By: Sara Levine
Illustrated by: T.S. Spookytooth
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Publication Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: December 2013
Seriously, if we didn’t have any bones we’d all look like big blobs on the ground. Can you picture yourself looking like a puddle with a couple of eyeballs on top? The reason we don’t look like blobs is because “we’re vertebrates, animals with bones.” There are all kinds of vertebrates around us and if you check out that x-ray-like picture of one of “us” and that bear, you can see the similarities. Now just what would you look like if “we added some bones to your spine?” Mighty silly looking for sure. However, if they didn’t stop at your rear end you would have a tail. How good can it get to have a tail like a dog or a gator!
How about if you had a few less bones than you do now and “what if you didn’t have any arm or leg bones?” Check it out and do some thinking now. No skull, no vertebrae, and no ribs. Looks like you just might be a ssssssnake! Now they don’t have any arms or legs, but neither does another critter. This one doesn’t have any nose and if we moved “your breathing holes from the front of your face to the top of your skull” (eeew!), what would you be? Of course you would be a whale or a dolphin. Perhaps you guessed that one easily, but there are many other “riddles” about bones that might stump you in this book.
This marvelously fun and ingenious book that compares animal skeletons will fascinate the young reader. Of course it will keep them guessing as well. There are a few clues the young detective will have to think about before turning the page to find the answer. The illustrations pop and add a lot to the comparisons. For example, you can see a girl with huge vertebrae in her neck. Once you turn the page it’s easy to see that the giraffe is the owner of that type. A small amount of additional information is given, information that can easily be a stepping stone to a school report. In the back of the book is a glossary, more information about bones, vertebrates, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Additional complementary resources can be downloaded on the publisher’s website.
Quill says: This is an excellent book about vertebrates that will challenge and entertain young minds as they read about them there bones!