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Grade 4-8 This installment introduces Big Johnson Bone, the explorer who founded Boneville. A fearless Davey Crockett-like character, he defeats a cave bear when just a baby and grows up to best all manner of beasts, including a pack of ratlike creatures intent on taking over the forest. Big Johnson's recklessness in the face of danger results in much humor, as does the commentary of his terrified, sarcastic monkey companion. Smith's quick wit shines through in the exchanges between Johnson and his companions. The colorful art is jam-packed with action, and the characters are enhanced with exaggerated features and movements. The story moves quickly as Big Johnson falls into one predicament after another. This addition to the Bone saga will keep readers of the series happy and create new fans. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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Now that Scholastic has completed its colorization of the entire Bone series, including the prequel, Rose (2009), fans get this little collection of bite-size morsels to savor as they await with bated breath the first book in a new Bone trilogy due out this fall. A couple new stories lead into the centerpiece, which was first published as Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails by Smith’s Cartoon Books in 1999. This yarn follows the legendary founder of Boneville, Big Johnson Bone, and his adventures in the Valley, where rat creatures are threatening the cuddly forest denizens. The stern-jawed, brawl-ready Big Johnson doesn’t quite have the lasting personality of Fone, Phoney, or Smiley, but his hilariously offhanded heroics and nearly delusional coolheadedness in the face of danger (“This reminds me of the time I was nearly consumed by the voracious Hungrisaur! There I was, buck naked . . .” he says as he is swallowed by an enormous rat creature) make for unswervingly entertaining reading. Pretty much an essential purchase for collections that house Bone, which should be all of them. Grades 6-12. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 560 (What's this?)
  • Series: Bone (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX; Uncorrected Proof edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054514096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545140966
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Bone: Tall Tales by Jeff Smith with Tom Sniegoski, a companion to the epic Bone saga, was previously published in black-and-white as Stupid-Stupid Rat-tails. This brand-new edition, published by Scholastic Graphix in both hardcover and paperback, features new stories and full-colour art.

Bone: Tall Tales serves as a perfect introduction to the series for new readers, and it's a must-have for long-time Bone fans as well. This fun collection of stories of Casper-looking underdogs is perfectly titled, because each and every funny tale Smiley shares 'round the campfire is a tall one. The glossy full-colour illustrations will reel kids in, and the high-falutin' stories will keep them intrigued. The tale of Bone's birth is especially off-the-wall. My favorite tale is the final story, in which Bone gathers a hodgepodge group of woodland creatures, including an adorable fox, a shy turtle, a very put-upon monkey, and a guardian dragon named Stillman who quickly stole a little piece of my heart, to help him in a fight against the evil rat creatures.

Two thumbs up for Tall Tales, Smith, and Sniegoski!
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I am an avid fan of the comic medium and a comic creator myself. I knew very little about Bone, however, until I bought the collected edition. I thought it was wonderful: the crisp,clear art, the humor and the way the story unfolded where top notch. This prequel is an excellent addition giving the reader a further view into the lives and myths of the Bones. Something that is not a big part of the Bone saga. Another plus is that the art is in color. This is not always a good thing as in many comics the color overwhelms the art. Not in this case. Everthing fits together perfectly.

These stories are short, fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. For what its worth, I recommend it.
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And I love the 'little' Bones. But it was a bit of a let down to hear that the founding father of Boneville had been ...[SPOILER DELETED]

Great art throughout and a fun little Paul Bunyan-esque tale for all ages.
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I have read the Bone series twice, it is so good. So I got this Bone book, though without high expectations; I know it's not in the series, so there won't be as much excitement. I figure it will still be fun to read.

Well, it isn't. The art work is still gorgeous as always, given that Jeff Smith did it. But the storyline is a disaster. I know that you don't believe me as I say as. If I had read this comment before I read the book, I wouldn't believe this either. I mean, how could Jeff Smith come up with a bad plot? Look at the Bone series! Not possible!

But I examined the book carefully and found out why. The story isn't by Jeff. It's by another guy Tom; only the ark work is by Jeff.

I tried to finish this book 5 times and couldn't. The storyline is too boring! My son, age 13 and a Bone fan, warned me before I started that this book isn't good, but I thought he's just being a weird teenager.

At the end of the book, it is indicated that Jeff is collaborating with Tom on future coming Bone books too. Bad idea, Mr. Jeff! If you want to do a job right, you need to do it yourself. Or at least find competent help.

I can't believe Scholastic, a high quality publisher who does books like Harry Potter, is allowing Tall Tales to appear in the market. Well, I guess stuff happens.

But let me just say that the art work is superb, as always. The drawing is beautiful, and the coloring is amazing! But the plot! Such beautiful art should not be matched to such a boring plot!
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It's just as great as you would expect. I loved every moment of it. I love the coloring and Jeff Smith's art is brilliant as it always is. My book was delivered fast and in perfect condition. I love this book!
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My 12 year old grandson, who is autistic, loves this series of books. He sits & reads them from cover to cover which is rare for him to read books. He reads on the computer for the most part but he loves these stories!! Keep up the good work.
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This is the prequel book to the Bone series. It was a fun addition to the series. Not as wonderful as the original story, but still fun to read and entertaining.

In this book Smiley Bone tells some younger Bones stories about Big Johnson Bone, the adventurous founder of Boneville. Big Johnson Bone is a bit outrageous and has a lot of crazy tales attributed to his name.

The artwork is consistent with previous Bone books; it's fun and matches the tone of the story well.

The book features little stories about various adventures that Big Johnson was on. We even get to find out how the Rat Creatures lost their tails!

While I enjoyed the sheer outlandishness of some of Big Johnson's tales, I didn't find him to be quite as endearing of a character as our wonderful original Bone trio. Still he was funny and his candidness about his adventures was fun to read about.

Overall this is a fun addition to the Bone series. Just something to tide you over until there is more Bone to read. The tales of Boneville founder Big Johnson Bone are amusing and entertaining. Fans of the series should be pleased with this addition, this book also stands alone well on its own and is appropriate for younger readers as well.
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