Author: Thornburgh, Blair
A non-fiction picture book about skulls, and all the things they are good for.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 506660
School Library Journal (00/07/19)
The Hornbook (00/07/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—Thornburgh explains why we have skulls and why they look as they do. A goggle-eyed girl guides readers through crowds and then introduces a variety of folks and animals, some with X-rayed heads. The narrator shows how skulls give heads shape and keep teeth in place, and discusses why there are holes. She notes, "Skulls are not trying to be scary. They can't help the way they look." At the book's conclusion, Thornburgh provides a list of fast facts about skulls, such as body weight percentage and definitions of words such as orbits. Campbell's watercolor illustrations feature rounded figures involved in various upbeat activities. VERDICT The carefree tone and tidbits of humor, such as the girl's love of grilled cheese sandwiches, make this an amusing introduction for young students of the human body.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2019 A girl gets a bit of a scare when this book’s narrator informs her that “every head of every person you’ve ever seen . . . has a skull inside.” Suddenly the faces of the men, women, children, and animals around her disappear to reveal grinning skulls of various sizes and shapes. Despite this startling development, the narrator assures her (and readers) that “This is a good thing.” The girl’s fear is quickly replaced by curiosity, and simplified facts about skulls are playfully relayed for the remainder of the book. “Skulls are safe and snug, like a car seat for your brain,” the text attests, as a four-wheeled skull cruises by with a cute, pink brain smiling inside. Readers will also learn that skulls give faces their shape, hold teeth in place, and have holes for light, sound, air, and grilled cheese sandwiches. The book’s silly tone is gleefully evident in Campbell’s watercolor illustrations and guaranteed to get kids giggling and proclaiming, “I love my skull!” Concluding “Cool Skull Facts” offer readers more precise information. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.