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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...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX (first published 2010)
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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...more
Apr 14, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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.
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...more
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
Andrew 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
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.
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
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
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Taco Ruiz
Life is an adventure that can't be ruled by fear.

Stories are told of Big Bone Johnson who, to save vertiallty defensles animals, must face a compltete nation of rat creatures. Against unbelievable odds, with notthing more than a tiny dragon that can barely breath fire, a wise cracking monkey, a furiose turtle, a fox, and a foot long gutting to a 50 story rat creature and the nation. Big Bone sees no doubt of losing in his eyes (which are only about 2 1/2 feet of the ground). He shows how life c...more
Robert Hudder
A few stories that I guess lead into the novels. This is a standalone and is a good introduction to see if your kid will like the series.
Though not quite as charming as the epic "Bone", this collection of stories still showcases marvelous art and the sly sense of humor that characterizes its predecessor. The tales revolve primarily around Big Johnson Bone, a Pecos Bill take-off, as he adventures through frontier Boneville and into the Valley. For fans of Bone, there are several characters you may recognize, as well as some cheeky side-stories from the epic itself (including, of course, why the Rat Creatures have no tails).

If you're a fan of Jeff Smith's wonderful Bone series, you'll enjoy this return to that world with this collection of fun tales. The bulk of the book tells the story of the birth of folk hero Big Johnson Bone and his first adventure in th the Valley. Jeff Smith's art is as wonderful as ever and author Tom Sniegoski has captured the voice of the original series perfectly. A great introduction for new readers, and a welcome return for fans of the original series.
Not nearly as good as some of the other books in the series. I did not connect with the characters and the story falls flat almost all the way through. This book does provide some back story- It explains why the animals of the valley fight the rat creatures year after year, and why the rat creatures do not have tails. However, I felt that all of this new information could have simply been interspersed throughout the other books in the series.
Jennifer Parker
some stories told where good, but didn't care for them all.
This is a spin-off of the Bone series. Smiley and Bartleby take their Bone scouts out camping. While camping, they tell stories of Big Johnson Bone, the explorer.

This book was fun. I liked seeing Smiley and Bartleby again. I like the stories of Johnson Bone and now I know why Rat Creatures cut off their tails. I enjoyed the book, but I enjoyed the Bone series more. This one is still good though.
Isn't it kind of cliche to start a story by having a character say "Once Upon a Time" and then have the reader fall into a flash-back? Yeah, maybe. Who cares? It's Bone and it's always good to have these characters around. Cuddly woodland creatures, how the rat creatures lost their tales, and a Davy Crockett/Paul Bunyan-esque Johnson Bone equals a pretty damn fun comic.
Didn't even know this was out and came across it unexpectedly in Chapters. What a wonderful surprise to have some new Bone stories from Jeff Smith. Beautiful artwork as always, great humour and a seamless transition between authors. Stories didn't stand out to me as being clearly written by Smith or clearly written by Sniegoski. Really fun!
Mar 28, 2012 Mustang rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cl, dm, mb, jf, ck
i thought it was good because it was funny.HE fights these rat creatures.

I liked it.-dm

I like it because Big Johnson Bone fights Tyson and cuts off his tail.-JF

Big Johson Bone is so cool.Really funny!-cl

I loved them because I had read the other bone books and I wondered why they had their tails cut off and this tells why. -Ck
i think this book was very good. The bones brother gets kidnapped and goes on a long hard journey to save him.The bmain character was bone and he has to fight these giant rats to get to his brother.

I could not relate to any of the characters because the story is way to fake.
I loved it due to the adventure. I would reccomend it to a friend.
Brandon Steed
Ah, there's nothing like camping. This is the
story about Smiley Bone taking his three little
campers peanut butter pickle sandwiches or hotdogs
over the fire. Also, there are some stories about big Johnsen
Bone and all his adventures. People who enjoy a little bit of humor with adventure should check this book out.
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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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