Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Review: Bone (the complete series)
Bone is a graphic novel series (9 books in all) by Jeff Smith. It is epic in scope, but I don't think you get a sense of just how epic until about halfway through the series. Therefore, I'm glad I grabbed the one-volume epic when I saw it, because to be honest, if I had these books separately, I don't think I would have had much motivation to continue past the second book. Luckily for me, though, I had all nine stories handily in one volume, so finishing the series was not difficult for me!
The story centers on three cousins- Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley- who were kicked out of their hometown, Boneville. They come to a valley that is both beautiful and fraught with danger. Strange rat-creatures try to capture them, seeming particularly interested in Phoney. Fone befriends a young lady named Thorn who lives on a farm with her Grandma Ben. But there is unease in the valley- rumors of sleeping dragons, a large tiger and locusts abound, in addition to the rat-creatures.
And, of course, there is Moby Dick.
But there is more to Fone Bone than his Pillsbury Doughboy nature. He is also loyal, kind and literary. The perfect man, really! And his cousins and friends are pretty great, too.