Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman

Give Me Back My Bones!

A silly pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming romp beneath the waves.Cast a spyglass 'round herewhile breakers curl and pound here.There's treasure to be found here -- I feel it in my bones!A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what's that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, a tibia and a f...

Details Give Me Back My Bones!

TitleGive Me Back My Bones!
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Adventure, Pirates, Holiday, Halloween, Science, Humor

Reviews Give Me Back My Bones!

  • Colleen Earle
    An absolute delight. I love the blend of correct terminology with colloquialisms. Perfect for Halloween and the nerd in all of us.
  • Allie
    Super fun rhyming text about a skeleton who has lost his bones! The book uses the scientific name for the bones, which is really fun and adds a nice STEM component. This would be great for a story time, or even a toddler playgroup. Conner used it for his Spooky Scary Skeletons family program this past fall.
  • Ana Marlatt
    This book is amazing! Funny, creative and useful in so many ways! Great for a human body unit. Great for modeling wonderful rhymes. Very clever use of language. This book will delight young and old alike.
  • Sabrina
    3.5..I wanted to give this book a 4 but I couldn't do it. I am not sure why because the illustrations where great and the story was cute. But 3.5 is still not too bad!
  • Linda
    Kim Norman's rhyming picture book begs to be read aloud, on Halloween and perhaps on "Talk Like A Pirate" Day. The end papers themselves are delightful. In the opening, human bones are scattered and labeled, except for that peg leg! The back is vertical, showing the full skeleton of a pirate, with accompanying pirate wear, like hat, sword and spyglass. He's found all his bones! The four-line rhymes on each page after the opening are good for laug...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    This is one of the only picture books published this year that I have felt was well-written, well-illustrated and kid-friendly. My five-year-old daughter loved reading the book aloud with me, locating each bone on her own body and learning its proper name. I love that the text doesn't try to find rhymes to match each bone and instead rhymes only the lines that don't mention them. I also think the ending is one of the most satisfying I've seen in ...
  • Shauna Yusko
    3.5I mean, if you’re teaching body parts and names of bones and want a humorous way to introduce it. Or a science-y “Halloween” read (without being Halloween). Cute art. And the inside of the book jacket is a poster. But it just hit me weird that it was a skeleton at the bottom of the sea that was being put back together. Yes, I read entirely too much into this one.
  • Becky
    A hilarious read about a skeleton whose bones are scattered all over the ocean! The best part is they use the actual names for the bones - so he might be looking for his mandible. Excellent way to introduce new vocabulary! And it's a fun read as well.
  • Bethe
    Cute story of a drowned skeleton gettin out back together with the help of sea creatures. Could use it for a health unit on bones or a pirate storytime.
  • Janet
    What a fun lyrical way to learn the real names of the various basic bones of your skeleton told by a long deceased pirate buried at sea becoming a skeleton. Each double page spread features only four lines,three of each end in the same repeated word, but also ones leans the basic function and location of the bone.Very creative learning title,would be useful for children in the early primary years as well as preschoolers.Loved it.
  • J.L. Slipak
    MY THOUGHTS:I received this book in exchange for my honest review.I must admit that when I got this book, I thought it was a strange topic for a picture book. The anatomy and physiology of the human body is an intense and very advance topic. So the book sat for awhile. I did more research into the age groups surrounding picture books, early readers, easy reader classifications and the demographics for each. It was very revealing.Picture books are...
  • Eve Costarelli
    Really fun, quirky rhyming book with a solid description of anatomy of the skeleton, that is perfect for the budding scientist. It brings new words and a deeper understanding of the skeletal body in a fun, non-scary way. The book is very clever and step-by-step reconstructs a pirate skeleton all the while imparting scientific knowledge and answering questions like “what is inside me?” and “what do these body parts do?” This is a great fir...
  • Heidi
    Using clever word-play and delightful illustrations, this book helps readers learn about some of the important bones in the body. A pirate skeleton travels under the ocean looking for his missing bones. The fun chanting phrases are mixed in with the actual names of the bones allowing readers/listeners to learn some of the 206 bones of the body while enjoying this tale of a pirate who is determined to put himself back together before setting off t...
  • Diane
    My middle granddaughter, age 5, likes books that are a bit creepy, so I was pretty sure this one might be a hit. The timing is perfect for Halloween and yes, "she loved it" as well.A stormy night, a shipwreck, a pirate skeleton and scattered bones along the ocean floor but, who do these bones belong to? Well, it seems it's the pirate that is missing his bones. Can this poor pirate recover his missing bones?A fun, quirky and educational story told...
  • Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)
    Help this scurvy peg-legged pirate skeleton put itself back together in this fascinating and humorous picture book!Give Me Back My Bones is both humorous and educational! The front end pages show the skeleton in many pieces with the names of the bones beside each one. Then the story begins and we plunder the bottom of the ocean for the skeleton's missing bones!This book has fun rhymes and fantastic illustrations that made us happy to read it agai...
  • Margie
