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Tall Tales (Bone)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  6,907 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Ever wonder what happened before the Bone cousins got lost in the uncharted forest of the Valley? Or how Boneville came to be? This is the hilarious companion to the epic BONE saga!

Long before the Bone cousins were ever lost in the uncharted desert on the outskirts of the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River, founded Boneville. But little is k
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX (first published 2010)
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It was so good to be back, once more, in the Bones world. Really missed those fellas.

Great collection of short stories. Enjoyed them all, especially first one, 'cause it brought us back to the beginning. Only wish it was longer.
Tommy Hancock
Very solid. As funny as you'd expect of something from the Bone universe. Tall Tales is a collection of, well, tall tales, most of which take place before the main adventure and do not feature any of the cast you know and love if you read the series(minus the ones around the fire telling the tales). The stories are well done and entertaining and even give some insight into the main storyline. Sadly, though, this one didn't pack the same punch as the main series of books. I recommend it to other ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a panelist.

I have never read a Bone book in my life before this. I actually have reading the series as one of my goals for next year. Fortunately, Tall Tales is a collection of short stories that happen before the events of the Bone series making them entirely readable for someone who hasn't a clue about the series itself.

The book, which calls itself a "Companion" to the series is set in the here and now as Smiley an
Jon Hewelt
FINALLY done with Tall Tales. It wasn't a bad read, per se, but it felt . . . different from what I remembered of the original Bone, and not in a good way.

Whereas the original Bone series seemed transcendent of the Adult/Kid categories, this spin-off definitely felt like it was geared more towards kids. Which, I suppose, makes sense, as most libraries classify it as a Youth Graphic Novel.

But in doing so, I felt as if it lost some of the charm and flow that the original had. The morals come a li
Apr 14, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
Now that we've finished the Bone saga, we were thrilled to see more books featuring these humorous characters. This book depicts Smiley Bone and Bartleby taking a group of scouts camping.

The stories told around the campfire (and later, a dream by one of the scouts) comprise the short stories in this book. The stories are entertaining and help to explain some of the background of the original series (like why the hairy men (or stupid, stupid rat creatures) don't have tails).

The tales are very e
it was a good book. it had two story's in it. the main thing is smiley from the graphic novels has a camp in the woods and three little bones and smiley tells story's about a old famous bone.
Joseph R.
This volume is another supplemental set of stories from the world of Bone. Smiley Bone takes a troop of scouts (which inexplicably includes a rat creature but it's funny so go with it) camping and they tells stories around a campfire. These are the tall tales of the title. Most of them are stories about Big Johnson Bone, the bone who founded Boneville. One story is about Fone Bone and Phoney Bone seeking treasure rather than doing their laundry. All the stories are packed with humor and fun, mak ...more
Benito Jr.
I'm coming to this stellar collection rather late. I read Bone when it was coming out in comic book form -- I started a little late, but I was picking it up regularly in the early '90s -- and became a huge fan of the title, even tracking down a copy of Disney Adventures when one of the rat-tails stories made an appearance. When my daughter was born about a decade later, figures of the Bone cousins looked down on her crib from the bookshelf above. (Ok, maybe not literally -- like I'd have books r ...more
David Edmonds
As described, Bone: Tall Tales is a "sorta-new collection of Bone material." The "new" part comes in the first four chapters, where Smiley Bone and Bartleby are taking three young Bone Scouts out on a camping trip and they talk Smiley into telling them some stories, all of with end up being about Bog Johnson Bone, the founder of Boneville. In the first of the two stories concerning Big Johnson Bones younger days, we find out about his birth and what Old Man Winter had to say about that. The seco ...more
It's been a while since I read any Bone (read them Oct/Nov of last year, 2011 - so almost a year ago), but I'm finally getting around to reading the last things in the Bone series. This volume was good fun. I never really 'got' Bone - I enjoyed it but it always felt like characters from a weekly strip smashed in to a fantasy epic and it never really worked for me. Having since learned that Jeff Smith started drawing the Bone characters and writing stories when he was 9/10 years old, and that the ...more
After throwing myself into the wonderful complete collection of Bone graphic novels, I was eager for more of the story. Though aimed at a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed Bone as a 25 year old and thought the weaving narrative had mass appeal to any age. It never once clicked with me that I was reading a 'children's book.' Therefore, when I realized there were prequels floating around, I snatched up Tall Tales, hoping to get that same dose of action, humor and deep story that entranced me ...more
This is the prequel book to the Bone series. It was a fun addition to the series. Not as wonderful as the original story, but still fun to read and entertaining.

In this book Smiley Bone tells some younger Bones stories about Big Johnson Bone, the adventurous founder of Boneville. Big Johnson Bone is a bit outrageous and has a lot of crazy tales attributed to his name.

The artwork is consistent with previous Bone books; it's fun and matches the tone of the story well.

