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Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian (Fangbone)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  338 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Eastwood Elementary has a new student, and he's nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world! And he's been charged with the task of keeping a deadly weapon from Skullbania's vilest villain, Venomous Drool. Can Fangbone's new classmates team up to help him triumph over hound-snakes, lava-ferrets, and his first pop quiz?
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Feb 14, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Michael Rex has made a career of sorts out of spoofing classic children’s books of yore. As such, Goodnight Moon becomes Goodnight Goon, Runaway Bunny is Runaway Mummy and Curious George is the stellar Furious George Goes Bananas. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but parody ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Now Mr. Rex switches gears a little. You can go on spoofing picture books until the cows come home but why limit yourself? If you’re going to rework a classic go big or go home. Go f ...more
Todd Nemet
Nov 24, 2012 Todd Nemet rated it it was amazing
My 9-year-old son insisted that I would love this book, and he was right.

Very funny book about a child from the warrior race of another dimension who winds up on Earth at an elementary school. In his home dimension, he is belittled for being to young. ("You have not even one hair on your back.") But he is sent to Earth on a dangerous mission and told to blend in.

Some of the humor can't possibly be aimed at kids, like the fact that Fangbone is clearly in a class for special kids. When it is revea
Erin Reilly-Sanders
While I don't think that I'm quite the intended audience for this book, I found it rather funny despite/because of? the kind of gross and slapsticky humor. It was a rather fun, fast read with essentially a decent message in the background. The art is interesting because essentially, everyone in the book is rather ugly. It seems that more and more graphic novels are using this type of style, an interesting contrast to the comics and manga that often seem to over-idealize the characters. Despite t ...more
Jul 16, 2015 zalatawabooks rated it it was ok

One of my little cousin's books, because I am slightly bored and I wanted a quick read- specifically a comic book. It was ridiculous and I guess it would be appealing to little boys in third grade.
Jan 08, 2014 Ayush rated it really liked it
Fangbone third grade barbarian is a compact book consisting hilarious jokes and funny action. In this book Fangbone ( AKA:Bonesword )needs to protect the big toe from Skullbantia's arch nemesis,Venomous drool.To do this he travels to the normal world. when he gets there he meets a third grade boy called," Bill." Will Fangbone and bill be able to protect the big toe from drool or will skullbantia be dooomed.
Pop Bop
Feb 11, 2015 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"This Is Sorcery!! ...Nope. It's Plumbing"

You know, I get underpants and farts and psycho butts and boogers. I love the disgusting loopiness and poetry of Mr. Gum, and am drawn to the great relationship between Wiley and his Grampa, even as they fight off zombies with snot bombs. But I've never before read a book that trades in those sorts of antics and yet also includes heart and true friendship and even touches of the heroic.

Young Fangbone has been thrust into our world, tasked with safeguard
Tammi Peterman
1. This is the story of a very small barbarian who is ridiculed by the other barbarians for his size and yet he shows that even though he is small he protect the sacred toe from the villain, Venemous Drool. The plot is easy to follow as the layout and formation of the text bubbles are very straightforward and easy to follow. The graphics illustrate the emotion and experiences of the characters very well. Students will be drawn to the simple yet action packed images as well as the comic elements ...more
Positive/Caution: Though not inherently offensive, there is little content to recommend in this graphic novel. I understand that there are themes of "Everyone has their own talents/everyone deserves a chance to test themselves". However, the conflicts aren't presented in a way that shows that the characters have real worth based on their own merits, just that there are a lot of weird kids in Fangbone's homeroom. The gross-out humor will have little trouble attracting an audience with 2-4th grade ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Deshnaa rated it it was amazing
There was a bay named Fangbone who lived in Skullbania. He had to come to a new place, in a elementary protect a bi
Rene Kirkpatrick
Aug 24, 2011 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it
I think this is going to be a great new graphica addition for boys, especially those in 2nd and 3rd grade. A 9 year-old barbarian goes through a wormhole from his ancient home to modern day and ends up in the 3rd grade at Eastwood Elementary. Funny, funny, funny interactions between a boy in fur underwear and kids who really have a hard time surviving dodge ball.
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
Young warrior wannabe Fangbone is charged with protecting the big toe of Drool and sent hurtling through space time to find himself in a grade three special needs class. Hilarity ensues.