    If you want to discover treasures on any shoreline, the best time is after a raging storm. The combination of wild wind gusts and crazy currents stirs up a blended brew of newly fallen objects and those buried for decades. There will be discoveries you expect and others which will leave you baffled or even, a little bit afraid. More startling than any found item is an eerie sound echoing from the depths after such a weather event. In a newer rele...
  • Tori
    A skeleton goes looking for his missing bones, calling each of them by name: scapula, mandible, femur, etc. Not a nonfiction book, but a fun way to learn some nonfiction information. I used it during Day of the Dead storytime when we were already talking about skeletons (because I just got the book and WANTED TO USE IT right away), but it would also be great for pirate storytime or at any point in October. I could also see using it for STEM story...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman, illustrated by Bob Kolar. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick, 2019. $17. 9780763688417BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHThe bones have been scattered all over the ocean floor and the skeleton needs to gather them back together.Not just for Halloween! What a great replacement for the old Dry Bones song. But someone needs to write the music first. I love that the rhyme is AAAB CCCD, etc. It...
  • Katie
    A pirate who is nothing but bones has fallen to pieces and needs help finding all their bones. Each page is about a part of the skeleton, listing the scientific name at the end, but with a description that makes sense, and works. There is good flow with the text, and the illustrations are well done so the skeleton is separate from the bone being discussed. A nice introduction to the skeleton and one that I think is detailed enough to be worth the...
  • Jana
    Young readers will have a fun time practicing their pirate voices and learning about the different bones of the human body with this clever picture book. A pirate ghost's skeleton has been scattered across the ocean floor by a storm and with rollicking, rhyming text reader's are implored to help the pirate collect his bones. This would be a good book to have in a collection of Halloween books. It also might be a great mentor text for young writer...
  • Skylis
    Very fun, playful language and some tongue twisters in the poem lines. Has bones. All the fish look weirded out by the skeleton and have very blank faces. The illustrations look good and have a mostly clean style with some texture, and simple lines. The illustrations are appropriately not too bright, which adds well to communicating that the setting is deep under the ocean. 10/10 for myself as an adult reader. Will read again.
  • Michelle
    This Texas 2x2 is an excellent choice for kids who love science as well as classroom use. Its formulaic writing uses the technical scientific name of each bone as well as the colloquial ones and gives two examples of what the bone is used for. Text is funny and informative and the computer-generated graphics are bright and fun. Recommended for school libraries, classroom libraries and future doctors!
  • Connie T.
    Here we have a dismembered pirate skeleton at the bottom of the sea who is trying to gather up all his bones and become whole again. Clever rhyming text, though sometimes the last line of each stanza feels a little awkward. I love how each bone is named."Give me back my breastbone, the center of my chest bone, the hold-my-ribs-the-best bone --return my sturdy sternum."This can be used for Halloween, a science lesson or just a fun read.
  • Jeremy
    I had a surprise kindergarten class visit at my bookstore one day before Halloween, and I grabbed this book off the shelf at a whim for a seasonally-themed read-aloud. I'm glad that I did!The playful language and funny drawings went over well with the kiddos. I had the students show me where each bone is on their body as we progressed throughout the story, and point where the bone was on the page.
  • Laurie
    This is probably one of my favorite rhyming picture books ever. It is FUN to read aloud, over and over. There is an educational element as well, as children learn about the bones in the human body. Slightly dark subject matter, I suppose, because a skeleton is searching the bottom of a murky sea floor, but it is such an ENGAGING story that drives from one page to the other until we reach the satisfying ending. I love this book.
  • Aeicha
    Kim Norman’s Give Me Back My Bones is a spectacularly bone-tickling tale of one pirate skeleton’s quest to find his missing bones across the ocean. Through the most hilarious and clever rhymes, this picture book offers little readers a laugh-out-loud story that they will want to hear again and again, all while teaching them about the different bones in the body. Kolar’s fun, engaging illustrations capture the cool, mysterious depths of the ...
  • Gabrielle Stoller
    So who doesn't want to do a storytime in a pirate voice? I sure did. Holy crap I did. I also loved a book where kiddos learned the scientific name for body parts. (Like breast bone is sternum, etc.) It did not translate in my storytime as well as I had hoped......mostly because I had a way younger audience than I had intended.
  • Robin
    I was thrilled that this introduces such great vocabulary that would work well with curriculum and has good structure and fun illustrations, disappointed that it didn't reliably scan well for reading aloud and it wasn't always easy to tell from the illustration what bone was being discussed. Recommended for ages 4-8 who are interested in anatomy.
  • Angie
    My Review: One final pirate Children's book for this year's Arrg-ust and this had to be it! This was a fun little picture book, with silly rhymes all about bones as the old pirate pulls his bones back together for another sea faring adventure. I loved this illustration style, it really lightened what could have been a scary book for some readers and make it quirky and fun.
  • Escape Into Fiction
    3.5 stars. I loved the imagery, and the fact that it helps kids learn about the bones, But there were awkward lines within the story. Maybe separate the "i'm looking for my..... actual words on the page. It messes with the flow of the rhymes.