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The hit comic book mini-series Rose now comes to you in a single handsome package with a brand-new cover! Released over a yearlong period to rave reviews (and an Eisner nomination for best painter), the Bone prequel by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess can now be read as it was originally intended - as one massive epic.
In the old days, when BONE'S Gran'ma Ben was a teenager, a

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by GRAPHIX (first published January 1st 2002)
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Charlene It's better to read the Bone series before you start on Rose - while this book focuses on the origin story of Rose and Briar Harvestar, Bone gives a…moreIt's better to read the Bone series before you start on Rose - while this book focuses on the origin story of Rose and Briar Harvestar, Bone gives a better explanation of the major events that happen as the story unravels - including a dreaming religion - that tie into the story you're about to read. (less)
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Visually and tonally very different from the original story. But well worth your time if you enjoyed bone.

This has more of a faerie tale feel to it than the original series, both in the art, and in the meat of the story itself. And because of that, I might have actually enjoyed it more than Bone.

That said, I wouldn't advise reading it alone. It works best as a prequel read *after* you've finished the original series.

Jeff Smith first began Bone in 1991, and it's clear he still loves it, despite ending the series in 2004. He hasn't lost any steam over the ensuing years (he continues to do some of his best work in his ongoing, not-for-children series Rasl), and he is still visiting the world he created in Bone. Other books are in the works, but he's just recently released Rose, along with Charles Vess, who handled the painting.

Rose is a prequel to Bone, taking place years earlier and starring Gran'ma Ben as th
Terry Marzell
Smith, Jeff. Illustrations by Charles Vess. Bone: Rose. New York: Scholastic. 2009. Target Audience: Ages 11 and up. Reading Level: 3.1. For my first foray into the world of graphic novels, I selected one of the Bone series which, although the reading level is elementary, I have observed are very popular with high school students. The plot involves a rivalry between two sister-princesses, the saving of the world, and metaphysical talents that could be used for good or evil purposes. The storylin ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: A prequel to the series, but the last book published in the series.

This was a really hard book to give a rating to. The story is written by Jeff Smith and the cover illustration is by him as well but once one opens up the book all familiarity is gone. The illustrations are by Charles Vess, who has a completely different style than Smith, and the font used is actually a little hard to read. I loved the story but did not like, at all, the illustrations, even though Vess won an
Rose/ Jeff Smith/Fantasy/

This book is a prequel to Bone series. This book incorporates the world of fantasy including magnificent and unrealistic elements such as dragons and princess. Also, the illustrations of the book were beautiful and fascinating. The story is about the princesses called Rose and Baiar who are sisters. However, Rose is more adored by people than Bair and she also can see through her "dream eye" which is a special skill set. Always being shaded by Rose, Baiar dedicates her s
This was a prequel to the Bone series by Jeff Smith. It was a decent book; I loved the illustrations by Charles Vess. The story was good too it just doesn't tell much beyond what the reader already knows after reading the Bone series

This tells the story of Rose, Briar, and Lucius in their younger years. It shows how the Lord of Locusts began gaining power and how Briar betrayed her kingdom.

Although it was odd to have a switch of illustrator, Vess did a very nice job with illustration. The charac
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Harold Ogle
An interesting mythology informing a classic/pedestrian plot, Rose is a stand-alone comic about two princesses. One, Rose, is beloved, outspoken, carefree and can talk to animals. The other, Brier (sic), is respected, reserved, correct and resentful. The book really telegraphs the sibling rivalry as the story of how the Lord of Locusts manipulates everyone to its own evil ends unfolds. The mythology (good and bad dragons, a religion of dreamer-priests, what are effectively superpowers, et cetera ...more
Travis Mcclain
I checked this out from the library a week ago and just now took the time to read it. I prefer Jeff Smith's artwork for the "Bone" world, but Charles Vess's looks alright. It's chock full of spoilers, so I wouldn't advise new readers to start here--even though chronologically it precedes the series proper. And there's the rub; having already seen what happens and why, I wasn't as wowed by seeing the beginning of Smith's epic as I might otherwise have been.

