With Halloween only weeks away, I thought I’d share a fun, sorta –spooky, a tad bit kooky, tale from the grave.
It’s Skelton Cat
by Kristyn Crow
This book is clever on so many levels. And of course, I can’t resist Kristyn Crow’s fabulous rhyme.
It’s filled with onomatopoeia, alliteration and word play. Here are just a few of my favorite lines from the story:
“He went: Rattle, rattle. Clink, clink.
Rattle, rattle, clink.
Tip, tap. Clickety-clack.
Ka-plink, ka-plink, ka-plink.”
These lines are just fun for the tongue!
And these with alliteration and consonance, add to the rollicking rhythm:
“He rocked and he rollicked
and he clunked around,
and the kids in the playground
heard the rattlin’ sound.”
And this line, just makes me smile:
“He reached the audition and he stood in line
and they taped number 20 on his feline spine.”
which is funny since his spine is exposed 🙂 and I love the internal rhyme in feline spine.
And the word play in these lines:
“when the band members saw him, well, they called him nuts.
“Cause ‘You’re not gonna make it if you don’t have guts!’”
I love the play on words with guts…
And along those same line:
“ ‘Sure you’ve got rhythm, but have you got soul?’ So the skeleton cat went on a roll…”