Synopses & Reviews
Childhood is full of discoveries about the world that can be revelatory horrifying or a bit of both. Learning that people have skeletons under their skin is one such discovery at least for a girl named Samira. Norwegian author artist Kuhn isn’t shy about digging into Samira’s horror—as this knowledge takes hold Samira starts seeing everyone around her as walking talking skeletons. “Just look at your lovely teeth! That’s your skeleton peeping out of your mouth” says Samira’s teacher making things worse. Unnerved Samira avoids her best friend and resists hugging her mother after school. When Samira decides she’s better off sans skeleton Mom obligingly sets up a mock skeleton removal operation wielding a plunger and scissors (after all says Mom snails worms and jellyfish “manage just fine” without skeletons). Fortunately Samira realizes skeletons are good for dancing and jumping rope; unfortunately muscles are the next day’s lesson. “They are the same as meat” explains Samira’s ever helpful teacher. “Exactly like a steak.” Tenderhearted kids may be freaked out by the book’s moderately disturbing images but scientifically curious ones (and those with a mischievous streak) should appreciate Kuhn’s directness. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."