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Bone, Vol. 4: The Dragonslayer (Bone #4; issues 21-28)

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The forces of evil are growing stronger - but could our heroes' worst enemy be Phoney Bone himself?

Fone Bone confronts a host of dangers in Book 4 of the BONE saga, The Dragonslayer. He and Gran'ma Ben and Thorn have a terrifying encounter with Kingdok, ruler of the rat creatures. The Hooded One is inciting his army to full-scale war. Someone is continuing to haunt Thorn i
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Graphix (first published 1997)
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This series just keeps getting better and better. And also darker, which I really like. Can't wait to read next one.
Still going strong with the Bone at my house. G is nightly all, "Maybe we should do our weading now?" and who am I to tell him no? We are very interested to see who's under that hood. He has also assembled a Lego Bone set. It has a Thorn, those two rat creatures who fight about quiche, and the hooded guy, but strangely, no Bones.
Sve bolje i bolje. Akcija se sprema i prica krece u pun napad.
The saga of the people of the valley, the monsters of the mountains, the dragons, and the Bones continues. I was both delighted and repulsed by Phoney Bone's charlatan efforts and the villagers willingness to believe his lies. I suppose their naiveté isn't hard to understand when we look at our own world - our own politics. My favorite line in this volume is when Fone Bone confronts Phoney Bone about his lying and Phoney Bone explains that the villagers like being victims, "People like to be vic ...more
The fourth in it's series, written by Jeff Smith, is a story of three brothers who go through a great ordeal of adventures as they try to survive in the valley. The main characters in this graphic novel are Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone, Thorn, The Hooded One, and Fone Bone. The setting takes place in the valley, and The perspective swaps from the Bone brothers and thorn to the Hooded One and the lord of the locusts. Basically in this novel, Phoney Bone comes up with another scheme to hoard the few ...more
This book is a graphic novel written by Jeff Smith that’s about three cousins who get lost from their home and keep getting into trouble. The three bones are at a town and need money to get back home to Boneville. The book starts out with Phoney Bone making a bet that he can sell more beer than his boss. If he wins the bet than Phoney can leave the town not owing his boss any money. He makes up a lie that the dragons are evil and will kill all the town members, so Phoney calls himself “The Drago ...more
‘The Dragonslayer’ is the 184-paged fourth book in Jeff Smith’s gripping graphic novel series ‘Bone’. Having previously read the first three books in the series nearly two years, I was a bit apprehensive to start again fearing I wouldn’t love the series as much as I did before. I decided to take a chance and read it anyway and I loved it! In this volume, the story truly begins to evolve. The ever-growing plot thickens as the rat-creatures evacuate the valley, secretly planning to attack the vall ...more
Bone Volume 4 The Dragonslayer 5 Stars, Buy it

Comixology purchased, re-read

Amazing, just amazing. Even if I’ve read them before. It’s a great series for young and old. The art work is amazing, the writing is awesome, everything is perfect about this series. Highly recommend for everyone. I honestly can’t remember how the series ends, but I would totally love for Fone Bone and Thorn to end up together.

In the first issue in this volume, grandma is getting the feeling that something bad is going to
Joseph R.
The Bone saga continues with another get-rich-quick scheme by Phoney Bone. He's made a bet with Lucius, the owner of Barrelhaven's tavern, that he can sell more beer than Lucius. Phoney does this by claiming to be a dragonslayer who will save the town from dragon attacks. His plan works a little too well and he turns into the conniving dictator of Barrelhaven. The only flaw in his plan is that he'll eventually have to kill a dragon, even though they are really friendly protectors and not sworn e ...more
My main motivation in picking up this book is to belatedly celebrate Banned Books Week since this series is frequently challenged. I figured I'd try something in a genre I don't generally gravitate toward. It didn't do anything to pique my interest but at least i am a little more familiar now when someone asks about it. Perhaps starting with volume 4 was not the best choice but these books don't stay on the shelves long in my library so I grabbed the earliest volume I could find. I will say the ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the fourth book in the Bone series by Jeff Smith. We all read it independently and I'm so glad that our girls like the story. The story is fun, exciting, and full of drama and intrigue. We are all hooked!

My husband enjoyed collecting comic books when we were a lot younger and when I would accompany him on his trips to the comic book store, I would often pick up an issue of Bone. I thought the story was very engaging and dramatic and I loved the little guy.

