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

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  47,273 ratings  ·  1,271 reviews
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, 138 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published July 1993)
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Patrick

This comic shook up the comic industry something fierce when it came out.

From what I understand, it was one of the first big comics to not use any narration boxes or thought bubbles at all. The story was entirely what you saw people doing, and what you heard them saying.

Needless to say, this is a *huge* change from the 60's style of superhero comic where people were constantly flying around and thinking stupid things to themselves like, "It's a good thing I can use my freeze breath to stop thi
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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
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Mario
Ohmygosh!

Well that was fun! I'll definitely be continuing on with the series.
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
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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
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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
Steve
This brought back memories! I used to read this as a weekly comic strip in the Ohio State University newspaper in the early 80s. Of course, back then, it was a black and white strip. The coloring is an improvement.

The story is outstanding, and I'll be diving right into the next volume: Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race. :D
Joca
Três primos saem de Boneville mas perdem-se uns dos outros no meio do deserto. O Fone Bone (que acaba por ser o protagonista) consegue encontrar um local que parece perfeito mas depois vai descobrir que por lá residem criaturas fantásticas e estranhas, como dragões e monstros.

Esta foi uma leitura super leve, divertida e que aconselho para todas as idades. Acredito que ao longo da série vão nos ser dadas respostas às perguntas que surgem no primeiro volume, mas no geral este tem já um começo, mei
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Daniel
Predivan strip. Malo fantazije, malo zmajeva i puno maste. U svakom slucaju predivan pocetak cele price.
Melissa
I'm reading this to Gray, so like a responsible mother I read ahead to try to gauge whether there's anything in this that he'd find troubling. So far so good! My kid has been a super graphic novel freak (but no he may not read Ex Machina no matter how hard he pleads his case) since he saw the cover of Saga Vol 1 and called it Monster and Love Had a Baby, so I'll call that so far so good as well.
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.
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
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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
Sam
Interesting, and surprisingly complex. I've never read the Bone books, but at this point, they're classics, so I thought I'd give them a try. The overall shape of the narrative isn't yet clear in this volume, but it's certainly got me hooked!
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
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Kaethe
I had to pick up some things that had come it to the library, and drop off some things that were due. Natasha didn't want to pull herself away from Star Trek, but she asked me to pick up a stack of Marvel for her reading pleasure. So, then, an hour later, there we are on either end of the sofa den with cats strewn about and graphic novels carefully stacked in her chosen reading order (I got them when she finished). These are some of the most pleasing moments of my life, and why I'm looking forwa ...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
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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.
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
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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
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?
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Pete
If you haven't heard of Bone...I assure you that despite the title, it's nothing dirty or inappropriate. This is a fun little opening volume in a long story line. I read the version that is in color. Originally this series was published in black and white back in the 90's. I haven't seen a black and white copy but can't imagine it without color. The colors are vivid and and don't feel out of place. This is a classic series that is dense with dialog. I was a little worried that my son would get b ...more
Gaven Murray
Bone By Jeff Smith the bone cousins get kicked out of Bonneville because phony creates a scam and rigs the election for mayor as the travel for the next two weeks angry villagers chase them around until the find a valley and meet the Ben's a family that gives the shelter and food but phony doesn't like this idea so he crates another scam to rig the cow race the biggest event in the valley but did he take it too far. phony smiley and fone are the bone cousins Rosie and thorn are the Ben's and lus ...more
Marisa
Despite being one of the comics that really influence modern comics, this is one that I had never heard of before giving this tribute edition a read. “Bones” is a quality adventure comic with unusual characters and something new at every turn.

Even with reading a full book (6 issues) of the comic in one sitting, I barely felt like I was starting to understand what all was going on in the story. I would anticipate this being a comic best read in a binge. All in all, this is a comic that I would c
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Nikki Stafford
I've been meaning to read this series for some time now, and when my daughter read the first volume and loved it (and this is a child who doesn't love fantasy books), I borrowed her copy to read. It's a delightful story that's full of suspense and intrigue, but also an old-fashioned sense of humour, with one character who chomps cigars the entire time while exuding a jolly attitude; another a once-wealthy jerk who keeps coming up with horrible schemes that gets him and his cousins thrown out of ...more
Missy
The Basics

Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone just got kicked out of Boneville. Wandering in the desert with nowhere to turn, they get separated, yet each finds their way into the fertile valley full of talking animals and fantastical creatures. And it’s looking more and more like they’re on the path to adventure, whether they’re ready or not.

My Thoughts

Have you ever been shocked by how much you enjoyed something? Like it just seemed as if it shouldn’t be your thing. But Jeff Smith’s Bone se
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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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