It's akin to why fans who grew up with t
This book is basically book 6.5 and I really loved how it was actually more twisty then most of the books. You learn a lot, and some of the images are creepy and awesome. It wasn't as intense as the usually Bone books this far in the series, but the action scenes were tremendously drawn. In this book, Jeff Smith decides to switch to a sketchy form of animation. it was cool for the first couple of pages, but after that I was begging for it to return to normal. Some parts in this book can also be ...more
Crocodile Smile
I was really excited to read Rose, but the book disappointed me on all accounts.

The artwork. At first, I thought I could deal with the artwork. It's not bad or anything, just different to what I'm used to from the Bone books. As I got further in the novel, however, I liked it less and less. It's jarring to see Rose, Lucius, and the rat creatures look so different. I wish that it was also illustrated by Jeff Smith.

I had a rough time with the plot. I was pleased to see that Rose was kick-ass, and
Corey Lindstrom
A bit of a disappointment. Really, ROSE's biggest problem is it's relation to BONE. On one hand, if it weren't the prequel to BONE, I probably never would have bothered to pick it up in the first place. But because it is the prequel to BONE, it'll never escape the comparisons that will inevitably follow. Starting with the artwork, Charles Vess' art isn't bad, it's just that after nine volumes of Jeff Smith's beautiful characters and hard lines, the art here is too soft and muted and feels jarrin ...more
Martina Frammartino
La trama è molto bella, anche se in qualche punto avrei voluto che fosse stata sviluppata un po’ di più. Però bisogna tenere presente che quel che noi leggiamo in forma di volume è nato come una sequenza di fascicoli, e Smith aveva bisogno di mantenere nel numero di pagine a sua disposizione un frammento di storia abbastanza significativo e compiuto in sé perché i lettori acquistassero anche il numero successivo, altrimenti la sua fonte di reddito avrebbe finito col prosciugarsi. E così ecco che ...more
Joseph R.
Bone: Rose is a prequel to the Bone series. It tells the story of two sisters, Briar and Rose, who are princesses and have a prophetic gift. They have a "dreaming eye" that lets them see the future, but not exactly. The younger sister Rose has a dream where she sees a baby dragon calling out for help while trapped in a river. Later on she runs into a full-grown dragon trapped in a river. The older sister has shown no signs of a dreaming eye. The queenship may pass to her younger sister if she do ...more
Douglas Cootey
This prequel to the Bone series was epic in scope, full of archetypal myths and the foundation for the battle to come. Although Princess Rose was well loved, she was not a perfect character. Her pride and naïveté were to be the near downfall of her kingdom. Normally, I am an enormous fan of Charles Vess' art, and certainly there were wonderful landscapes and magical touches here and there, but the faces were a disappointment. Their features seemed to swim from panel to panel and felt deformed at ...more
it was a good book. the main thing is "rose has two dogs and she go's to see her mother and father with the dogs and brair her sister".
Very nice prequel to Bone, and there aren't any spoilers about future events. Oddly enough, hubby liked Rose but wasn't into Bone, while I liked Bone better than Rose.

Rose has a different art style than Bone (less cartoony, more Prince Valiant), which emphasizes the historical/legend-ish nature of the story. The characters, while flawed, are a bit more dignified, suiting the tragic nature of this book. The only bit of whimsy is the chatter of the dogs, but the dogs' thoughts also flesh out the
Robert Hudder
This is the Bone prequel. I read it while lying in bed with my eldest. He was on the ereader with Huckleberry Finn and I was finishing the Bone series. Only Tall Tales, the handbook and the novels to go. I really enjoyed this series.

It was complex but easy to follow. It gave the kids thrills and kept me reading. I always wonder at books labelled kids or young adult as I figure that any well written book is good for all ages. If only there was a better way to tell what themes books had so that y
This book was about rose, and she was the air to the crown, rose got all the love and everyone liked her but that was not the case for her sister briar she was a loner and gave her soul to the locust king and had powers, and used to help her win the heart of her sisters love captain down.
This book can be connected to cinderella because no one really liked her at first just like briar but cinderella wasn't like briar because people started to like her but briar got people to dislike her because
Sarita Rucker
A friend loaned me the graphic novel "Rose" by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess. I made the mistake of picking it up at bedtime, and I didn't put it down until I'd finished it. It is a great read, and (fortunately for me) also a quick read. I finished it in about an hour.

