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Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone #1; issues 1-6)

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After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures...

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever le

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published July 1993)
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Ryan Chapman
I read Bone way back in the early 90s when it was serialized in comic book form, before these gorgeous collections by Scholastic. I recently revisited these and found them to have aged incredibly well. Like the best narratives for young audiences, the adventures of the three cousins Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone resonate with adults as well. The only other analogue that comes to mind is some of the work by Pixar. Jeff Smith has created a timeless series that I hope to read to my childr...more
Joe S
Dec 08, 2007 Joe S rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: especially dull eight-year-olds
Shelves: graphic-novels
People I love think this is a friggin masterpiece, and I love them less for it now.

I picked up the first volume of Bone because I'd heard it had such amazing comic timing, a great storyline and relatively solid artwork. No one mentioned that the dialogue reads as though it were written by a fifth grader, the humor is predictable and the story is so threadbare and uninteresting I began making up my own story for the panels. And to say that the artwork is well done is like saying the dreamcatcher...more
Amanda
Out from Boneville is the first installment in the Bone series featuring Phoney Bone, Fone Bone, and Smiley Bone. When the three cousins are run out of Boneville because of Phoney Bone's latest scheme, they get lost and separated in the desert. Fone Bone (our hero) finds a secret valley where he encounters weird weather, strange friends (a cow racing grandmother and a tiny green bug), frightening foes (homicidal rat creatures), and a strangely protective dragon that no one else can see.

I really...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Fone Bone's wealthy and arrogant cousin, Phoney Bone, has been run out of Boneville by the angry residents and Fone Bone agrees to help him, along with their other cousin, Smiley Bone. But they get lost in the desert and have used up all their water and tempers are running high. When a swarm of locusts sweeps through the valley they run for their lives - and suddenly Fone Bone is falling. Separated from the others and lost, he has only an old map that Smiley found that leads him through the moun...more
Ben
My 8 year old son received this entire series for Christmas and is flying through them. This one was very entertaining. Art work is great, too. I guess I have to read them all now to see if Phone, Smiley, and Phoney ever get back to Boneville.
Seth Hahne
Bone by Jeff Smith
[Bad morning.]

I wasn't sure I'd ever review Jeff Smith's Bone. After all, is there much that can be said that hasn't already been said? Bone's so long been part of the canon of comics literature (such as one exists) that reviewing it at this point is like reviewing Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns or Maus. Or for the non-comics-literate, a bit like if someone penned a review today for Huckleberry Finn. I mean, what's the point, really?

Still, I tell myself, there are those who haven't read the...more
Kathy
OK, this graphic novel was really cute! Maybe others wouldn't define the Bone characters as cute but I found them endearing. I don't usually read graphic novels like this, however I have read all of the Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Zits, and Bucky the Cat. Bone, Out from Boneville, is the first volumes in the series. The main character, Fone Bone, hangs out with his two misfit cousins, Phoncible P. Bone and Smiley Bone. Phoncible is the Mayor of Boneville, but he is a bit shady. I...more
Sandy
I've tried numerous times to read this silly book, and it's never worked out. I've never made it more than a few pages before becoming bored and fed up with the line drawings.

Then I tried reading a version with colored illustrations. Oh boy. What a big difference that made! It became so much easier to tell Fone Bone apart from his cousins, and the backgrounds actually became interesting. The panels popped off of the page and pulled me in. I actually wanted to finish the book. And maybe even pick...more
Tamora Pierce
Bone and his two cousins are kicked out of Boneville, or rather, Fone Bone was kicked out for a picnic with bad prunes and a huge balloon that destroyed a local landmark, and the other two Bones are sharing his exile. The three are split up, and Bone finds his way to a forest realm, where he is menaced by big furry hungry things with red eyes, and where he is befriended by the lovely Thorn and her take-no-prisoners Granny. He's also protected by the enigmatic Big Red Dragon for reasons that are...more
Luke Burrage
Free comic!

At last: a free comic issue #1 that I really enjoyed and that had nothing in that I found annoying. It's just a really good comic for kids, but one that appealed to my sense of adventure and storytelling.

