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Bone: Tall Tales


4.38  ·  Rating details ·  11,543 ratings  ·  207 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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Graphix (first published 2010)
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Barbara McEwen
3.5 stars - It was enjoyable but I did think Big Johnson Bone got a bit tiresome after a while.
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tommy Hancock
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Some funny entertaiing stuff. Dfinitely more of a children's book than the rest of the Bone universe. ...more
Christy Broderick
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in the series 👍🏻
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was good
Jon Hewelt
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
ReRead 29 February 2020
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
Becky B
Smiley and Bartleby take the Bone Scouts camping and entertain the youngsters around the fire with some tall tales about a treasure hunt and the birth of Big Johnson Bone. One of the Bone Scouts then has dreams about the further adventures of Big Johnson Bone, how he lost an eating contest to a girl, survived a tornado ride, and freed a valley from the torments of the Rat Creatures.

There were moments when this was outright hilarious, and moments when I was rolling my eyes at Big Johnson Bone's b
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jose Ayala
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
it is a really good book has a lot of story in it if you love books that have a lot of stories this is your book.It tells about all of the books and how they meet and that one book tells all about the other books and I think that was cool.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Not anywhere close to the standard set by the main series run. Lots of juvenile fart jokes and a sequence that is a direct rip off of Pinocchio. Pass.
Madison Henson
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it when little boy who take Smiley's hat and put it on. He get some dreaming as vision. Until to awoke and it happened in his dreams when Smiley tells them stories. ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Smiley has agreed to take the Bone Scouts and Bartleby camping…but you can’t have camping without stories by the fire. With the Bone Scouts and Bartleby as his enchanted listeners, Smiley tells them the tales of the adventurer Big Johnson Bone and his venture into the Big Valley long before Smiley, Fone, and Phoney found it. Big Johnson Bone’s encountered changed the course of the Valley and altered the lives of Rat Creatures forever!

Bone: Tall Tales is a compilation book which contains part of
Joey Nardinelli
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I finished this probably a week ago before realizing I’d never go entered it. It’s a fun series of stories about Big Johnson Bone and the origins of the Jekk and some early interactions between the Bone ancestors and the creatures of the valley. Coda somewhere noted the significance of the American tall tale structure in these particular stories, which I find endearing for its mostly colorblind orientation (the bone characters, while definitively white, have they subjective quality of simple emo ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This fun collection of tales that feels like a Bone rendition of Davey Crockett, fills a in a few interesting points and details that add to the Bone world, but more importantly, serve as an enjoyable means of returning to said world.

These are mostly lighthearted tales, filled with over the top adventure and some life lessons. I would say this is probably the only Bone book I would consider reading to my five year old, the other books are a bit too scary.

If you haven't read Bone, you might still
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, this volume contains some mighty tall tales. These stories are only loosely related to the main series, but they were still a fun collection to read. Big Johnson Bone walks the land, wrestling tornadoes and rat creatures, and meeting fury friends along the way. Connecting the tall tales is our old pal Smiley Bone, who leads a troop of Bone scouts on a camping trip.

The stories were pretty humorous, though not always up to the same level as the original series (perhaps becau
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After Fone, Smiley, and Phoncible Bone AKA Phoney bone returned home from the lost valley filled with rat creatures and dragons, Smiley Bone had hosted a little bone scout with Bartleby, a rat creature. The 2 had 3 new scouts. they All toasted marshmallows and talked about the first bone to explore the wilderness: "Big" Johnson Bone. But one of the scouts, Todd did not believe a single story that Smiley says. Smiley says he gets his stories from the big hat that he is wearing as a symbol of the ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very good addition to the Bone series by Jeff Smith. I liked how it explains the story of the Jekk that was explained by Bartleby in book eight and how it was Big Johnson Bone. It was pretty cool because this was before Kingdok and there was an actual queen. It also showed how long the Rat Creatures ruled the valley before the series even took place. I look forward to start reading the new bone series!
Sarah J
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A re-packaging of several short stories Jeff Smith wrote in the Bone universe, the framing narrative is Smiley Bone taking a few kids on a camping trip. Several of the stories are written by Tom Sniegoski, but the trademark humor and slapstick antics combined with adventure and fantasy are authentic Bone. Its a fun visit back to Boneville with Smiley and Bartleby the rat cub turned assistant Scoutmaster.
Cole R
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful, it has good pacing and it explains a lot of the story you may have questions about. It is one of the smaller books in the series, but that’s also one of the good things about it in my opinion. The main story of the book is about this book is about Boneville’s founder, Johnson Bone, and the story of how he founded it. Altogether I think this is one of the Bone series really good books.
Jo-Ann Leake
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I found this book in our library in my condo building, and scooped it to read as I'm always on the hunt to share books with my grandsons. The "Bone" series is a classic, from what I've learned, and it was a fun read! All the requirements are met - scatological humour, heroes and villians, funny comics and fantastical plots based on classic memes like the Wild West. I'll read them all and send them off to the grandsons. ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend this book to anyone, any age. Big Johnson Bone saves the day many times over and always has a tall tale to tell. There is a cute dragon, a worrisome monkey, adorable forest animals and the evil rats, all trying to find their way in the valley. Wait til you see mama rat's baby boy! Yikes!! ...more
Ray Li
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bone by Jeff Smith
This story is about A man tell as two story the frist one is about two boy tried to find the treasure and they meet some danger,but at the end of the story they only find some rag the second story is about a baby was born in a family but he has a some super power and he save many people's
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
This was good. Just a bunch of tales that might have some connection to the main Bone story line. I'm still not sure putting Smiley in charge of children is a good idea. But better than introducing another character that is greedy selfish and only cares about others by accident. Oh well. Otherwise a good book. ...more
Yvonne Alf
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the prequel a lot. Mainly because of the last and longer story. The first couple of short-stories didn't do much for me, but the story about Big Johnson Bone and the rat creatures was really awesome and such a nice addition to the overall story arc of the Bones! ...more
Jason Pym
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I love the Bone books, but I enjoyed this even more. If you're having a hard time convincing someone to read the main books, give them this first.

Only one small thing... I thought the mini dragon was the big red dragon of the valley, turns out he wasn't which was a bit of a let down.
Nick Miller-Katenkamp
2.5 stars. Bone: Tall Tales is not without its charm, but it is also not a necessary addition to the series. While fans may enjoy, Rose was a more interesting and worthy addition to the series than Tall Tales.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
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May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-anytime
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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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