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Bone: Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails (Bone)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  644 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Reveals the story of Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River and the founder of Boneville.
Paperback, 101 pages
Published April 3rd 2000 by Cartoon Books (first published March 15th 2000)
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Oct 01, 2007 Sean rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I think this is probably the single greatest thing to come out of the Bone series. Absolutely hilarious from page one to the end. Highly recommended, especially for those who have always found tall tales a hoot.

Familiarity with the Bone series helps, but isn't required.
Moira Fogarty
I love Jeff Smith's work - his black and white art is exceptionally good. Fine, tapered lines, expressive faces, nicely scaled perspective, believable motion, and a perfect balance of flat black shadows and clean white backdrops. Never cluttered, never fussy. There's detail; fur on hats and carvings on rock, wispy bark texture on trees and ice crystals in snowflakes. But a face can be as simple as a long, wavering eyebrow over an ink-blot eye, and a one-line nose that curves into a mouth.

Jan 29, 2015 Monique rated it it was ok
This is my first introduction to Tom Sniegoski's writing, and I am pretty unimpressed. If I had to describe his style it would be predictable, cliched and obnoxious. Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai do a fine job illustrating, but its hard to bring such a distasteful and disappointing cast of characters to life.

The story at the end of the book, with Riblet, is particularly awful. I feel bad for the Rat Creatures and keep hoping that pig would just die. I have the feeling we are suppose to find his ant
Feb 03, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it
I love the Bone series and decided to read this little spin-off. But, upon reading it, I found out I had already read this story of Big Johnson Bone - It was in the Tall Tales book! The difference with that book is that Smiley and Bartleby appear. In that book Smiley and Bartleby are taking the Bone Scouts out camping, and while camping, Smiley decides to tell them about Big Johnson Bone.

The story was enjoyable to read again. I really liked reading it in Tall Tales as well.

This book also has ano
Nov 28, 2013 ☺Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Having loved Jeff Smith's Bone series (especially the oh, so funny fearsome Rat Creatures), I looked forward to an enjoyable evening reading Bone: Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails. I was not disappointed. The Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails portion of the comic, written by Tom Sniegoski and drawn by Jeff Smith, contains tall tales about the adventures of one of Bone's ancestors, the legendary Big Johnson Bone, Frontier Hero & the founder of Boneville (and also includes a fable about why the Rat Creatures fro ...more
Jeremy Blum
Feb 25, 2015 Jeremy Blum rated it it was ok
Jeff Smith's Bone was a graphic novel for kids that had writing confident and sophisticated enough for adults to appreciate. Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails is a spin-off for kids that lacks this quality, and it's pretty forgettable because of it. The main character is an ancestor of the Bones and goes on a tall tale-style adventure, fighting a bunch of Rat Creatures that are even stupider than the ones his descendants would face. He also stumbles upon the valley where Bone takes place and saves some wo ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
This was a fun little spin-off series dealing with one of Bone's ancestors, Big Johnson Bone. Set in the same valley that Bone finds years later, this story was written in the style of old folk legends, as the visiting hero helps rescue the local townspeople from an evil queen. And, along the way, we also learn the important moral of why Rat Creatures wear their tails short, rather than long.

If you've read the Bone series, you'll probably get a kick out of this, but if not, you probably won't re
May 22, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
This trip away from the main Bone storyline works really well: it's got an entertaining plot that uses the concept of tall tale really well, a great sense of humor (including some in-jokes for readers of Bone), and Smith's art looks as good as ever (plus, we get a story drawn by the masterful Stan Sakai, as well.) This volume isn't as weighty as Bone (either in terms of plot, or in terms of physical weight, since I read the one-volume edition of Bone), but it's a good read.
Sep 24, 2011 William rated it liked it
Some fun stories that are prequels to the Bone series by Jeff Smith. There are actually two stories in this book done by different writers and artists. The first story is fun and creative well the second is kind of immature and just fluff. It is a fun read and highly recommended for those who have already read the Bone series, not as good on its own.
Oct 08, 2008 Raven rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Stupid thing from this book is the second story...
the first story about Bone is amazing. I'd love to give it 5 stars. Big Johnson Bone is a big-mouthed and you cannot tell when he's lying, but his confident and skills were worth it.

About the second story? The main character, the little pig, is really,really annoying. It's the only time when I felt sorry for the rat creatures.
Cute and fun. I think I liked the story more because we saw the origins of the tailless rat creatures and the snowy forest. Otherwise, this volume wasn't all that spectacular. I especially didn't like the last story about the autistic pig (except for the two stupid rat creatures).
May 17, 2011 Justin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bone fans
A fun spin off of the Bone series. There's a greater focus on humor, which isn't a bad thing, but makes for a more shallow read. While I did enjoy it, I really wouldn't recommend Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails to anyone other than Bone fans.
Sep 17, 2009 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Falling off my seat, rolling on the floor laughing! I love Jeff Smith. His characters are just so unique and fun. If you love Smiley Bone, you will love Big Johnson Bone - the tall taleing explorer.

Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures!
I love the Bone story, and even though this story wasn't written by Jeff Smith, it's still got the fun and warmth that his series has. Plus we get some stories drawn by Stan Sakai....what more could you want?
Jun 27, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Aug 27, 2009 Doug rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this to Ryley. Probably four star fun. But if I read it by myself I think it would be three star fun.
Jul 07, 2012 Zanne rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Aug 12, 2012 Andre rated it liked it
A bone book of tall tales. A nice story that recaptures the essence of the series. Sadly, the 2nd story in the book was inferior and brought the experience down.
Hannah Givens
Aug 09, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it
This book contains the funniest panel I've ever seen, but I can't tell you about it or it won't be funny when you read it.

Not as good as the Bone saga proper, but a fine addition.
Dec 28, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Very funny and a great addition to the actual Bone series.
My review is too long to accommodate Goodreads standards:
Brendan Doan
Very cool. This was just very funny and was just great.
Angga Satriya
Aug 18, 2011 Angga Satriya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gambarnya keren, hidup dan ceritanya meski banyak tulisannya sangat enak dibaca ^_^
Jan 16, 2017 Kelly rated it liked it
Extremely silly and snarky; a very fun addition to the 'Bone' Mythology.
Jun 02, 2008 Husti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La primera historia tiene sus gracietas.

La segunda (dibujada por Stan Sakai)me puso tan de los nervios como el cerdito protagonista a sus compañeros. No sé si eso es bueno o es malo.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Bone (10 books)
  • Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
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  • Eyes of the Storm (Bone, #3)
  • The Dragonslayer (Bone, #4)
  • Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border (Bone, #5)
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