Fat & Bones

And Other Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Welcome to Bald’s farm. Well, perhaps it’s not Bald’s farm anymore. The old man has kicked the bucket, setting off a wave of conflict from the flooded farmhouse kitchen to the muddy pig pen to the tall wheat fields. In this darkly funny, slightly supernatural chain of tales, no creature is safe. Not Leonard Grey, a spider with sophisticated tastes. Not Esmeralda, a resentful one-legged pig. Not Tulip, a plant with a mean streak. And as for Bones, the old man’s son, and Fat, his winged rival? They’ll learn that danger lurks in the strangest of places…

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2014-10-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002090, JUV038000, JUV037000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 700
Guided Reading Level X
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166999
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Larissa Theule

Having recently returned to the US after living six years in China, Larissa Theule resides in Pasadena, CA, with her family and dog. Once a barista, a billing assistant, and a high school teacher, she now devotes her time to writing stories and growing a rambling garden, where no fairies have been sighted—at least not yet. Fat & Bones is her first book.

Illustrator: Adam S. Doyle

Born in Boston, Adam earned his BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design and a decade later his MFA at The School of Visual Arts. He has enjoyed living for a time in Rome, Los Angeles, New York City, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. His artwork is a lifelong means of exploring which he does everyday into themes of nature, myth, and wonder.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015


Library Media Connection

“[Q]uick and entertaining tale from a first-time author….This book would be a perfect choice for teacher read-alouds, and students would clamor to read it again on their own.”―Library Media Connection


“Bloodthirsty young readers will revel in Theule’s anthropomorphic short stories…. Doyle’s black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations complement the stories with just the right amount of gloom and whimsy.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Moments of selfishness, sacrifice, bravery, and revenge jumble together in haunting and unexpected ways, and Doyle’s lush b&w illustrations help establish an unsettling atmosphere that feels like Charlotte’s Web by way of Neil Gaiman.” —starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Tonally these read a bit like folk or fairy tales, but the edges are sharp; the dark, ink-blotted design and pen-and-ink art make this an object to admire as well as read. Strange and strangely compelling, this is one of those books that needs the right reader—who will eat it up.” —Kirkus Reviews