I was drawn to this book because of the hilarious title, and I didn't realise that it was a graphic novel. That's okay though, because I quite like a good comic. I found this to be a fun and fast-paced comedy-adventure story for the middle grade set. Boys, in particular will enjoy Fangbone's a
Emma Hoyer
This is a book that was totally written for boys. Fangbone and Bill are engaging characters with their own unique attributes. While Bill is hyperactive and cunning, Fangbone has raw strength and a diversity factor (considering he’s from a different dimension/world). The two are a great team, and this book is very charming. There are lessons embedded in the story, but they aren’t preachy. I could see any young boy loving this book and wanting to read others in the series (I don’t know if the book ...more
Loved it. Just what I needed - laughs upon laughs.
Fangbone is transported though a time portal to escape his pursuers in his world who are attacking his tribe. He alone needs to protect the last remaining piece of the Evil one so that the Evil cannot be conjured. His entrance into our world places him in a third grade classroom with an assortment of kids who don't seem to fit in. He is oblivious to his impact on his classmates until their battle with a monster sent thought the portal. A great
Sarah W
Feb 09, 2012 Sarah W rated it really liked it
Fangbone is too small to be taken seriously by his fellow barbarians. Mocked and belittled, nevertheless it is Fangbone who is given an important role as battle threatens his home as everyone else insists they are needed for their combat prowess. The young barbarian is given the big toe of Drool and sent far away to keep the toe from falling back into Drool's hands. It is the last piece Drool needs back to become an even more powerful enemy.

Fangbone finds himself on Earth. He spies a large build
May 21, 2012 LJ added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
For all of you out there who loved the Captain Underpants series, this one is for you. Fangbone is a viking style warrior from a land of battles and primative living. He gets transported to modern day, charged with a mission to "blend in" while he is protecting the toe of Drool. (More about Drool later). He immediately becomes part of a class of 3rd grade misfits and has to quickly get up to speed. There's plenty of potty/booger humor, and cool action sequences as Fangbone and his new buddy Bill ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Five hundred winters ago, the greatest evil that ever lived ruled over Skullbania. Venomous Drool was his name. He built an army that swept through the lands and almost wiped out the clans.

Many battles were fought, and many great warriors died to keep his evil from spreading. Finally, Drool was defeated, and cut into many small pieces. The pieces were separated and taken to different lands so that Venomous Drool could never rule again.

But since my birth, a new army of Drool worshipers has been m
Ms. Yingling
May 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
In order to keep the toe of the evil Drool safe from his followers, young Fangbone is transported from his medieval, Vikingesque world into modern times, where he is befriended by Bill and the other students in class 3G at Eastwood Elementary. At first, they think Fangbone is a bit strange, but soon even the principal is donning fur boots. Invaders from his world keep seeping in to try to harm Fangbone, but with the help of his classmates, he keeps them at bay. His classmates want Fangbone to he ...more
Miltona 3rd
Mar 27, 2014 Miltona 3rd rated it it was amazing
I recently read Fangbone Third Grade Barbarian. At the start it takes place in the past then Fangbone gets transported to our time. I think people that like knights or dungeons and dragons would like this book. Fangbone and Bill fight a lot of monsters in the book it's pretty cool. The author is Michael Rex. I never read one of his books until now and they're good books trust me you should read Fangbone Third Grade Barbarian.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

