Bone, Vol. 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Publication Date: 2005 (originally 1991 and 1992)
The Short Version:
Three cousins wander into adventures after one of them is thrown out of their hometown and the other two go along with him.
Why I Read It:
Several people on Twitter mentioned that this series is a must read for fans of comics and graphic novels so I gave it a try.
From the publisher:
After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone – are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying, creatures.
Eventually, the cousins are reunited at a farmstead run by tough Gran’ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter, Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them and their adventures are only just beginning!
Oh this was just delightful. It’s a quick read from the juvenile section of the library and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume.
While all three of the Bone cousins are part of the story, it’s mostly told through the events that happen to Fone Bone. The artwork reminded me somewhat of the Walt Kelly Pogo series.
Phoney Bone is the greedy one who was kicked out of town for his devious ways. Smiley and Fone decided to keep him company but when they get lost and separated Fone ends up by himself in a strange valley. He meets a variety of creatures and people. My favorites are Ted the bug and a big red dragon with an incredibly expressive face. Later he meets a beautiful girl named Thorn. Her grandma is a hoot!
The writing in this is fun and witty and the story complex enough for adults to enjoy even though it’s shelved in the juvenile section of the library. The art in the Scholastic edition is wonderfully colored versions of the original black and white drawings.
It’s just a whole lot of fun!