Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci is the perfect not too scary book to read to a child this Halloween season. The book is written in rhyme, is fun to read, and the artwork was created by the amazing David Catrow. He also illustrated the marvelous book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. His illustrations are packed with amazing detail.
Was everything a ghoul should be:
Her build was long and lean and lank;
Her dankish hair hung down in hanks;
Her nails were yellow; her teeth were green -
The ghastliest haunt you've ever seen.
Foulest in the land was she.
Stepsisters treated her with scorn.
Gristlene was small and mean
And firmly packed with spite and spleen;
Tall Bony-Jane, a scatterbrain,
Was just as vile and twice as vain.
They worked Cinderella from dusk till morn.
Cinderella Skeleton -
It seemed her tasks were never done.
She hung up cobwebs everyplace,
Arranged dead flowers in a vase,
Littered the floor with dust and leaves,
Fed the bats beneath the eaves:
She had no time for rest or fun.
The rest of the book is just as much fun to read. Of course her fairy Godmother is a witch who comes to her aid so that she can attend Prince Charnel's ball. When she leaves the ball, instead of just leaving a shoe, her entire foot snaps off.
Will Prince Charnel find the skeleton who fits the foot? Read to find out.
This was one of Matt's favorites (and mine too).
If you can't find a child to read to today, read to the child inside you.