I've no idea why the main character in this issue is called Fone Bone... and I don't care! I already understand the world of this comic better than any of the underwear pervert comics I've read. And the art is great.
Kate
This first book of "Bone" sets up the looming darkness, which our hero Fone Bone will have to face. Smith does so in a way reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: a dark past, a smoldering evil, a little hero. I laughed out loud throughout the book. The humor reminded me of the wise-cracking, slap-stick, and well-timed humor of Nickolodeon's "Avatar" cartoon series. I was also impressed at how Smith made three almost identical-in-physical-appearance characters so distinct. Smith manages to...more
Rebecca
May 04, 2007 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: walt kelly/tintin/asterix fans
Bone didn't make it onto my radar until a coworker recommended it for my TinTin-obsessed eight-year-old cousin. realizing that I, too, am TinTin-obsessed, I decided to give it a shot.
And, wow. Bone has the adventure of TinTin and the impeccable comic timing and sensibility of Walt Kelly's Pogo; in short, it's the funniest, most exciting, smartest comic book you've never heard of.
Let me put it another way. Regardless of whether or not you read comic books at all, if you have a pulse and you can r...more
Michael
The illustrations were cute in this wacky comic, but the pacing and plot in this first book were almost nonexistent. It's all setup for the later series. Plus, just as I was starting to enjoy the fact that Phoncible was gone, he comes back again. That guy is so irritating! The love interest is a little strange, like they are trying to give the heterosexual male readers eye candy even though they don't even look like they are the same species. She wears a loose nightgown for the second half of th...more
Camilla
After being run out of Boneville, three cousins- Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley are separated and lost in a vast desert. One at a time they find their way through the valley however filled with major obstacles to override with dragons, a harsh snow climate, and rat creatures. Eventually the cousins are able to find each other due to Grandma Ben's farmstead. But little do they know that a dark strong force is conspiring against them and their adventures are just the beginning. Fone Bone is th...more
Boo Langdon

This book is about a creature named Fone Bone. His cousin gets chased out of town and he tries to help him. They get separated when they are attacked by a swarm of locust. Fone Bone gets trapped in a valley and attacked by rat creatures. He find a young girl named thorn he then lives with her and her grandmother. While he is with them they get attacked by more rat creature. What will become of him, Will he find his cousin?
MissAnnThrope
21 June 2013

After so many years of hearing how great this series is, I finally picked up Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville to see what all the hullabaloo is all about. By now I surely should have learned my lesson about jumping on the bandwagon of what everyone else is loving, but I always have hope that I'll be surprised so I go against my gut. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but this didn't wow me as I had hoped it would.

The dialogue is elementary and often quite dull. I read a lot of...more
Nate
Bone is a graphic novel about three ‘bones’. Bones are fictional beings that interact with, talk like, and live like humans. The three bones, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, start off the book in a desert-like area where we find out that Phoney got kicked out from Boneville, their hometown.

All three Bones fall into a valley and get lost. Fone Bone, the main character, is lost all by himself. He is stuck in the wilderness alone. While Fone Bone is looking for his cousins, he finds a ta...more
Wonbo
Bone : Out from Boneville (Vol. 1), by: Jeff Smith. Genre: Fantasy, fiction, Adventure. Pages: 138

As the first book of the series, this book starts off with three cousins (Fone Bone, the smart protagonist, Phoney Bone, the grumpy, greedy & former richest man in town, Smiley Bone, the forever jolly and carefree lad) running away from town - Phoney had tried several plots to earn dirty money and attempt money laundering; thus, enraged the people of boneville, but his cousins were able to sneak...more
Brandon
Book title: Bone, Out from Boneville
Author: Jeff Smith
Genre: Graphic Novel, fiction
140 pages

Bone is a fictional graphic novel where 3 cousins, Fone bone, Smiley bone, and Phoney bone are run out of town after phoney tries to run for mayor. They are separated in the desert by a mysterious swarm of locusts and Fone bone is the character the book follows. Fone bone finds a strange valley where large gorilla-like creatures are wreaking havoc. Fone bone is told to find Thorn and rose, Who may be able...more
Rick Sand
Bone is a unique blend of comic strip humor and grand fantasy adventure. This first volume covers issue #1-6 of the comic book series.

Phoney Bone has been run out of Boneville for being a greedy horrible person. Cousins, Fone and Smiley Bone, help him escape the angry mob. Separated by a swarm of locusts, the Bones are lost in uncharted lands. Volume One focuses on their survival and the journey to their reunion.

