Children’s Book Review: Who Owns These Bones?

Who Owns These Bones is written by Henri Cap, Raphael Martin and Renaud Vigourt and is a unique look at animal skeletons and anatomy for 7-11 year olds.

My son is fascinated by animals of all types and on a recent trip to Wild Discovery, he was especially interested in some pictures of bat skeletons. This got us all talking about bones and skeletons (and bat knees which bend the wrong way). Keen to capitalise on this new enthusiasm for skeletons, we’ve been reading Who Owns These Bones.

Children's Book Review: Who Owns These Bones?

Learning about what’s inside our bodies and how it all works is an essential part of science. Learning about animal skeletons and how they work and how they have evolved is both very important and actually quite a lot of fun. In Who Owns These Bones, you will discover a whole host of skeletons and learn about what makes each one unique. You’ll learn how to tell the difference between a human skull and a gorilla’s skull and a whole lot more besides.

The book is informative and facts are presented in slightly more than a bite-size format. Each page has flaps which you can lift up which shows the animal skeleton and the animal itself. The book covers all kinds of skeleton facts; from horns and antlers, teeth; how legs, feet and hands are put together, to the skeletons of creatures which swim, like fish, sharks and squid. Importantly it includes the proper scientific names for things, such as exoskeleton and coelacanth.

Children's Book Review: Who Owns These Bones?

Who Owns These Bones is a big book with a lot of information in it. It’s not a reference book, but a fun way of exploring biology, evolution and zoology. It’s perfectly pitched at the right age group, it’s accessible and interesting enough for my 8 year old to really get it; but with the depth of information and detail which would still enthrall an 11 year old.

It’s a stylish hardback book; printed in mostly blues and oranges, with detailed illustrations of skeletons and creatures alike. There’s some humour and a lot of good solid information. Who Owns These Bones would be a great book for children who are interested in biology and science. It ticks all the right boxes for us; it’s fun, accessible, interesting and educational.

Who Owns These Bones costs £16.99. It’s published by Laurence King and it is available from a wide range of bookshops including Amazon.

For details of more children’s books published by Laurence King, visit their website.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Who Owns These Bones for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.