Bonaparte Falls Apart

By Margery Cuyler

Illustrations by Will Terry

ISBN: 9781101937686

Author Website: www(.)margerycuyler(.)com

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro


Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.
When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?
Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?


Bonaparte is a little skeleton boy who seems to be having trouble keeping his bones in place. School is starting soon and Bonaparte doesn’t know what to do to solve his problem. Bonaparte ‘s friend, Franky Stein, tries helping him by glueing and screwing his bones together with no success. Bonaparte’s friend Blacky Widow helps him out by spinning and pinning a web around him, but it fails to work, as well. Lastly, Bonaparte get help from Mummicula who wraps him up, but forgets something really important, and fails that attempt.

Bonaparte is feeling sad because school will start in no time and he can’t keep himself together, but when he and his friends see something that might just work, they take the opportunity to try it out.

Bonaparte Falls Apart is a wonderful and entertaining children’s book to read and admire the detailed artwork. It demonstrates that with teamwork, one can solve any obstacle that might challenge one’s goals. In the story, Bonaparte is worried about how he will manage when school starts, but with the help of his friends he overcomes his difficulties and is ready to go back to school.

Bonaparte Falls Apart is a good and non-difficult book to read for children. It has a great story, message, and illustrations. A book I definitely recommend.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*