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3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with Skinnybones! Just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny, Skinnybones has been a kid and teacher favorite for almost thirty years and has sold over 1 MILLION copies!

Play ball??? Alex Frankovitch is the smallest, second-worst kid on his team. But
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 8th 1997 by Yearling (first published August 12th 1982)
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Oct 08, 2013 Karin rated it liked it
Alex Frankovitch is a boy that can not shut up and makes a lot of troubles. Alex goes through a lot of trouble, and terying to fix it, but at the end, he becomes what he wanted to be.
Through Dialogue - "I am small"
1. I think Alex is a Risk-Taker because he says sentences that might make a big problem.
2. I think Alex is Dishonest because he wants to be a popular person like T.J.
3. I think Alex is Adventurous because he goes through all the hard and dangerous things.
4. I think Alex never gives
Jan 29, 2015 Rayhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. My favorite part was when Alex and T.J. had a pitching contest.
Did I enjoy reading Barbara Park's Skinnybones, a middle grade novel originally published in 1982? Yes and no. First, as is obvious, I am not the target audience for this one. I am not in elementary school. I am not a boy. My sense of humor isn't that of a sixth grade boy. Also, I have absolutely no interest in baseball, or, in reading books about baseball. I didn't exactly want to like Alex Frankovitch, the hero nicknamed Skinnybones. But. At times I found myself liking him despite his obnoxiou ...more
Ms. Yingling
Alex Frankovitch is very small, and doesn't play baseball very well. He gets into a bragging match with T.J., and gets himself into a pitching contest. He doesn't want everyone to show up at his game, but can't really stop them. Alex's parents want to support him, but this includes making him go to the game! There are a variety of funny school occurences as well, and at the end, Alex wins the Kitty Fritters essay contest he has entered, and wins a chance to be in a commercial, filmed in New York ...more
Mar 10, 2012 ABC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
My son loved this book. It is about a boy who uses his sense of humor to deal with life. It has a bully in it and a lot of baseball talk. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book--my son certainly isn't.

It is by the author of the Junie B. Jones series, and it sort of feel like a Junie B. book for older kids. Funny as heck, of course.
Apr 09, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give this two and a half stars. The relentless humor of Barbara Park (and Alex!) never falters, and I found BIG laughs seemingly on at least every few pages! I have never found anyone who is funnier than Barbara Park, and this story is an excellent example of her peerless wit at work. A good performance.
Devone Smith
This stroy is about a boy naned Alex who is the worst player on his baseball team and happens to alos be the smallest. He has a hard time fitting in but at the same time he manages well with his sense of humore and lack of fear when it comes to making his fellow studens laugh at any cost, which tends to get him into a lot of trouble with adults. This is a very good story that shows that somwtimes even though you arent the best at soemthing or the biggest and maybe you cause some trouble that you ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Shelleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Probably my all time favorite juvenile books. I have read it over and over again. I never get tired of it. We even read it in college and it was still as funny as I remembered. That was saying a lot.
Seriously READ THIS BOOK. Read it to you kids. Read it alone. Own it love it. I don't care but just READ THIS BOOK.
Ashley Hamelin
Aug 25, 2014 Ashley Hamelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book skinny bones by Barbra Park. I thought that it was a great book. If you like sports, you will like this book! It was the funniest book that I have ever read.

This book is about a boy named Alex who never gave up on his goals and dreams. He was bullied by a boy named TJ, a lot and Alex was not a very good athlete but still he never gave up. I think this book is inspiring to kids that have dreams and challenges.

This book is perfect for both boys and girls and its an easy read.There
Aug 15, 2014 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not continue reading after the first paragraph. The boy has a disrespectful attitude toward his mother. Comments such as, "Listen, Mother, do you want to hear what I have to say or not?" "I couldn't believe it. My mother was actually going to believe that stupid story. Wow!" and "I think I probably would have felt a lot worse but my mother was laughing so hard that she forgot to punish me for lying to her. Getting her to laugh always works..."

