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Fat & Bones
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Fat & Bones
And Other Stories
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Welcome to Bald's farm. Well, perhaps it's not Bald's farm anymore. The old man has kicked the bucket, setting off a wave of conflict from the flooded farmhouse kitchen to the muddy pig pen to the tall...
Welcome to Bald's farm. Well, perhaps it's not Bald's farm anymore. The old man has kicked the bucket, setting off a wave of conflict from the flooded farmhouse kitchen to the muddy pig pen to the tall...
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  • Welcome to Bald's farm. Well, perhaps it's not Bald's farm anymore. The old man has kicked the bucket, setting off a wave of conflict from the flooded farmhouse kitchen to the muddy pig pen to the tall wheat fields. In this darkly funny, slightly supernatural chain of tales, no creature is safe. Not Leonard Grey, a spider with sophisticated tastes. Not Esmeralda, a resentful one-legged pig. Not Tulip, a plant with a mean streak. And as for Bones, the old man's son, and Fat, his winged rival? They'll learn that danger lurks in the strangest of places...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 1, 2014
    In seven interconnected short stories, first-time author Theule transports readers to an isolated farm whose owner, Bald, has just died, sparking conflicts that leave nothing and no one unscathed, whether human, animal, flower, or fairy. The farmer’s cruel son, Bones, and the resident fairy, Fat, promptly set out to destroy the other, in the process cutting off the farm cat’s tail and turning Mrs. Bald (who hasn’t stopped sobbing since her husband’s death) into a “mass of skin, fingernails, and hair,” after she inadvertently drinks a “Skeleton Eraser” elixir. The sometimes-comic, sometimes-gruesome events and eerie rural setting call to mind the short-lived cartoon Courage the Cowardly Dog—Theule’s is a farm where pigs whose feet haven’t been lopped off for stew mount elaborate dance numbers and where a mouse sails across a lake of Mrs. Bald’s tears to profess his love. Moments of selfishness, sacrifice, bravery, and revenge jumble together in haunting and unexpected ways, and Doyle’s lush b&w illustrations help establish an unsettling atmosphere that feels like Charlotte’s Web by way of Neil Gaiman. Ages 9–up. Author’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2015
    Gr 7 Up-Farmer Bald was not a kind man, and when he dies, life on the farm gets even worse. His terrible son, Bones, and Fat, the grumpy fairy who lives in the tree, hate each other and go to extreme lengths to demonstrate it. Their actions have far-reaching consequences that affect nearly every other creature on the farm. Lovestruck Jimmy the mouse, one-legged Esmerelda the pig, and Leonard Grey III, a spider who loves tea and sonnets, each have an unfortunate role to play in this dark fantasy. Theule explores the wickedness within the characters and the sometimes surprising acts of self-sacrifice. She does not shy away from gruesome imagery. The farmer's wife chops off the pig's foot to make a stew, and Bones unintentionally cuts off the cat's tail. Sensitive readers may be troubled by these images. Through distinctive voicing, Donald Corren slowly reveals each character's personality and innermost thoughts, leading listeners to a surprising conclusion. VERDICT Fans of dark humor and stories with a twist may wish to try this tale of ill-fated events. ["These stories are recommended for middle schoolers who aren't afraid of a dark twist": "SLJ" 8/14 review of the Carolrhoda book.]-"Amanda Spino, Ocean County Library, NJ"

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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