SKELETON HICCUPS

Margery Cuyler, Author, S. D. Schindler, Illustrator , illus. by S.D. Schindler. S&S/McElderry $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-689-84770-7

Skeleton's persistent hiccups prevent him from polishing his bones (his arm jerks loose), carving a pumpkin, raking leaves, etc. "Drink some water upside down," advises Ghost, but the liquid pours out Skeleton's eye sockets. Relief finally comes when Ghost pulls out a mirror and Skeleton scares himself. Cuyler (The Biggest, Best Snowman) punctuates each sentence with a "hic, hic, hic," while Schindler (Big Pumpkin) limns woebegone Skeleton in pale blue-white on elegantly mottled burgundies and evergreens. The illustrations may be spare, but most contain a sly detail or two (check out Skeleton's bat slippers). The commonplace condition and unlikely victim make for offbeat—hic—comedy. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/23/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Genre: Religion
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-4169-0276-8
Prebound-Other - 30 pages - 978-0-606-33903-2
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