The first graphic novel in a series, the story centers around Fangbone, a young barbarian who offers to defend Skullbania (his homeland) from the evildoer, Venomous Drool. To defend his homeland, he must travel through time and through magical forces he is transported to Eastside Elementary school, where he is put to the unexpected task of learning in a classroom setting. Fear not... Skullbania will not be defeated while Fangbone is around to protect it, but then again, Fangbone is stuck in clas

Sep 18, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, graphic
Just read this out loud with my third-grade son who is home sick from school. He had already read it but wanted me to read it. It's a fun combination of silliness, action, and real-life school stuff. My son said, "I think it teaches you a lesson that no matter what people tease you about, you're still as powerful as the people around you." The big toe is pretty gross.
Feb 09, 2016 Toastkat rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not going to lie, I picked this up because I am a huge DnD nerd (NG C LFG). And it was exactly what I imagined it to be. Michael Rex tells a simple story. It's not trying to be epic, there's no winding sub-plots or half-a-dozen characters to keep track of on your living room wall. It's a young barbarian child from an underdeveloped world trying to figure out the weirdness of our world and 3rd grade. It's funny, charming, and gosh darned it, I'm really wanting to see a live-action Nickelodeon or ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Boys and girls in my after school book club literally could not stop talking about their favorite lines in this book. All I had to do was sit back and let them talk, calling on the next person as they finished.
Sure this is sometimes gross out humor ( picking noses, picking spider eggs out of underarm hair) but sometimes subtle as well.
The kids picked up on all of it; most read the book in one sitting,not wanting to put it down. They understood when the nose digging kid said, "it's my culture"
Jan 31, 2016 Mamatufy rated it liked it
Fangbone is transported to modern times through a wormhole to protect a very important deadly weapon. While in the new time, Fangbone learns to fit in & has many monsters attack him & his new friend, Bill. Ridiculous but will appeal to my reluctant readers & graphic novel fiends.
Patrice Sartor
3.5 stars.

Fangbone is a young barbarian boy who strives to participate in the same battles as the adult warriors of his clan. They mock him and laugh at him, though is hopes aren't dashed. He volunteers to protect an evil toe, and finds himself in present day Earth, and soon after, in a third grade classroom. Here Fangbone battles monsters from his lands as he tries to assemble his army, all the while passively influencing his classmates to emulate his barbarian ways.

The flow of the frames and s
Jesse Baldwin
I chose this book because I think at first, every new student feels out of place and different than every one else. This book can teach classmates how to come together and accept all students.
Jan 09, 2013 Julee rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, humor
Fangbone is too small to be taken seriously as a warrior to his clan. When faced with the inevitable destruction of his clan, Fangbone accepts the task of protecting the "big toe" of Drool by leaping through a portal through space and time opened up for him by a sorcerer. His leap takes him to Eastwood Elementary School where he must learn to blend in with other third graders.

Fangbone has just the right amount of action combined with the necessary gross factor to appeal to the school age set wh
Nov 14, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the first book in the Fangbone series featuring a time-traveling eight-year-old barbarian. The narrative is humorous - in a snarky, deadpan way - and will certainly appeal to the target audience (as well as many adults), but the hilarious illustrations are the highlight of the story.

We all read this book independently, and it's a fun, fast read. We are all looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Egg of Misery.
Anastasia Tuckness
This one has passed the read-aloud test with all of our nephews, proving that it passed Alex's test too since he was willing to read it again. It is quite an interesting premise!

Alex and my favorite part is when the kids point out to the teacher that they should all be allowed to wear caveman clothes and believe that the sun is the eye of an ancient god. Their rationale? We respect all cultures religions and beliefs equally! Nice way to show that sometimes our modern values conflict with each ot
Apr 28, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I love this graphic novel. So much humor, especially as the kids in our world begin to copy the habits and mannerisms of their new classmate, Fangbone :)
May 04, 2014 AnnieM rated it liked it
It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. It was ok. I don't think I'm really the target market either.

I liked the illustrations. The story wasn't bad and I'm curious to give the next one in the series a try.
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