The Amazing Bone

The Amazing Bone

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"It's a bright and beautiful spring day, and Pearl, a pig, is dawdling on her way home from school. Most unexpectedly, she strikes up an acquaintance with a small bone. "You talk?" says Pearl. "In any language," says the bone. "And I can imitate any sound there is." (Its former owner was a witch.) Pearl and the bone immediately take a liking to each other, and before you know it she is on her way home with the bone in her purse, left open so they can continue their conversation. Won't her parents be surprised when she introduces her talking bone! But before that happy moment comes, the resourceful bone must deal with a band of highway robbers in Halloween masks and, worse, a fox who decides that Pearl will be his main course at dinner that night. And deal it does, with gambits droll and thrilling."--Online description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1976.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374302481
Call Number: STEIG
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Subjects: Swine -- Juvenile fiction.
Humorous fiction.


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Nov 16, 2018

This book is amazing! The imagination of this guy! The weirdness is what makes this book so great. A talking bone!? So crazy! I just love the way it is written. The part when the pig sweetly says "I love everything" is so beautiful. The gun scene is a little random- but that is what makes the book so interesting! William Steig is a genius! Why does a story NEED a lesson or a moral?? What about something just for fun?

Jul 09, 2018

Hard pass on this one. This has to be the WEIRDEST story I've ever read. I'm 40. The value of the story is only in how much our family laughed at the foolishness of each part and the "inside jokes" we have as a family because of it.

It really doesn't make much sense in terms of story construction and lacks any kind of moral/lesson learned in the book. And the solution to the problem is that a talking bone (which is weird) suddenly knows some kind of weird, dumb magic words, but can't remember how it learned them except that MAYBE it learned a spell from a witch that used to own it. Um, what?! And this family holds on to the talking bone and it keeps the kid up late.

So weird.

Aug 10, 2012

My 5-year-old and 3-year-old both LOVE this book. When the bone starts spouting "spell" words, they both collapse into giggles every time! Funny, whimsical, sweet; I may have to actually buy this one.


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