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Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave Paperback – August 1, 2007

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Book 6 of 10 in the Bone Graphic Novels Series

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Praise for the Bone series

Named one of the top ten graphic novels of all time by Time

"Spectacular." -Spin magazine

"One of the best kids' comics ever." -VIBE magazine

"Jeff Smith's Bone series . . . is a true accomplishment. Not only is it a terrific graphic-novel series, but it's a superb example of storytelling." -School Library Journal

"Bone is storytelling at its best, full of endearing, flawed characters whose adventures run the gamut from hilarious whimsy to thrilling drama." -Entertainment Weekly

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: GN430L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Graphix; Gph edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439706351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439706353
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric San Juan VINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
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Jeff Smith's wonderful "Bone" series continues with this, the sixth of nine volumes (completing the second of three trilogies). "Old Man's Cave" continues the trend of previous installments, which have slowly grown less humorous and more grim.
Yet through the increasingly dark tone of the "Bone" saga, Smith manages to keep things friendly for all ages, a truly commendable task in this era of R rated comics.
"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, revealed slowly over the course of nine volumes. The series starts off lighthearted, but grows less so as the story unravels itself.
"Old Man's Cave" is a good example of that. The tale is compelling and dark, letting unfold the tale of Thorn, grandma and the bones, showing us the rising tide of evil in the valley, and ultimately leaving us with a thrilling conclusion filled with despair and hopelessness. It is a great climax to the second of three interwoven trilogies, and without question a perfect end to the second act of this series. When finishing this, you'll reach for the next volume right away.
It all works because Smith combines the kind of classic storytelling perfected by the likes of the legendary Carl Barks (Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge) and Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) - gleeful 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.
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If you've gotten this far, you know what a kick the Bone series is. Strong, stylish and effective graphics (think Alex Toth) merges with writing that mixes grand epic fantasy with strong character work and riotous slapstick humor. What you need to know is that volume six carries more than its weight in the saga-- a whole raft of mysteries are cleared up here including yet more info about the royal family, the hooded bad guy, and the search for the one who bears the star. It's a masterpiece of plotting-- nothing is expected and yet Smith doesn't pull any of his solutions out of left field. Buy this (and any of the others you're missing), plunk down in a comfy chair, and read straight through all six!
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When I read ROCK JAW and DRAGONSLAYER, I thought nothing could compare.

I was wrong.

This book seems to be the most severely underrated of the whole series. I found it thrilling and heart-wrenching (the whole part about Thorn hating and not trusting Gran'ma Ben)even though the comedy was not truly up to Jeff Smith's usual. I also found myself satisfied at the amount of information (the identity of the hooded one, what makes the baddies think that Phoney will get them, and why Phoney was so stingy and moneystruck.) I loved this book and I can't see why others didn't.
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My 9 year old loves this series. Written in a comic form, he devoured these books within a few weeks. I kept having to buy the next one and then we donated them to his teacher's library so his friends could read. Bones is a creature who lives with his cousins and goes on adventures with his cousins. He even read them out of sequence then went back and read in order again. Great books.
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We got Volumes 1-5 at a comic shop in Albuquerque, just to test the series. Very good series, with mixtures of epic fantasy and humor. In this volume, most of the characters head for Old Man's Cave, both as a refuge from the rat creatures and to learn the origins of the old kingdom and the Lord of the Locusts. Phoney is ultimately captured by the Hooded One, and the revelation of who this sinister character is disturbing. Things are getting more grim in the storytelling, but there's still some humor to spice things up, such as the revelation of the reason Phoney is supposed to be a threat to the forces of the Lord of the Locusts. Definitely take the adventure with these characters!
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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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i was excited to find this book for our school library. the kiddos really love reading these books. book was like new. price good. send in a timely manner. mailing packaging excellant. i would recomment this seller to family and friends. sorry this review took so long.,..
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I love the entire Bone series and this volume doesn't disappoint. The characters have a lot of heart and tenacity and it's a series both kids and adults can enjoy. I look forward to reading this to my little girl when she's old enough.
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