It might be said that this book is about dreams. It starts out with a story about how in the beginning all was a dream, and that the first dragon, Mim, kept everything in balance. Then one day a bad spirit, a nightmare really, known
Oct 08, 2008 Bruce rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bone enthusiasts
This is an acceptable prequel tale of sibling rivalry and warrior-princess vs. crazy dragon, but the characterizations are at times a bit uneven and not clearly consistent with the essential Bone story (Rose, in particular, comes off as much less with it than she is in her Granny persona, in which her out-to-lunchness is more of a pose), and the dialog is more stilted and on-the-nose, to wit: "You were letting your mind wander again, Rose. You must learn to focus...." "Why are you always picking ...more
Smith,Jeff.(2009). Bone Rose. New York:Scholastic.(136pp)

Have you ever wanted to control yours and others dreams and things you dream of actually come to life well thats what Bone Rose is about. I personally loved this book thats why I gave it four stars the action and hatred between two sisters cant get any bigger. Jeff Smith did a great job in this terrific book.

The main characters in Bone Rose is Rose Silverstar and Briar Silverstar and both of them are sisters and princesses of Agathia. Th

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Why I Read It: I read and ended up really enjoying Smith's Bone series earlier this spring/summer so I knew I had to read the prequel at some point. Spoiler-free review ahead.

A prequel Bone comic with Gran'ma Ben (though she's a strapping young lass here and nowhere near a grandmother) as the main character? HELL YES!! I was quite excited to read this, especially since the original comic series doesn't touch on the past with Rose and Briar all that much. You know i
Mar 15, 2012 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cartoon and Comics fans
Whether or not you're in to Bone, this is a pretty creative story and is an enjoyable read. However, the fact that Jeff Smith did not also illustrate this book was a bit off-putting. Mr. Voss's style is not only very different from Mr. Smith's, but in my opinion, it's also not very good. Perhaps I'm hyper-critical of comic art because I'm a freelance cartoonist, but I thought much of the art--especially of the people--look hurried; Rose, for example, looked different in almost every panel. In so ...more
Now I probably should say here that I read this before Bone because it was a prequel, so I am thankful to it to For introducing me to a fantastic series (this is a late reveiw but I digress) that is funny & adventurous. As for the book itself, I liked Rose, the Red Dragon and the mythology quite quite well since I wasn't comparing it to Bone, I confess I like Bone a hell of lot more but Rose was nice nonetheless, A good strong female role who takes responsibility for her mistake & mature ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
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 are getting into reading graphic novels, I thought I would introduce them to this story and reread the tales. I can't even remember where I left off... This is the prequel to the Bone series, so I thought we'd s
If sequential art was a little more developed in the middle ages, it would look like this book. While Vess' style is nice, I sort of wish that Smith would have done the art. It would feel a bit more Bone-like to me. The dragons in Vess' style and color do look good, though.

Story wise, it's a short look into Gram'a Rose's past and to a precursor to events seen in Bone. I wouldn't call it a must-read, but if you liked Bone and want to know a little bit more then you should read it.

It's a perfect additional to the series, write-down by Jeff Smith combine with beautiful illustration and arts by Charles Vess, and it's in colour too ...
The story are sets-back in far more decade, before boneville even exist.
It's when the people of Atheia are living in happiness, by the command of King and Queen Atheia, who have two daughter Briar the good and smart one, and Rose who so wild and can't stand the rules or study they must face every day, she is much more free spirit, but loveable
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I can certainly see the appeal for kids with this series. It is high fantasy and the drawings are decent. The plot moves quickly and most people would be able to read it in an hour or so. Rose and her sister Briar are sent to some cave to complete training from a wise sage. They are accompanied by Rose's two dogs (whom she can communicate with because she has the "eye"????) and some guard-like guys. In the end, Briar turns against her sister, Rose, and joins forces with the evil dragon and locus ...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, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1) Bone Bone, Vol. 4: The Dragonslayer (Bone, #4) Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race (Bone, #2) Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns (Bone #9)

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