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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.