Bone Vol. 1 Out from Boneville

By Jeff Smith

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, full color, $10.99

Category: Children's Literature

Dewey: 741.5 SMI or FIC SMI

Subjects: Comics and comic books, etc.; Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0-43970-640-7

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

A whimsical journey, cunningly told. It combines fable with American legend in a tale of greed, friendship, and struggle. The story follows three cousins who have been thrown out of their town for cheating the citizens. Shortly thereafter, they are separated. Each Bone stumbles into a mysterious valley full of odd creatures that reveal strange happenings. The story is well paced with smooth transitions. It is dark, witty, mysterious, and exciting. The full-color art reflects that of classic comic books; one glance at the comic cels and one is reminded of old Disney and "Peanuts" cartoons. However, the animation and fresh story line put Smith in a league of his own.-Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA