The Skull

Jon Klassen

The Skull
Walker Books Ltd
United Kingdom
5 July 2023

The Skull

Jon Klassen

Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Jon Klassen delivers a deliciously macabre treat for folktale fans.

In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can brave Otilla save them both?

Steeped in shadows and threaded with subtle wit - with rich, monochromatic artwork and an illuminating author's note - The Skull is as empowering as it is mysterious and foreboding.


Otilla is running through the wood. We don’t quite know why, only that she has run so far that the familiar wood isn’t so recognisable anymore. Then she stumbles upon a large, old house, with only one occupant inside: a skull. It is a friendly skull, however, who happily shows Otilla around and invites her to stay the night. The problem is, it turns out they aren’t the only ones in the big house after all ...

Jon Klassen has a vast, dedicated fan base amongst both staff and customers at Readings, and The Skull will only gain him more fans. This is a beautiful book, in muted, ghostly shades of grey with colour popping in every now and again to brighten the darkest of moments. This is suitable for a spookier kind of kid – one who won’t get too shaken up by a skeleton-chase scene – and is a perfect, misremembered folk tale for 8+.

This item is in-stock at 7 shops and will ship in 3-4 days

Our stock data is updated periodically, and availability may change throughout the day for in-demand items. Please call the relevant shop for the most current stock information. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Sign in or become a Readings Member to add this title to a wishlist.