Now that our girls are older and
Harold Ogle
Whoops! I see now, going to write this review, that I skipped book 3 and went straight to this, book 4 of the "Bone" series. Interestingly, "Bone" is a bit like a beloved sitcom TV show in that I didn't miss skipping an entire volume at all. It's like nothing happened in book 3...

Book 4 is about Phoney Bone's swindling the townsfolk into believing that dragons are a danger, and so they exalt him and pay his exorbitant fees to "protect" them from the non-existent threat. Meanwhile, Thorn begins t
I really liked this book because it is very funny and scary . My favorite character was smiley because he is very funny and always is very nice to people.
Angel Alaguna
i love this book and it is awesome because they try to make up stuff but then get caught and people don't like them anymore
Bone the Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith (170 pages) is part of a series of fictional comic books, telling the story of a family of bones living in an era where dragons and rat monsters exist. Fone bone is a funny, dramatic, grey bone. He is unpredictable, and always seems to be in trouble. He, his best friend thorn, and her grandmother Ben go on an adventure to prepare Thorn into becoming a powerful princess warrior. Fone bone's family and the rest of the village seem to think that dragons are their ...more
Orlando Godinez
This is one of the best books of the world.The genre of the book is adventure.I think this is one of the best books of the world.Spoiler alert Grandma Ben was hit by the masters leader.

The setting of the book is at barrel haven.Phony bone set a trap and captured the dragon.Phony Bone was about to kill the dragon until Thorn came out and told them that the dragon was good but the rat creatures were bad.The villagers did not believe her until the rat creatures showed up and told them it was war.H
2.5 stars.
When Phoney and his schemes become more important to the plot, i find myself shaking my head and rolling my eyes. It will take a lot of change for me to believe he's a character to cheer for and i think that's exactly what Smith has in mind.

I'm torn by the introduction of Bartleby: yes, he's cute, but please give him the gift of speech soon so that he can achieve his potential.

Thorn's turning is little more than a promise so far, an opinion that remains strong after reading vol 5!
Jul 26, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Graphic novel fans
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Brent Wilson
I got back to Bone today; this time I read Volume 4. It does not disappoint. I really love this series. Fone Bone is wonderful and his devotion to Thorn makes me smile. However, I must agree with Smiley Bone that Moby Dick is a great tonic for sleeplessness. Sorry about that, Fone.

I read this volume in the original black and white. Previously, I had only read the newer color versions. You are right, Brent, black and white is far superior. It really conveys the slightly ominous tone that is devel
Kristian Dusaj

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What is happening to the Mexicans is terrible. They are being abused and mistreated. One of the Mexicans said that they feel as if they are being treated like dogs. When I was watching that film I got aggregated when I saw that lady Margaret. The way she spoke made me think what if I was one of the Mexicans or the “Aliens” as everyone called them. If I was a Mexican I would feel very bad and I would want to slap the protestors. They took the protesting to
The Dragonslayer is about three bone creatures who are trying to go back to Boneville. Meanwhile Phoncible Bone is trying to win a bet against a tavern owner, Lucius to win the Tavern. The person with the most customers win. Phoncible Bone makes up a lie that he is going to slay dragons in the nearby town, for more customers. While all this is happening Phone Bone falls in love with Thorn, a girl who he staying with him and his brothers. Smiley Bone is also one of the brothers, who helps Phonci ...more
Noemi claudine
This is the fourth Bone in the series. This is continued from the third bone, Eyes Of The Storm. Phoney and Smiley bone are still lying about that they are dragonslayers at Luscious Tavern. Fone bone, Thorn, and Grandma Ben are in the forest battling rat creatures. Will Thorn, Foney Bone, and grandma escape the forest alive? Will Phoney and Smiley win the bet?....
I can relate to this book, Text to self. Phoney bone is in the middle of the forest lost. He got separated from thorn and Grandma Ben
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