The book features little stori
Alex Telander
In this next Bone prequel after Rose, fans get to enjoy some entertaining tales set in the world of Bone before a new trilogy coming early next year, Quest for the Spark. While Tall Tales is no epic story like the Bone series, readers get to enjoy some fun stories told by Smiley to the bone scouts and Bartleby. First there’s the story of Phoney Bone and Fone Bone and how they had no plans of helping with the laundry, and after being led on a wild goose chase that almost gets them killed with a p ...more
Andy Shuping
Smiley Bone and Bartleby have led the bone scouts off into the woods for a night of camping. Smiley of course has chosen the best place in the world to set up camp (right near a huge pile of rocks) and packed the greatest dinner ever, peanut butter & pickle sandwiches. Yum. After the campsite is setup and a great big fire is lit, its time to tell some camp fire stories! First off is a story of Phone and Fone Bone and their search for a hidden treasure via a "treasure map" (when they're suppo ...more
Nathan Cunningham
Tall Tales certainly measures up to its title. I enjoyed the larger-than-life character of Big Johnson Bone, but I do think I would have gotten tired of him if the book had been much longer. This was a short, fun read, packed with the amount of humor I expected but didn't see from the main series after the first two books.
Sarah Umberger
I read this book because my students love the series. This is a series of graphic novels about a creature named Bone. I couldn't figure out what exactly Bone was. I had to ask my students who explained that he is a made up creature from a place called Boneland. In this book he tells tall tales about Big Bone Johnson and his adventures. I thought the book started off slow. I wasn't impressed at first, but the farther into the book I got, the more I wanted to continue reading it. The adventure sto ...more
Decided to reread this classic.

It was good. A combination of short stories and tall tales. I enjoyed the first story that used the original bone characters, although it was a little silly. The other stories were even sillier, but that was alright.
I was cleaning a room and picked up this graphic novel. This is the first Bone novel I have read from start to finish. I liked it a great deal. It is funny. The stories were very interesting, cute and above all funny. I liked the look of the book, very cute.
Fariha chowdhury
This book is about 3 little boys smiley and a monster they go camping and smiley is the captin so they have to follow what he wants them to do the 3 little boys ask smiley to tell stories so smiley tells them a bunch of amazing stories.
I think people should read this because it is very interesting and easy to read also it has a lot of suspense and adventures that make u wanna laugh.
Tall tales is about a creature from hidden Ville ad his cousins. The creatures grinds are a girl named Thorn and her grandma Ben. And they all live in the mountains and its a story told by one of the cousins.
This is the extra Bone book in the series. Smiley Bone and Bartlbey are in charge of a camp of "Bone Scouts". after making camp, Smiley tells tales of the founder of his hometown, Boneville. His name is "Johnson Bone". In one story, Johnson is born and faces "old man winter" (Johnson wins of course). In another, he goes up against all the rat creatures by cutting off the tails of their prince and queen. The queen, being humiiated to the highest point, decreed that all rat creatures had to have t ...more
The book, which calls itself a "Companion" to the series is set in the here and now as Smiley and Bartleby take the Bone Scouts camping. As they sit around the campfire, Smiley tells some rather Tall Tales about the early days. One involves Fone Bone and Phoney Bone in the days before Thorn was Queen and the rest are about Big Johnson Bone's early adventures. There are a total of four stories with a segue back at camp connecting them. The first three are indeed short stories, while the fourth on ...more
It is fun seeing a Bone as a fighter instead of an observer in battles. This is a fun addition to the Bone mythos. I enjoyed the quick read.
Jamie Maltman
This one was a lot of fun, especially the long last story. We liked it much better than Rose. Still not up to the best of the original series, but closer.
Baron L
Its holds legends of bone and if you are a bone fan this is a really good book to read if you want to learn their history
BONE: TALL TALES would've been an enticing return to the Bone world, with its unique prequel storyline and the stories it has to offer, had it not been arguably the most unfamiliar Bone book ever, putting rat creatures in unnecessary light and having awkward story-to-story transitions. The stories themselves are short, choppy, and are shallow enough to leave the biggest details of the stories still floating at the surface. If this were among the original nine Bone books, this would've easily out ...more
Lisa Overberg
This prequel to the "Bone" graphic novels, illustrated by Tom Sniegoski, explains in tall tale format the founding of Boneville by Big Johnson Bone. During a campout, the Bone scouts learn about his birth during a blizzard and his bravery in fighting off rat creatures. Readers who like fart jokes, eating contests, and similar antics will enjoy this book. However, better graphic novels with which to entice young, reluctant readers to read more are available.

Genre: Graphic novel, tall tales
Colby Sharp
Bone: Tall Tales is my first taste of the Bone series, and to be honest I don't know what to think. Bone was a pretty interesting character and the art is beautiful, but I struggled to get into the story. It may have been because this is a collection of tall tales and not the traditional graphic novel. At times I struggle to get hooked into graphic novel series. After reading my first Babymouse GN I wasn't sold, but since I have read more I have fallen in love with the series. Maybe, if I try an ...more
Ozo Grenier
This one has one of my favorite meals.
Maggie Huang
not bad but its not too interesting
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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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