The Skull by Jon Klassen

The Skull

Let me introduce you to a new book that slipped in through the letterbox recently. It’s small but mighty!

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💀The Skull
✒️🎨@jonklassen
📚@walkerbooksuk @walkerbooksgift – kindly sent for review

If you’re looking for the most intriguing read of the year then it’s right here.

Not only intriguing but eerily, kooky yet warm and gentle in the most disarmingly alarming way.

I don’t want to give away much about the book as it’s certainly one you need to read for yourself. It’s a swift read 5-10 minutes but it’s a book that remains in your mind so long after. You instantly want to re-read it and each time you do your mind takes you to a slightly different place. The Skull is a book with very few answers but leaves you with so many questions.

The Skull Synopsis

Age Suitability

Although the guide age is around 6+ it’s a text that I think some children that age may not truly appreciate. Floss is quite a sensitive soul and I think it’s one I’ll save until she’s a little older. It would be a super book for upper KS2 to explore. As I mentioned, all of the unanswered questions it leaves you with would be an ideal creative writing text to unpick.

I thoroughly enjoyed Esther’s review of this book and her thoughts on suitability also. She has some great ideas on how to use this book in the classroom as well.

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Love a Dinky Hardback

I’m also a huge fan of these gorgeous, miniature sized hardbacks with their thick inviting pages – reminded me of format of The Skunk and Badger books from @amys_writer_photos and Jon that I adore.

Final Thoughts

The Skull is a book that will haunt my thoughts for years to come I’m sure. It’s a must read (but I’d advise reading first and deciding when is the right time to introduce to your children).

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