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This week we will be concentrating on the book 'Funnybones' written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 

This is the first book in the FUNNYBONES series and introduces the skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton.

They live in a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill and so the word repetition continues through this lighthearted story for early readers. The skeletons venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals that live in the zoo.


  • Talk about the book. What is the title of the book? Who is the author? What does author do? Who is illustrator? What does illustrator do? Look at the title page - what could this book be about? What do you think happens in the book?
  • Read the book if you have it at home, otherwise watch the video below:

🎃 Funnybones - Books Alive! Read Aloud Spooky Scary Halloween Special book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud the classic spooky scarey skeleton book by Janet and Allen ahlberg. More funny reads here

  • Start to think about the words that are used in the story and discuss what other kinds of words could be used in their place (synonyms and antonyms). The words ‘night’ and ‘dark’ are repeated continuously throughout the story, what other words can you find? 
  • Once the children are familliar with the book talk about the locations mentioned i.e. the Skeleton’s house, the zoo, the train station and the park. Create a map of what they think the Skeleton’s town would look like. Then label the places, do not forget to use your sounds.
  • Draw one of the skeletons from the book, try and write a sentence about it, e.g., I am big; I am small; I am dog, etc.