Bone is full of classic fantasy elements: the wooded environments, small villages,...more
Louis Monem
I thought that this book was a great read. it wasn't hard to read, and the illustrations were great. This book is about 3 cousins Smiley Bone, Phoney bone, and Fone bone. These 3 cousins get kicked out of Boneville because Phoney bone gave everybody Bad Prunes. Phoney bone was running for mayor in Boneville, he gave all the people who came to his speech Prunes the people soon realized that the Prunes were bad. The three cousins go roaming around looking for Boneville but they are unable to find...more
Doughboy
Bone

Bone is a graphic novel about these living bones that got kicked out of their city. As they try to find their way back they all end up getting split up now since all of them are separated, none of them know how to get back home because they don’t function very well when they are separated. The book focuses on one of the characters through most of the story. He got trapped in a forest because when winter comes you can not leave the forest until it is gone. Bone was trapped in the woods until...more
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
I originally read this volume years ago, when I saw that it was on a million and a half Best Comics Ever lists.

I distinctly remember that at the time, I really didn't like it and in fact, was disappointed and surprised that it had made all of those lists! I didn't know what a bone creature was, their stupid names turned me off, and it weirded me out that a creature called Bone was in love with a human girl. (I have a real hang-up with what I consider stupid names. Due to this, it took me years...more
Michael Jardon
How would you feel if you were to leave your city and get lost it would be very wierd and got stuck with your annoying cousin and a friend . well thats what happend to bone when he left boneville and got lost and with his cousin and friend and meats the most beautiful girl and her grandma which is a cow runner. The genre of this book is action and adventure .

The setting is in a vellage deep in the forest were they meet this big rats that want to take over the city but the girl thorn and bone a...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Niños y adultos
Recommended to Federiken by: Sólo adultos.
A decir verdad, lo leí de la versión de bolsillo en tapa blanda y no de este hardcover grandote. Pero como poniendo el ISBN del que leí me mandaba a otro tomo, pensé en marcar este y después corrijo lo otro.

Yendo al tomo en sí, me encontré con una historia entretenida y tierna acompañada de un dibujo precioso, muy bonito y que suma muchísimo. Además, después de venir leyendo dos días seguidos a Garth Ennis y a Gustavo Sala, necesitaba un poco de inocencia para equilibrar un poco la balanza. Eso...more
Isaac Rodriguez
I personally like this book during my middle schools day, reading the whole Bone series. The first book it's a great start for it, the story is about 3 of the bone brothers(Not all really brothers)had been run out of their town to the middle of nowhere in the dessert. Their names are Fone, Phoney and Smiley Bone. But after a "duststorm" the Bones were separated from each other. It up to the Bones to find each other and see what happening and where to go next. The whole series is a humor(crude hu...more
Dylan Beirne-meyer
This book was about three misfits named Phoney Bone, Fone Bone, and Smiley Bone in another world who get chased out of their town, ending up trapped in "The Valley". In this new place they meet new people, explore new seasons like winter, and encounter various obstacles along the way while making many friends.

One reason why I enjoyed this book is because the author used predictable humor, which entertained the reader while also helping them focus on the plot. Another reason why I enjoyed this b...more
Laura
If this wasn't the biggest heap of nostalgia since rewatching "Aladdin," I would probably think "Bone" was too kiddie. I was only able to read a handful when they were published in Disney Adventure magazine (yep) and I still don't get why three cartoon dudes exist in a world of pre-industrial humans, and why no one really seems fazed by them. But I am all geared up for more Grandma Ben Vs Rat Creatures and Thorn's backstory and the dragon and did I mention Grandma Ben Vs Rat Creatures?
The Holy Terror
Quick thoughts:

This was alright, though after reading the Amulet series I know there's better middle grade graphic novels out there. There was surprisingly a lot of smoking in this too, which was weird. And Bone, the main character pictured on the cover, falls in love with a pretty human girl, which was also a little strange. Some of the humor fell flat but some of it made me chuckle. Bone's cousin, Phoney Bone, is a huge jerk though and I was glad when he wasn't in the story and disappointed wh...more
Courtney
Nov 05, 2009 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: upper elementary/ low middle
Bone is the title character of this comic book series turned graphic novel. Bone is a quirky character on a classic quest, but in bizarre situations. The artwork has great color range as well as diversity of style. There are all kinds of different creatures realistic, fanciful, oddball. It is like the bar scene in Star Wars. The myriad of creatures will keep readers intrigued. There is fast, random humor that reminds me of a Seinfeld episode because at first the different story lines seem random...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...more
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