Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

Rattlebone Rock  When goblins, skeletons, witches, a banshee, and all the other graveyard ghouls have an all night party, the Booma-Boom and Rappa-Tap beat shakes the whole town.  Even the mayor comes out to boogie to that irresistible syncopating rhythm.  The clever rhymes and catchy rhythms of this adorable story will have you Clacka-Clacking and Shousha-Shapping all night long with the bats and owls.

I picked up this book at the library in honor of Halloween, and I loved it.  My biggest issue with rhyming picture books is that often they feel like the author is really stretching.  There’s almost always a word here and there that feels a little (or a lot) out of place, or a verse where the rhythm has been sacrificed.  But this story is so well put together that reading it aloud is just like singing a song.  If I had one complaint about this story, it would be that my kids were so excited to tell me about everything in the pictures (my 2 year old LOVES the banshee picture) that they kept interrupting me and I got thrown off my groove with the rhythm.  Great story!

To find out if this book is at your library, visit http://www.worldcat.org

Find a list of more books by Sylvia Andrews here.

Visit Jennifer Plecas’ website at http://www.jenniferplecas.com


About childrensbooksonadime

I am mother to three spectacular daughters and wife to an amazing husband who is a disabled Army veteran. As a military wife for 7 years, I enjoyed traveling the world, and now that we are civilians again, I am excited to see where life will take us as my husband gets his MA and begins a new career. I love to read with my girls and on my own, sing, play & teach piano, and write children's stories. My blog is reviews of children's books I can find for under dollar and my goal is to start posting my own stories as soon as I get 100 followers. They're pretty great, so you should help me along by following. My dream is to see one of my stories published in a large and lovely picture book that will inspire the hearts and minds of the rising generation.
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