Cover image for Book of bones : 10 record-breaking animals / by Gabrielle Balkan ; illustrated by Sam Brewster.
Title:
Book of bones : 10 record-breaking animals / by Gabrielle Balkan ; illustrated by Sam Brewster.
ISBN:
9780714875125
Edition:
US edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Phaidon Press Inc., 2017.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
Contents:
About bones -- The biggest bone -- The smallest bones -- The most bones -- The longest neck bone -- The heaviest bone -- The lightest bones -- The thinnest bone -- The fastest-growing bone -- The spikiest bone -- The fewest bones -- Special bones -- A letter from the author.
Abstract:
"Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood -- and humorous -- explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!"--Publisher's description.
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Summary

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood -- and humorous -- explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!


Author Notes

Gabrielle Balkan is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include the acclaimed atlas, The 50 States, a NCSS notable book, and its follow-up, 50 Cities. Gabrielle is a former book buyer, commissioning editor, and director of communications. Her work has been published by Harper Collins, Scholastic, and the Whitney Museum of Art.

Sam Brewster is an award-winning freelance illustrator, photographer, and filmmaker based in London. He has a roster of prestigious clients around the world, including The New York Times, Guardian, and Creative Review. This is his first children's book.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers can guess the identities of 10 animals by studying their skeletons, each of which has a superlative quality (the "biggest" belongs to the blue whale, and a reticulated python has the "most"). The animals' skeletons appear in bright white set against glossy black backgrounds, accompanied by clues: "Who has a skeleton but no bones? Answer: Me," hints a hammerhead shark. Intervening spreads show the living animals in their habitats, and flocking offers a tactile way for children to better understand how the creatures' skeletons relate to their bodies. A stylish introduction to how specialized and different bones can be. Ages 4-9. Author's agent: Kevin O'Conner, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

This handsome volume presents "record-breaking" facts about the framework that gives vertebrates their shape. On each spread, readers view a skeleton and ponder clues (given by the animal in the first person) to guess which animal has the largest, smallest, longest, heaviest, etc. bones; turn the page for the detailed answer accompanied by a graphically sharp full-body illustration with tactile raised embellishments. Reading list, websites. Glos. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.