Fat & Bones

Fat & Bones : And Other Stories

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Welcome to Bald's farm. Well, perhaps it's not Bald's farm anymore. The old man has kicked the bucket, setting off a wave of conflict from the flooded farmhouse kitchen to the muddy pig pen to the tall wheat fields. In this darkly funny, slightly supernatural chain of tales, no creature is safe. Not Leonard Grey, a spider with sophisticated tastes. Not Esmeralda, a resentful one-legged pig. Not Tulip, a plant with a mean streak. And as for Bones, the old man's son, and Fat, his winged rival? They'll learn that danger lurks in the strangest of places...
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 149 x 228 x 14mm | 272g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1467708259
  • 9781467708258
  • 2,407,337

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Bloodthirsty young readers will revel in Theule's anthropomorphic short stories.The title story regales the audience with a boisterous feud between Bones, the evil son of Bald (a now-dead farmer), and Fat, a revengeful fairy who casts a spell that erases the skeleton from the farmer's wife. Without her bones, Mrs. Bald cannot wield the cleaver and hack off pigs' feet for her son's favorite stew, and Esmeralda the pig was able to save her last foot--or was she? The short stories host a macabre cast of the farm's gruesome characters: the cat, who gets her tail chopped off; Leonard Grey III, a sonnet-writing spider; Jimmy, the love-struck mouse; and flowers Daisy and Tulip, best friends who use pollen as a weapon for survival. Doyle's black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations complement the stories with just the right amount of gloom and whimsy. Perhaps the cleaver says it best as she intones her refrain, 'Blood blood blood, all I want is blood, fresh juicy piggy blood, blood blood blood.' --Booklist

-- "Journal" (10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)
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97 ratings
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4 22% (21)
3 25% (24)
2 19% (18)
1 9% (9)
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