Bone Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
Series: #2 in the Bone series
Publication Date: 2005 (originally 1991 and 1992)
From the publisher:
In The Great Cow Race, volume 2 of this 9-book epic, Fone Bone and his cousins plan to return home after visiting the village of Barrelhaven with Thorn and Gran’ma Ben. But Phoney risks everything on one last get-rich-quick scheme for the town’s annual Great Cow Race.
As usual, Phoney’s plans go disastrously awry, and Boneville seems further away than ever. Meanwhile, ominous signs indicate that a war is brewing, and Fone finds himself helping his friends defend their valley from a formidable enemy.
I loved the first volume of this series and the second is just as much fun if not more. I’m plotting how I can get The Hubster to read it.
The series is written for kids but has plenty of appeal for adults. The art reminds me a bit of Walt Kelly’s Pogo comics. The characters are a hoot. The Bone cousins make me laugh. Phoney is always up to no good, Fone is head over heels in love with Thorn. Thorn’s Grandma Ben is my favorite character. She’s got some secrets and is full of surprises.
It’s a great combination of lightness and humor but there are also some darker elements. What ARE the rat creatures up to?? And will they stop for quiche first?
If you haven’t tried this series you should. I think that once I finish the volumes from the library I’ll end up buying either the series or the compiled one volume edition.