being bare-boned, ransacks a little boy's closet for a wardrobe. The boy narrates the tale in inventive, rap-inspired verse so catchy that even normally staid readers-aloud will find themselves bobbing their heads and funkifying their voices. There are moments of delicious suspense, but the bulbous-eyed, big-skulled skeleton is too funny looking to be frightening, and children soon recognize that he's more interested in fashion than flesh. Parents and kids alike will chuckle as the skeleton chooses a gleefully mismatched outfit topped off with heart-patterned boxer shorts. Jobling's stylized artwork hints at his background as the designer of Nick Jr.'s Bob the Builder--but maybe he'll now be known as the artist who made a skeleton expressive. Two "thumb-bones-up" for a storytime choice that won't keep preschoolers up at night. Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2003. Condition: New. Curtis Jobling (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0688177387
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0688177387