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When Bone first came on the scene, critics raved about it, often mentioning it as being "fun for the whole family." Jeff Smith has always been wary about others labeling his work "for children," partly because he knew that "no topic of human experience--from the introspection of Peanuts or the politics of Doonesbury to the lyricism of Pogo--was beyond the wonderful world of comics." He was also cautious because he knew that the story he was telling was going to deal with issues and themes graver than Saturday morning's cotton-candy cartoons. In Bone: The Dragonslayer, the first volume of the second Bone trilogy, there is conflict, sometimes involving violence. There are forces of evil. There is war. But Bone is neither pap nor pabulum; it is challenging without being obtuse, and yes, even within its fantasy setting, Bone is real. This distinct combination makes it the best kind of children's book. Parents, read this book with your children. You'll find it may turn out to be your favorite book, too. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grade 4 Up—This book will no doubt please fans of the series, but the plot is somber and often drags, and the humor is too easy, too sparse, and not dry-witted, as in earlier titles. What the story lacks in plot, it makes up for in character development; there are back stories about Thorn; Gran'ma; and a mysterious, new, hooded dark leader; and the relationship between Fone Bone and Thorn deepens. While the series as a whole has appeal to both young and old alike, the dark images and light violence in this title might be too intense for some younger readers.—Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA
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My friend sent me her copies of this series, but she was missing the 4th. I couldn't beat the price and the condition is near perfect. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Hannah
Came fast in proper packaging and looks pristine :) great work kelly overstock!!!Published 2 months ago by Amanda Izzo
My 9 year old son loves these books and he just told me the writer did the Simpsons.....I had no idea, its great to see he went a step further to research that.Published 6 months ago by Saunji
The intensity continues to mount for the Bones, Thorn, Gran’ma, and the other inhabitants of the rural Stony Gulch. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shelli