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Many children and their families have discovered the epic fantasy story Bone, and fallen in love. Full of humor and heart, the series by Jeff Smith follows three cartoonish cousins: irascible scoundrel Phoney Bone, guileless goof Smiley Bone, and our hero, the introspective Fone Bone. They lead us to a valley kingdom filled with new friends, scary “rat creatures,” a mysterious dragon, and the promise of new wonders and dangers. Elementary-age children will love the expressive cartooning and find their imagination sparked for years to come as they enjoy the rich fantasy world!
Haven’t read it? Where to start?
Already smitten? What to read next?
Relax. Austin Books is prepared to take the journey with you.
You have two options for reading the main series.
THE COMPLETE BONE
In one volume, over 1200 pages, the entire saga unfolds in black and white (as it was originally published).
BONE in nine volumes, beginning with Out From Boneville.
Scholastic has produced the books in full color, in a form where each chapter is more portable for young readers.
STUPID, STUPID RAT TAILS by Jeff Smith, Tom Sniegoski, and Stan Sakai
This spin-off prequel tells a tall, tall tale of “Big Jonson” Bone, the Pecos Bill of the Bone cousins’ homeland, as he keeps the valley safe from those nefarious rat creatures.
BONE: CODA by Jeff Smith
For the 25th Anniversary of the classic series’ beginning, its creator presents a light-hearted continuing adventure of the cousins and their adorable (?!) pet rat creature Bartleby. This volume also includes all of The Bone Companion, a prose history of Smith’s creative process and the long-standing literary success that came of it.
Also by Jeff Smith:
Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil
From DC Comics, thrill to a graphic novel featuring the superhero who is only a magic word away! Captain Marvel gains his powers in a new telling of his origin, and defies the plans of Dr. Sivana and other wicked foes.
Other Authors and Series You May Enjoy:
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
7 books so far. Beautifully painted vistas of otherworldly magic and science greet fans in every volume of this ongoing quest. Young Em Hayes leads her family and fantastic new friends through the world of Alledia, pitting her wits and magical medallion against the terrible Elf King.
Varmints by Andy Hirsch
1 book. The Old West gets wild and wily for orphan Opie and her little brother Ned! They’ll stop at nothing to hunt down the criminal mastermind of the frontier, the man who took their Ma!
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
1 book so far. Friendship and cultural respect win the day in the first volume of an ongoing fantasy series, about a general’s son and a street urchin who stand up for each other and the border city they share.
Phobe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
5 books. Who wouldn’t want a unicorn for a best friend? 9-year-old Phoebe continues the fun from the popular web comic and newspaper strip in all-new adventures.
Asterix, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, and continued by Jean-Yves Ferri
36 books. This classic French-Belgian series chronicles the adventures of a mighty Gaul as he repels attacks from the Roman Empire and learns more about ancient pre-Europe.
Avatar: The Last Airbender, continuing the Nickelodeon Animated Series
5 Trilogies: The Promise, The Search, The Rift, Smoke and Shadow, North and South.
Crafted by a talented creative team, these graphic novels feature scripts by (Library of Congress Ambassador to Young People’s Literature) Gene Luen Yang (Secret Coders, Boxers and Saints, American Born Chinese).