This volume was fabulous! Maybe part of my sheer enjoyment was due to the little break I took between books 1-3 and this one. (I'm trying not to rush through them "too" fast) But while the break may have refreshed my zeal for these characters, this was still a top-notch story. Things turn quite dark in this volume as we finally meet the bad guy and see him surrounded by his minions. He wears a costume that hides his actual identity and it makes me wonder wh
Bone 4 the dragonslayer continues from the the 3hird book. Because of a bet that Smily and fone bone made with Lucas on if Phony and smilly could run the tavern better than Lucass did. LUcas had split the tavern in two and gave one half to phony and smilly. If they lost the bet they would be in debt for life. Desperatly trying to avoid a lifetime of slavery Phoony bone tells everyone who enterns the tavern that Dragons want to invade the town and that hes a dragon slayer. Ublelivibly the townsp ...more
[ Trilogy II : Solstice Vol. IV ]
Copyright 2005 by Jeff Smith
Map of The Valley by Mark Crilley
Copyright Indonesian edition 2007 by Pioner Jaya
Alih Bahasa : Ricky Sidharta
Tata Letak : Marina N. Sumardi & Asep Suparman
Editor : Sofian G. Sumardi
Cetakan I : September 2007 ; 176 hlm ; ISBN 979-542-223-5
Rate : 4 of 5

Dalam kisah sebelumnya telah diungkap rahasia masa lalu Thorn serta tragedi mengerikan yang menyebabkan kemati
Edwin M
The Dragonslayer from Jeff Smith was a good book to read. I have always been fascinated by comic books and this book looks similar to a comic book. I have read Eyes of the Storm which was the previews book of The Dragonslayer. I liked it and was curious to read the next one but i didn't have it. This books stop and continue on a different volume and i wanted to keep on reading it.
well in this book Luscious and Phoney Bone made a bet to see who would sell the most beers. In order to win Phoney
Timeless is every way, "Bone" is an expansive story about three "bone creatures" (you'd have to see them to understand) that find themselves in a valley peopled with an assortment of crazy and interesting characters. Looming over it all is the menace of a great evil, first glimpsed by the ferocious (and funny) rat creatures, but later revealed to be something much more disturbing.
"The Dragonslayer," the fourth in the nine-volume "Bone" series, ramps up the tension and dramatically increases the
Joop Bollen
I thought it was a good book and if your not a good reader and you like comic books then I would recomened this book. Its about when Fone Bones,Thorn, and, Grandma Ben just left thier farm in the middle of the Dark forest. They try to make it to a village in the valley. Wle they do that Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone and Mr. Down are having a contest to see who can sell the most beers. Phoney Bones is telling them that he is a dragon slayer and he will protect them but he just wants their valubals ...more
Bone, The Dragonslayer is a graphic novel (168 pages) written by Jeff Smith. This book is the forth book of the classic series Bone. The series revolves around three cartoon characters: Fone Bone, Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone. They are white Bone cousins that have big noses. Their adventure begins after they get chased out of their hometown, Boneville, and somehow end up in a mysterious valley, where they meet Thorn, a young girl, and her grandmother, Grandma Ben. The longer they stay in the vall ...more

Originally reviewed here.

Why I Read It: The third volume really kicked it up a notch, so I'm now willing to stick it out for the long-run. No spoilers ahead.

Volume three elevated the series from "not bad" to "pretty frikken good" for me, so I was really hoping that this fourth volume would continue to pick up steam. Thankfully, my wishes were answered. :) The third volume had its light moments, but it definitely darkened the series -- this volume takes it even further and glums things up even mo
2 Colin B
Like the last book, I really liked it. It was extremely good. I like how in the Bone series there is always a cliffhanger at the end. This is one of the big reasons that I continue to read the series because I want to know what happens. At the beginning of the series, Jeff Smith did a really good job with this because there was so much mystery in the books already. As you get further into the series, more is explained. When I think of the Bone series, I think of it separated into different parts ...more
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Born and raised in the American mid-west, Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV. In 1991, he launched a company called Cartoon Books to publish his comic book BONE, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from B
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Bone (10 books)
  • Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
  • Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race (Bone, #2)
  • Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm (Bone, #3)
  • Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border (Bone, #5)
  • Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave (Bone, #6)
  • Bone, Vol. 7: Ghost Circles (Bone, #7)
  • Bone, Vol. 8: Treasure Hunters (Bone, #8)
  • Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns (Bone #9)
  • Rose (Bone, #0)
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“Smiley Bone: You can't feel safe unless there's something to be safe against!

Phoney Bone: Exactly! People like to be victims! There's a certain unassailable moral superiority about it...”
“Our bellies are empty and our patience is short...submit to us and we will make of you a great quiche!'
'Again with the QUICHE?! What kind of self-respecting monster would eat a DAINTY PASTRY DISH?! STEW is what we will make of their bones!'
'Don't get greedy on me! There's three of them! I just want the little one for my quiche!'
'It was nothing to do with greed! It's a matter of principle! MONSTERS DO NOT EAT QUICHE!”
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