Bone Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
Format: Graphic Novel
Series: #3 in the Bone series
Publication Date: 2006 (originally 1996)
From the publisher:
Hair-raising escapes. Long-buried secrets.
The stakes for the Bone cousins are getting higher.
Life in the valley isn’t getting any easier for the Bones and their newfound friends. Lucius, Smiley, and Phoney are attacked by the rat creatures and barely make it back to Lucius’s tavern. Then it doesn’t take long before Phoney is back to his old tricks.
Back at the farm, Fone Bone and Thorn are troubled by strange dreams, and Gran’ma Ben’s reaction is stranger still: She reveals long-kept secrets and unexpected dangers. In fact, they may have to leave the farm forever.
This is just such a fun series. I almost want to finish it quickly so that I can read it over again from the beginning. I plan on buying the compiled one volume edition once I finish all 9 volumes.
The characters are such a fun mix of fantasy creatures. The Bone cousins look like something out of the Walt Kelly Pogo comic strips. The residents of Barrelhaven look like humans. The rat creatures are, well I’m not sure how to describe them other than rat creatures. The red dragon cracks me up.
The original black and white artwork has been redone in color for the Scholastic editions and the pages are vibrant and full of action, emotion and detail.
The series is written for kids but has plenty of appeal for adults. It light and funny but it’s also kind of dark and scary (for kids) in places.
If you haven’t tried this series you should. It’s just a whole lot of fun.