Good boney fun...
“Billy” Bones lives in a closet with his skeleton parents who have to file, stamp, organise and keep safe all the secrets and lies of the Biglum family. When a young girl comes to stay at the mansion, Billy finally gets a taste of life outside the closet – but there are those who don’t want dirty secrets being aired and would stop at nothing to harm Billy (even though he’s already technically dead)... and there is a question hanging over the Bones’ family, a threat of a secret of their very own coming to light...
Billy Bones is an unusual take on how the skeletons in your closet are always there, lurking in the shadows threatening to come out, no matter how hard or how well you think they are tucked out of sight.
Full of imagination and pulling on traditionally theological notions of an afterlife with ghouls, ghosts, skeletons and even a strange creature known as “Gossip”; this is a feel good book that will engage and entertain young readers. Pirate Pete adds some much needed humour and mischievousness that is otherwise lacking in the other characters.
I am impressed with Lincoln’s first foray into children’s literature, and whilst the plot adheres to the typical “happy ever after” and “the baddie always gets his in the end” angles, it is, by all accounts, a vastly charming and eerily illuminating book.
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- 10 January 2012