A Spooky, Tasty Tale
“A delight…Just the right mix of creepy and humorous, treading the line between scary and fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Plenty of tasty vocabulary…As ghoulishly bright as a jack-o’-lantern.” —Publishers Weekly
Three little witches and a bunch of spooky characters come together to prepare a delicious batch of Bone Soup in this Halloween tale based on the beloved fable, Stone Soup. This just-scary-enough picture book comes with a recipe for Bone Soup—perfect for Halloween eating.
We’ve something usually good to eat!
One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.
Three witches' cupboard is bare save for "a small, dry bone." Why not make bone soup? Before readers can say Stone Soup, the weird sisters embark on a quest to secure ingredients from their nasty neighbors. The first candidates, a fuzzy monster and a ghost, are skeptical and grumpy ("Bone soup? Impossible! Go away! There will be time for your tricks later," they both say). But they can't resist adding to the pot, and soon the entire creepy community has made bone-chilling contributions (a werewolf adds "Wrinkled fingers, o-o-o-old toenails"). When the hungry crowd turns demanding, the initial monster's little daughter steps up to ensure that soup's on. The story suffers somewhat from narrative sprawl (the text has more refrains than it needs), but Capucilli (the Biscuit series) deserves kudos for employing plenty of tasty vocabulary. Drawings by Knight (Good Knight, Bad Knight), meanwhile, feel as ghoulishly bright as a jack-o'-lantern. A Halloween soup recipe parsnips and carrots take the place of fingers concludes the book. Ages 4 8.