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Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull! You probably don’t think much about skulls. So what’s the big deal about them? Well, every head of every person you’ve ever seen has a skull inside. And that includes YOU! This smart, skull-positi Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull! You probably don’t think much about skulls. So what’s the big deal about them? Well, every head of every person you’ve ever seen has a skull inside. And that includes YOU! This smart, skull-positive story cheerfully dispels any fears kids might have about their skeletons, flipping our view of skulls from a spooky symbol to a fascinating, cool, and crucial part of our bodies.


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Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull! You probably don’t think much about skulls. So what’s the big deal about them? Well, every head of every person you’ve ever seen has a skull inside. And that includes YOU! This smart, skull-positi Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull! You probably don’t think much about skulls. So what’s the big deal about them? Well, every head of every person you’ve ever seen has a skull inside. And that includes YOU! This smart, skull-positive story cheerfully dispels any fears kids might have about their skeletons, flipping our view of skulls from a spooky symbol to a fascinating, cool, and crucial part of our bodies.

30 review for Skulls!

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This is a lighthearted look at some of the most important bones in the body: the ones that make up the skull. The playful watercolour illustrations show skulls in all their glory, and the accompanying text explains all about their function. There's a page of cool skull facts at the back, but there's a lot of information in the main text, too. The book mainly focuses on the science, so there's really no mention of skull symbolism (e.g., the Day of the Dead, Halloween, etc.) which would've been nic This is a lighthearted look at some of the most important bones in the body: the ones that make up the skull. The playful watercolour illustrations show skulls in all their glory, and the accompanying text explains all about their function. There's a page of cool skull facts at the back, but there's a lot of information in the main text, too. The book mainly focuses on the science, so there's really no mention of skull symbolism (e.g., the Day of the Dead, Halloween, etc.) which would've been nice. Still, it's a decent non-fiction picture book that introduces the topic of skulls in a somewhat amusing, completely non-threatening way. This would be a great title for kids who are just starting to get interested in their bodies and the function of various parts. Quotable moment:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Author Blair Thornburgh and illustrator Scott Campbell team up in this lighthearted, educational look at skulls. Although sometimes seen as scary, this important part of the body provides a safe home for our brains, and a shape for our faces. The jaunty narrative provides basic facts (as well as reassurance), and is paired with Campbell's humorous watercolor illustrations, while an informative afterword gives more facts about the skull... Although she has published for teen readers before, Thornb Author Blair Thornburgh and illustrator Scott Campbell team up in this lighthearted, educational look at skulls. Although sometimes seen as scary, this important part of the body provides a safe home for our brains, and a shape for our faces. The jaunty narrative provides basic facts (as well as reassurance), and is paired with Campbell's humorous watercolor illustrations, while an informative afterword gives more facts about the skull... Although she has published for teen readers before, Thornburgh makes her picture-book debut with Skulls!, which offers a reassuring and fairly gentle introduction to a portion of human anatomy that is sometimes seen as frightening by young children. Campbell, who has illustrated many picture-books, emphasizes the funny and the cute with his artwork, emphasizing the non-scary aspect of his subject matter. Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books about human anatomy (or part of it, in any case), or for children's books that demystify the skull.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Illustrations weak but that's most likely to stop the "scary" of skulls. The text is very simple science. Good facts in the afterwards

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margaux

    I mean, of course I love this book and of course I'll be buying it for everyone I know. Please ship 100 copies pronto.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Really cute picture book! I thought it was going to be a a Halloween-y book but I was not disappointed when I finished it! The art style is right up my alley!

