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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX; First Edition edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439706408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439706407
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The nine-volume Bone graphic novel series was the toast of the comics world when it was published by Smith's own Cartoon Books beginning in the early 1990s; in this first volume of Scholastic's new edition, the original b&w art has been beautifully converted into color. Smith's epic concerns three blobby creatures who have stumbled into a valley full of monsters, magic, farmers, an exiled princess and a huge, cynical dragon. The story is something like a Chuck Jones version of The Lord of the Rings: hilarious and action-packed, but rarely losing track of its darker subtext about power and evil. This volume is the most lighthearted of the bunch, though, featuring some of the wittiest writing of any children's literature in recent memory--a few of Smith's gags are so delicious that he repeated them for the rest of the series. It also introduces the Bone cast's unforgettable supporting characters: the leathery, tough-as-nails, racing-cow-breeding Gran'ma Ben; the carnivorous but quiche-loving "rat creatures"; a spunky trio of baby opossums; and Ted the Bug, whose minimalist appearance (a tiny semicircle) exemplifies Smith's gift for less-is-more cartooning. The way his clear-lined, exaggerated characters contrast with their subtle, detailed backgrounds is a product of his background in animation, and so is his mastery of camera angles and choreography. This is first-class kid lit: exciting, funny, scary and resonant enough that it will stick with readers for a long time. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up–A whimsical journey, cunningly told. It combines fable with American legend in a tale of greed, friendship, and struggle. The story follows three cousins who have been thrown out of their town for cheating the citizens. Shortly thereafter, they are separated. Each Bone stumbles into a mysterious valley full of odd creatures that reveal strange happenings. The story is well paced with smooth transitions. It is dark, witty, mysterious, and exciting. The full-color art reflects that of classic comic books; one glance at the comic cels and one is reminded of old Disney and "Peanuts" cartoons. However, the animation and fresh story line put Smith in a league of his own.–Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA
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Customer Reviews

It was a fairly quick and enjoyable read for me, and I only regret that I must wait to read the next volume.
Yvette Beaudoin
As a blend of light hearted comedy, slapstick humor, adventure, and epic fantasy, Bone is a comic for all ages, and for the ages.
Godly Gadfly
This book dose have the illustrations in color but you can buy it with the traditional black and white illustrations to.
Steph

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Roger McCoy on February 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read the work of Jeff Smith, you are missing out on not only one of the greatest series of comics in recent memory, but what may be the greatest fantasy epic since the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. I highly recommend picking up Bone in any of its editions, although I lean toward "The Complete Bone" myself. However, there is one significant advantage of the edition listed here that none of the reviewers have mentioned yet (that I've spotted, anyway): This is the first release of Bone in full colour, as opposed to the black-and-white art contained in the previous tomes of the Bone series (with the exception of Rose). This series is so excellent that I'm tempted to get this edition despite already owning the complete black-and-white edition, and I cannot think of higher praise than that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric San Juan VINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jeff Smith's "Bone" series is a critically acclaimed but criminally overlooked epic for a reason. Critics recognize Smith's masterful storytelling abilities and are drawn to his mix of all-ages humor and decidedly adult darkness, but the black and white art and lack of superheroes is anathema to most comic book readers, making it a hit only in the "underground" sense.
Thank goodness for trade paperbacks, which have allowed new readers unaccustomed to weekly stops at the comic store to follow this marvelous, epic, enchanting series.
Those new to "Bone" should know this: Throw away the term "comic book." It's a term that for many has become defined by superheroes, but Smith's "Bone" is much more than that.
Timeless is every way, "Bone" is an expansive story about three "bone creatures" (you'd have to see them to understand) that find themselves in a valley peopled with an assortment of crazy and interesting characters. Looming over it all is the menace of a great evil, first glimpsed by the ferocious (and funny) rat creatures, but later revealed to be something much more disturbing.
Smith combines the kind of classic storytelling perfected by the likes of the legendary Carl Barks and Bill Watterson - gleefully funny cartooning with outrageously expressive faces and gestures - with the epic and engaging plotting of a sweeping fairy tale. "Bone" walks a tightrope and walks it well, managing to be something fans of both Donald Duck and Bilbo Baggins can enjoy.
"Out From Boneville," the first volume of nine, is in the grand scheme of things little more than an introduction to the people and places that make up the "Bone" epic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Boy Mom on September 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been trying to find something new for my 8-year-old son that really grabs him. I found this book by accident and could not be happier. I have found him reading after bed time under his covers to find out what happens next after our nighttime reading ends. He has put all the remaining volumes on his Christmas list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on September 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite comic. This story is about three brothers (Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone) who have been chased from their hometown because of Phoney's overpowering greed and quest for political power. These brothers are little while creatures call Bones. These Bone brothers get lost and separated as they flee their hometown. Individually they stuble into a fantasy world populated by humans. After the brothers get separated, the story focuses on Fone Bone. Fone adapts to living in this new world. During his long winter stay, he runs into Thorn, a human girl. He instantly falls in love and becomes friends with Thorn, but he finds it impossible to express his love. Fone eventually moves in with Thorn and her grandmother. While staying at their house, there is a terrible crisis. They are attacked by the mysterious and terrifying rat creatures. Can they survive? Read it and find out.
The art in this book is simply a pleasure to look at. The story had a simple sweet touch, but really livens up when the action starts. I was especially moved by the love between Fone and Thorn. I'm hoping that Fone will build up his courage and confess his love. If you read only one comic, this is the one you have to read. Don't miss it.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For those who find the arena known as Comics to be a

field of endless narrative possibilities, Jeff Smith's

BONE is a wonderful adventure. Filled with sobering

peril and merciless laughter, the saga of three cousins

lost in a strange land offers rich characterization

and many an ethical turn with each page. For those

who still regard Comics as a hopelessly unworthy

field, fit only to encourage ignorance and delinquency,

I submit that one good read of this first chapter,

OUT FROM BONEVILLE, will alter your perceptions on

this matter, forever.

Since its debut in 1991, Smith's saga of camaraderie,

hi-jinks, and deeper responsibility has set high marks

for Fantasy literature, and stunned the world of the

Sequential Arts. A prodigious epic which spans nine

volumes (and an illustrious prequel, ROSE), BONE is

a captivating read; alluring in its charm and immediacy,

and warming in its ability to be genuinely cute without

succumbing to the artifice of cutesiness.

That Smith achieves this in a tale of dragons, lost

princesses, sibling rivalry and prickly innocence

marks BONE as an exceptional masterpiece for all

ages to enjoy.

With the time-honored Scholastic Press currently

issuing the 9-volume saga in color, the tale now

becomes available to a whole new audience.
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