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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 7
  • Series: Bone
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545211425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545211420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Smith is the creator of the award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling BONE series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation. Visit him online at www.boneville.com.

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What a heart wrenching, yet involved, scene that would be!
Jessica Booth
I am a huge Bone fan and collector so of course I had to have this as well.
William Hoffknecht
I highly recommend these books to children in the age groups of 10-12.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Hoffknecht on May 25, 2010
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I am a huge Bone fan and collector so of course I had to have this as well.

It is similar to The "Bone Sourcebook", but in a book form and printed by Scholastic. The book is about the same size and style as the other softcover Scholastic printings of the Bone comics, so overall it is good quality.

The information inside covers a wide range of topics, from a good overview of the story, the history of Jeff Smith, the fictional history of the valley, some fun facts, and a few rarely seen comic pages with little side stories. With this full-color book you also get a cardboard foldy pop-out thing of one of the stupid rat creatures that is also a little fun in its own way.

If you are new you Bone, this is a good place to start. If you are a Bone veteran, you can pass as you are probably not missing anything that you have never seen before. If you do not plan on reading Bone but want to be prepared for when the movie comes out (in the works right now), this might also work for you in that regard. Overall, a quality product, but a lot of Bone fans can skip it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wade466 on November 29, 2011
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Nice way to get boys back into their Bone books again, good quality and easy to read. He added it to his collection, but not a good choice to count as "reading" for school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FreezeFrame on March 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
My 12 year old son is a big comic book reader. He loves all comics, but most of the comics these days are not for the younger audiences since they are really geared more toward the adult audience due to the gore, language, and graphics. The Bone books are published like a comic book so he feels like he is actually reading a comic. It still has an interesting storyline, but not too juvenile for a 12-year old, but not too mature either (and no language). He has the entire set from book 1 up to the last book and he reads them front to back every time and has read a few of them more than once.

I highly recommend these books to children in the age groups of 10-12. They are paperback books, but great quality. For the price, you can't beat it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Are you a fan of BONE or new to the comics? Either way, there will be something in BONE HANDBOOK that will be of interest to you.

If you are just starting with Book 1 of the series, the BONE HANDBOOK gives readers a brief background of the story and how it evolves. It explains how Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone get run out of Boneville and wind up on their various adventures. If you have been into the series from the beginning, it gives more explanations on the extended characters and how the Bones interact with them all.

With lots of colorful artwork, and an interview with the creator, Jeff Smith, there is so much to absorb in the BONE HANDBOOK. To properly digest everything, the reader needs to set aside some quiet time and curl up with this book.

If you were like me, prior to reading the BONE HANDBOOK, I could pick out the characters in a line-up but was unfamiliar with the background or storyline of Fone Bone and gang. Now, after reading this enjoyable handbook, I am eager to pick up Book 1 in the series and see the adventures that they get into.

As an added treat to this book, there is a brief comic included in three parts, THE KITE. If this is a taste of the rest of the series, I know I will enjoy the humor of Mr. Smith.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Garvey on February 20, 2014
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I can't tell you how many people I have recommended Bone to. Every time I am in a comic book store and see a mother and a youngster looking for something to break into in the comic scene. The first thing that comes to mind is Bone. It's a great all ages book, it's well written and your kids will love it. With all the "adult" stuff out there... you really need to be cautious what your children are reading. Bone is quality and safe. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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By Zac Hanscom on October 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
I bought the Bone Handbook because my nephew and I are big fans of Bone. I read the black-and-white version, and he's 2/3 into the color version. The handbook has a few unpublished comics, a pair of interviews, a character guide, synopses of all the nine books and a glossary, among other features.

I found the handbook a little disappointing in that there wasn't much in the handbook that wasn't in the series. The bonus comics were nice, but hardly plentiful. As a kid, I'd read Star Wars books and get just a hint of what the backstory behind a few of the scenes were, and those were enough to keep me interested in the series despite a 16-year break between the films. I know my nephew will like it, so I'm giving it ***. I didn't.
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Format: Paperback
The Bone Handbook is a collection of extras about the Bone saga. It includes a history of the Valley where all the action takes place (basically a summary of the whole story), character biographies, recipes, interviews with the writers and the colorist, and a couple of bonus stories. It's the graphic novel equivalent of that second DVD full of extra materials you watch because you really love the movie. I found it enjoyable and informative and recommend it to Bone fans--but you need to finish the graphic novels first or else you'll read spoilers!
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Format: Paperback
The Bone universe was something I stumbled on purely by accident. Not letting the opportunity slide to read this handbook for the series, I dove right in. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the interview information given, and left with more questions. Good questions though, similar to "Is Jeff Smith ever going to write more about the Bone universe?"

Writing
Before reading this handbook, I would obviously suggest that you read the entire series first. Not only would this book be a lot less entertaining, but the tidbits of information you get inside the covers would be lost to you. Without a doubt, I will eagerly accept any book that even slightly revolves around the Bone Universe. Jeff Smith seems like a fantastic guy, and learning more about him and his processes left me proud for his accomplishments and his journey as a writer and illustrator.

Some plot points I was left wondering about concerned the lineage of Rose's children, and the heartbreaking scene involving her having to bury her entire family. What a heart wrenching, yet involved, scene that would be! In this you also learn that Jeff made it a point to never show Boneville, which had to be something on everyone's mind as they read the series. I won't tell why, but trust me when I say I think he made the right decision.

The only negative thing I have to say with a book format such as this, were the book summaries. I general digest everything in a book, but once I made it to the book summaries section, I was left trying to push through 10 pages of a rushed version of the story in each book release. I personally felt like it wasn't necessary.

Artwork
With Jeff actually writing and illustrating, it's always neat to learn a bit more about the artists' work process.
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