Bone: Out From Boneville

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Bone: Out From Boneville
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You’ve probably already seen at least one recommendation, if not many more, for Bone. It’s an all-ages fantasy romp that truly lives up to the description: there’s something here for everyone and all generations.

The first book, Out From Boneville, introduces our cast and throws them right into action. The Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney, and Smiley, are hiding out in the desert after the townspeople chased greedy, money-grubbing Phoney away. Locusts attack, and the cousins get separated, so now they must reunite.

There’s humor and adventure and danger and monsters. The cousins run away a lot, as all good heroes do when confronted with something bigger than they are. The Bones are on the smallish side, too, so most everything fits in that category, especially dragons and Stupid Stupid Rat Creatures. Kids will relate. Older people will understand the bickering between some of the characters, as when the rats let dinner get away because they’re having a spat.

Jeff Smith’s cartooning is excellent, and the creativity radiates off the page. At times, reading this book is almost like watching a cartoon, it’s so fluid and animated and full of movement. When Fone gets found and adopted by Thorn, it’s adorable to watch the hearts radiating off his head. That simple symbol says so much about his feelings.

There’s plenty of cuteness (caring for baby possums!) but enough tart to keep the taste from curdling. It’s astounding that Phoney hasn’t been killed yet, but how unlikeable he is is a tribute to Smith’s character creation. Much happens, but you’ll still finish this book ready for more, and thankfully, there’s lots out there.

Jeff Smith’s website is called Boneville. (A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the publisher.)


10 Responses to “Bone: Out From Boneville”

  1. Comics in the Classroom » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] choices include some familiar books, those often mentioned when this topic comes up — Bone, Amelia Rules, Clan Apis, Age of Bronze — but they’re common choices because [...]

  2. bone lovr Says:

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  3. Print or Online, Your Choice: Duel, Rook City, Hereville » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] describes his series as a quirky fantasy adventure comic for fans of Bone or Courtney Crumrin — I’d add Amy Unbounded to that list as well. I reviewed the CBZ [...]

  4. phone bone Says:

    hello i love your comics and I hope you invent more adventures that bone and his friends depart on and if you are making a movie i’ll be the first to see it. ;^)

  5. Tokyopop Bribes Readers to Influence Award Voting » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] it’s to make more publishers happy?). Based on the nominations, someone really liked reading Bone. Winners are announced on March 17 on the website. [...]

  6. More Jeff Smith Bone Coming With New Writer » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] the current publisher of Jeff Smith’s Bone fantasy graphic novels for all ages, has just announced new titles featuring the characters. While [...]

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    [...] the art. The surprise ending captures the blend of whimsy and practicality found in Smith’s Bone series, while the starring mouse is simply [...]

  8. Modern Masters: Jeff Smith » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] goes on to talk about how many kids know and love Bone, Smith’s signature work, and how popular it is. (Another piece of evidence, not covered in [...]

  9. Ed’s Saturday At Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai. I have to confess I only know the two men by name. I’ve not read any Bone or Usagi Yojimbo. I will be rectifying that oversight. It was obvious they had known each other for [...]

  10. Scholastic Celebrates 10 Years of Graphix With Bone Tribute Edition » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] to publish graphic novels for kids and teens. To celebrate, they have announced a new edition of Bone: Out From Boneville, the first volume in the immensely popular fantasy series by Jeff Smith. That book launched the […]

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