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Fat & Bones: And Other Stories

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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 resentf ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Carolrhoda Books (R) (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have a kid in your life who is a bit...different? This book might be just the thing. This book, to say the least, is strange, but that is not a bad thing. This book has the dark feel of the old stories from the Grimm brothers. The illustrations are wonderful and really help you get a feel for the story.

The author did a good job in teaching some important lessons through the stories and there is a lasting sense of irony in the overall book that I quite liked. The things that happen as a result o
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Not sure about this book. I probably would have enjoyed it more, had I not been reading it for a purpose (which I don't believe it suits), although if i were to take the whole thing to heart, I might not want to get out of bed in the morning. To quote Lemony Snicket, "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle." And "Fat & ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ick! These very dark fairy tales had too much violence for me.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cbmr-reviewed
On a not-so-ordinary farm, the farmer Bald has died. His son Bones is now unchecked and free to release his wrath on his arch nemesis, Fat the Fairy. This starts a chain of unusual and often unfortunate events. The farmer’s wife cries until there are inches of water on the floor. A little mouse must sail across this new ocean to reach the mouse he loves on the other side. Fat makes a potion for Bones that requires spider blood, and the not-so-adventurous spider Leonard must save the day. From a ...more
Kitty Jay
Fat & Bones: And Other Stories by Larissa Theule is the story of the rivalry between a winged fairy, Fat, and a farmer's odious son, Bones. It also is the tale of a dog with a cold, a mouse in love, a cat without a tail, and a spiteful tulip. It is, in sum, a very weird book.

And yet, it is no less delightful for that. It very much reminds me of something, but I struggle to think of what. The illustrations are heavily reminiscent of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories and their remarkable illustrator,
James Biser
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This is a decent fantasy about a farm and a fairy or two that watch over it and have a disagreement with the farmer. It also discusses the mental and emotional anguish of a few of the farm animals. There are better fantasies available.
Nicole Aka Grave doll
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was up my ally and seeing as these books are either a dying breed or just hard to find. I have a deep lust for odd and strange.

A bit of gory, splat with blood that screams weird stories.
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (Oct 1)

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An atmospheric and unearthly set of interconnected stories about the inhabitants of a slightly bleak farm.

This book has a feel of magical realism, with strange and unexpected twists emerging in every one of the interlaced stories. The characters are at once likeable and a bit off-putting, their actions two parts self-serving and one part self
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I got this in audio I thought that it was a children’s book, I was thinking grades 4-6 or so, but having read it I would say that 6-12 would be a more appropriate age range and even then, parents may balk and children may squeam at the bloodiness and cruelty of the stories. The book is a collection of interwoven stories surrounding one event. Mr. Bald dies and this finally frees two enemies, his son Bones and the fairy Fat, to fight to the death. The two face off and their resulting scuffle ...more
Roohi Iqbal
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fat and Bones is wonderfully layered and reads like a modern-ish fable but a few modern fables match its lyrical writing and quality of character construction. Each chapter can be read as stand alone, and also sequentially. The characters in the book are beautifully interdependent. Theule has done a wonderful job of creating characters that are truly alive and memorable. Every creature from the pigs, the flowers, the spider etc., have a perspective and intense desire to survive in a world that i ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Found this in the youth section of the library, and was intrigued by the cover. But I quickly found out that this was no read-aloud-to-childrend kind of book. In fact, I think the first story alone scared my boys enough to make me quit reading it to them

Fat and Bones hate each other, and during their epic and weird battle a number of other strange, slightly supernatural, events happen on the farm. We read about a lonely spider, a love-sick mouse, a tulip with a mean streak, a resentful pig, a bo
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Mr. Bald, the farmer, dies and his son Bones is finally free to go after Fat, the fairy in the tree. Mrs. Bald can't stop crying over her husband's death. Fat and Bones have been enemies for a long time though it is not explained what made them such. Fat makes a potion for Bones's pig foot stew and unfortunately Mrs. Bald eats it instead causing her to go flat. Bones tries to cut down Fat's tree and instead cuts off the cat's tail. There are other stories interspersed in the Fat and Bones tales. ...more
Robin Herrera
Creepy, dark, and delightful. Interwoven short stories reveal a world where fate is cruel and twisted, but without gore, extreme violence, or bad language. (Which is kind of impressive!)

This book reminded me a LOT of the Scary Stories trilogy written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. In Fat & Bones, there are also creepy, slightly unsettling black and white illustrations.

Give this to a kid who loves scary books. Give it to a reluctant teen reader. Give it to someone who doesn
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thanks to and Carolrhoda Books for early access to this title.

Well, this was really not my cup of tea. Way to much casual cruelty for me. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for children who are sensitive in any way. I did very much enjoy the illustrations, however. This might be a nice read for those who enjoy horror stories, but I really didn't enjoy it much at all.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're into fairy tales more along the darker side, then this little collection of short stories might just be for you. It doesn't have a great deal of substance, however, it does have a fascinating underlying story. This book was different than most of the literature I had been reading lately, and I do not regret picking it up. ...more
Reminded me simultaneously of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories, and Clive Barker's The Thief of Always, with a little flavor of Pressed Fairies.

Not straight horror, but horrific enough that I would recommend it for a kid looking for something suitably creepy.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A creepy set of fairy tale/fables along the lines of the original Brothers Grimm and Aesop fables with some pretty great artwork to boot. I really enjoyed reading this, but it's probably a bit dark for small kids or kids that are easily freaked out. ...more
Gina Schaarschmidt
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: truly-quirky
Weird, weird, weird. A Grimm-like set of stories that are interwoven. Great illustrations. More violent than I expected, but that's part of the Grimm tradition. I would recommend it for middle school. ...more
Karyn Silverman
I... This was a very very odd book.
I reviewed this book for School Library Journal. If/when the review is published, I will update this goodreads review.
This book is a nearly flawless combination of linked short stories. Though it might not be to everyone's taste, this is one of the best middle-grade books I have read. ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Not for every kid. Reminded me a bit of Roald Dahl's books. ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
a tightly woven set of short stories that were disturbing at times - more appropriate for YA than for my 4th and 5th graders
Sarah Elizabeth
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to anyone who loves/ loved reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
So weird. So weird.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of connected stories in the creepy vein of Scary Stories.
Chris Theule-VanDam
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished Fat & Bones by my brilliant cousin, Larissa Theule. Honestly, I'm not sure what just happened. You will have to read it for yourself :) ...more
Shauna Yusko
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Odd, weird, and creepy. But not in a bad way.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a gem! Stumbled on this in the library and read it in less than an hour. So off kilter. I love the quirkiness of the stories.
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