  6. 5 out of 5

    KC

    An informative and approachable look at our skulls. Although a bit repetitive at times, this book has a unique way of discussing ones anatomy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Skulls are way cooler than I ever gave them credit for. And definitely not scary :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    A nice intro for young readers to learn about our skull and the importance of them. Includes tidbits at the end. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    This picture book is a rousing look at your head bones or skull. The book uses clever analogies to allow young children to understand the importance of your skull, such as skulls are “like a car seat for your brain” in the ways that they keep your brain safe. Skulls have your jaws and also your teeth, until they fall out. They have holes for various senses, including eating grilled cheese sandwiches. The book encourages children to not be scared of skulls because they are so very important. This This picture book is a rousing look at your head bones or skull. The book uses clever analogies to allow young children to understand the importance of your skull, such as skulls are “like a car seat for your brain” in the ways that they keep your brain safe. Skulls have your jaws and also your teeth, until they fall out. They have holes for various senses, including eating grilled cheese sandwiches. The book encourages children to not be scared of skulls because they are so very important. This is Thornburgh’s debut picture book and it’s wonderfully unusual and interesting. She uses repetition cleverly in the middle of the book, almost creating a refrain about the holes in skulls, grilled cheese sandwiches and teeth falling out. Her focus on a child’s understanding is clear, creating scenarios that they will respond to and not making skulls frightening but fascinating. Campbell’s watercolor illustrations are full of energy. He creates scenes full of life that then turn to full of bones at the turn of the page. His humor and zaniness keep the book from ever being creepy except in the friendliest of ways. Face this one head on! Appropriate for ages 3-6.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading SKULLS! This book is so much fun. It is a celebration of skulls - the "car seats for our brains" and all of the interesting reasons why they're awesome and not scary. I love how the author challenges the way society thinks about skulls and the light-hearted, quick pace of the text. The illustrations have a playful, goofy feel to them that emphasize the spirit of the book perfectly. I would love to pair this one with a more traditional spooky I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading SKULLS! This book is so much fun. It is a celebration of skulls - the "car seats for our brains" and all of the interesting reasons why they're awesome and not scary. I love how the author challenges the way society thinks about skulls and the light-hearted, quick pace of the text. The illustrations have a playful, goofy feel to them that emphasize the spirit of the book perfectly. I would love to pair this one with a more traditional spooky Halloween skulls book for a story time, but I also think it would be a great addition to any "about my body" unit for preschoolers or early elementary schoolers. A fun, delightful book. Read it aloud and then all exclaim "I love my skull!"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    What are skulls? What are they used for? This children's picture book shares everything true kids might like to know about skulls. Lines like "Skulls hold your teeth in place...until they don't," and "skulls are not trying to be scary," and "You love having a safe place to keep your brain," are perfect for the four to eight year old readers of this little mostly-nonfiction book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Having an affinity of my own for osteology, I absolutely adored this book! The illustrations are pitch perfect, too. Wonderfully fun and clever, and informative, too! "Skulls are safe and snug, like a car seat for your brain." "So tell your friends, 'Nice skull. It gives your face a good shape.'" I love my skull!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marya

    Very different for a picture book. The art is standard issue expectations (with the clever turtle, cat, and bird skulls mixed in for fun). The text is....somewhat not expected. Sometimes it's silly; sometimes its educating; sometimes it's just ok. I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Good basic information about skulls and how important they are, with slightly morbid but cute illustrations. A real winner!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    Delightfully scientific and fun, love Scott Campbell's illustrations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alison N

    A fun and whimsical take about a part of you that you many not think about too much but is really important. About time our skulls got some much needed praise.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Campbell's illustrations transform 3-star text into a 5-star picture book. They're funny, engaging, and expressive. Wonderful!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Yay skulls! Good back-matter.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    SKULLS ARE COOL! Want to know just how cool? Check out this adorably illustrated nonfiction book that is great for all ages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ana Gutierrez

    This was both entertaining and informative. 😊

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A picture book that reminds us to love and respect the safe place we keep our brains. Love the humorous, whimsical, yet only slightly morbid illustration style.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Cute and informative. I especially like the diagram showing where the different holes are.

  23. 5 out of 5

    kati

    hmmm, reminds me of the lyrics of a song that a children's librarian probably shouldn't admit to loving...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This was really a super fun book. Silly AND informative. And I really liked the illustration style.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cmeiss330

    I love Scott Campbell's artwork so much and Blair Thornburgh's text is so funny while being informative. Great addition to any library.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    "Skulls hold your teeth in place... until they don't." This book is super adorbs!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    All the things that make skulls so amazingly awesome.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy Ripke

    This book is such a fun way to teach about the skull and its importance in the human body. I will use it with my first graders.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    An utterly delightful love letter to your skull. A celebration of one small part of the body.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Informational but would still work for storytime

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