This is not a good attitude to encourage in chi
Sweet on Books
Jan 01, 2011 Sweet on Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-sr, melissa-g
Alex Frankovitch is a skinny little sixth grade boy who is lacking in athletic ability but has no shortage of jokes. He worries about being so tiny, hates that he always has to wear a size “small” and brings in a picture of the Lucky Charms guy because that’s what he thinks he’s going to be when he grows up - the size of a leprechaun. So you can see that he has a great, dry sense of humor. His mom is pretty funny too so maybe he gets it from her. The story centers on Alex’s experiences at home a ...more
Alexander Coles
Sep 23, 2011 Alexander Coles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book"Skinnybones",by"Barbra Parks," was the most funniest book I have ever read. The date of publication of this great phenomenon "Skinny bones" was in 2002. The type of story this is is a fiction-like a type of historical fiction/fantasy. The type of award this book has received was a Newberry Medal of Honor for the bestseller of 2002. In this book there is exactly 165 pages, and it took me 1 month to read the book. The main character is Alex Frankovich and the supporting characters are hi ...more
Garrett B.
Ha Ha Ha, Skinny Bones by Barbara Park was an ok book. The only thing that made me turn the page was that it was funny. This book did remind me of me. Smallest on my baseball team, being sarcastic to just about everything (did I mention being one of the smallest kids). Yeah I connected with this book a little.
Alex is the main character and he wants to be a big shot. But there is a kid named T.J. Stoner and he thinks he is so cool and he kind of is but he takes it too far. Alex doesn’t want to
Eun Bi
Oct 09, 2013 Eun Bi rated it really liked it
The story is about a little, mischievous, dishonest boy named Alex. He like to lie and wants to be famous so when he became a middle schooler, he entered to the baseball team.
I can know that Alex is cheeky through his actions because when he get in trouble, he always tries to get out of his trouble. From that, I also can know that he is creative, because he always make many different excuses.I know that he is also a static character because even though he gets in trouble, he keeps on doing it
Apr 21, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good laugh
This book is very funny and fun to read. It's about a boy named Alex, or as other people call him "Skinnybones" because he’s so small and skinny, who plays baseball which is ironic because he is really bad at playing it. Alex seems to have a very big and obnoxious mouth for such a scrawny kid. He begins to develop a conflict when he starts talking smack to the best baseball player on the league named T.J. Stoner, it seems to get him in a little bit of trouble because his team then has to play a ...more
Ms. Mielke's Class
If you really wanted to read a good book I would chose Skinnybones I would totally recommend it. You laugh a lot in, but what I liked most was how at the end of the book he gets to be on tv. What was surprising was that when he was playing T.J's team he actually hit the ball. SS

If you are looking for a good laugh, or just a fun book to read you will like Skinnybones. It is a small book, but it is just plain hilarious. It is about a boy named Alex, but he is small for his age. To top it off his b
Dec 22, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 29, 2015 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought skinny-bones was a good book because it is about a boy around are age. He likes to play ball and says things he it's not. The ending was shocking for me but funny at the same time I don't want say what happened just in case someone wants to read it.
Mrs. Kris's Class
Skinnybones is a wacky, funny about a boy named Alex who is a terrible baseball player and quite the liar. . . .

Sophie`s review: Skinny bones is funny and I reccomend it too ALL ages! This book is about a boy named Alex who has quite the imaganation and quite the liar. When Alex goes on fifth grade he meets his new arch rivl T.G. Stoner. His brother is a celibrety witch makes him one too. Alex hates all the attension on T.G. when he becomes quite the celibrety
Oct 09, 2013 Yuanlin rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
This book is about a boy called Alex, who could never shut up, he gets into severals of trouble.
This character is funny, dumb and a risk taker. For example, he tells a lie to TJ Stoner that he is the best pitcher his coach has ever seen in the season. That is an example of funny. I think his actions are stupid and never thinks of what will happen after. This character was not popular in the beginning of the story, but later on, he becomes a little bit popular by his braveness in the baseball ga
I am pretty sure I read this in fourth or fifth grade and found it hilarious. Reading it out loud to my six-year-old, I didn't feel the same way. My daughter claimed she found it funny, but she didn't laugh. There is a lot of baseball talk, which is not that interesting for us non-sporty types.

Tangential comment: I wonder why Alex's parents made him play on the Little League for all those years. It seems like he hated it and didn't have an aptitude for it. Other than this, they are pretty hands
Apr 21, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidbooks
I have a finicky class this year when it comes to read-a-louds. They hated the ending of "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" calling it a "let down" and insisting "Bradley and Carla shoulda gotten married". "The Tiger Rising" fared a bit better, but again they argued about the ending. So I am forsaking any sense of dramatic tension for pure comedy. Barbara Park later became famous for the Junie B.Jones stories, but this has always ben my favorite of hers. The story is pretty straight forward ...more
May 02, 2016 TGSDragon rated it it was ok
I got this book from my 3rd grade teacher, which was years ago. I found it while cleaning up & unpacking my room & decided to read it for good memories. It's OK, but it's nowhere near my favorite book.
Tam Newell
Humorous book about fitting in and finding what you are good at. Read with a fourth grade group, and we chuckled throughout the book.
Jan 30, 2016 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
There was a kid in my class in Elementary school that fit Alex almost exactly. It made me laugh, but I felt sad for him at times too.
Amanda Hartinger
Nov 20, 2013 Amanda Hartinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I read in elementary school that I really enjoyed. It's an underdog book that I could really relate to growing up (I played softball, and somehow, just like Alex, I managed to always get the "Most Improved Player" award...and was just as frustrated about it as he was!). This book is full of humor, and is encouraging to any kid who might struggle with self-esteem or have a hard time overcoming challenges in life. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I'd definitely recommend ...more
Skinny bones is about a kid named Alex and how he and his rival go all out. In the end he win a cat food thing.
My favorite part is part in skinny bones is where Alex's get into trouble a lot with his friends and teachers.
Apr 13, 2009 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my story my character is new and he wants to hit in.One reason i say this because in class he was fooling around and he wanted to be the class clown.Another reason was when he wanted to try out for the guys'baseballteam.One thing i liked about this book was that he didnt'give up his dream and wanted to be a very good baseball player.
One thing i didnt' like about the story was when the auther didnt' let him chace his dream.Poeple that would read this book are sports people,
because if you like
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Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.

Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for
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