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Format:
Title:
Tall tales
Other title(s):
Bone. Tall tales
ISBN:
9780545140959

9780545140966

9780606146852

9781451701289
Edition:
1st Scholastic ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Graphix, 2010.
Physical Description:
108 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
Some of the chapters were originally published in the comic book Stupid, Stupid Rat-tails.

Maps are on the end papers.

Includes a sneak peek at Quest for the Spark Book One a new trilogy written by Tom Sniegoski and illustrated by Jeff Smith.
Contents:
Smiley and the bone scouts / written and illustrated by Jeff Smith -- Powers that be / written and illustrated by Jeff Smith -- Baby Johnson Bone vs. old man winter / written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith -- Big Johnson Bone vs. the cobbler gobbler / written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith -- Lost tale of Big Johnson Bone / written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith.
Summary:
"Long before the Bone cousins were ever lost in the uncharted forest of the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River, founded Boneville. But little is known of the mighty explorer's adventures before he started his famous trading post. So when Smiley sits down with a group of young scouts to retell the legendary stories of Boneville's origins, what they hear are wild antics complete with Rat Creatures, Dragons, and a snarky little monkey!"--Page 4 of cover.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR 3.0 1.0 139397.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.0 1.0 139397.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 2.4 3 Quiz: 48789 Guided reading level: S.
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JUNIOR GRAPHIC SMITH
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JR SMI
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J GN FIC SMITH 2010
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TEEN GRAPHIC SMITH
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J GRAPHIC Smith, J.
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YA 741.5 SMITH
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Smith Bone
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Summary

Summary

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 known of the mighty explorer's adventures before he started his famous trading post.

So when Smiley Bone sits down with a group of young campers to retell the legendary stories of Boneville's origin and its tough, no-nonsense founder, what they hear are tall tales in typical Bone fashion - wild antics complete with rat creatures, dragons, and a snarky little monkey!


Author Notes

JEFF SMITH is the creator of the award-winning, bestselling Bone series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation.

TOM SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels, including The Fallen quartet, which was adapted into an ABC Family Channel miniseries. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This installment introduces Big Johnson Bone, the explorer who founded Boneville. A fearless Davey Crockett-like character, he defeats a cave bear when just a baby and grows up to best all manner of beasts, including a pack of ratlike creatures intent on taking over the forest. Big Johnson's recklessness in the face of danger results in much humor, as does the commentary of his terrified, sarcastic monkey companion. Smith's quick wit shines through in the exchanges between Johnson and his companions. The colorful art is jam-packed with action, and the characters are enhanced with exaggerated features and movements. The story moves quickly as Big Johnson falls into one predicament after another. This addition to the "Bone" saga will keep readers of the series happy and create new fans.-Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails (1999) and adds new material. On a Bone Scout camping trip, Smiley Bone spins campfire yarns to a crew of young scouts, telling them a short story about his infamous cousins and about the history of Big Johnson Bone, the founder of Boneville. In proper tall-tale fashion, Johnson Bone heroically battles Old Man Winter just minutes after being born. From there, he fights and defeats a monstrous tornado with only his bare hands and his simian companion. Following these adventures, the last and longest tale concentrates on Johnson and a menagerie of young forest creatures who must combat the rat creatures who intend to dine on them.Bone is loved for its creativity and ingenuity and for bringing the graphic-novel format into the libraries of many young readers; this volume keeps an easy pace with its predecessors. Lushly colored, brilliantly imagined--a must for every Bone fan. (Graphic fiction. 9 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Now that Scholastic has completed its colorization of the entire Bone series, including the prequel, Rose (2009), fans get this little collection of bite-size morsels to savor as they await with bated breath the first book in a new Bone trilogy due out this fall. A couple new stories lead into the centerpiece, which was first published as Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails by Smith's Cartoon Books in 1999. This yarn follows the legendary founder of Boneville, Big Johnson Bone, and his adventures in the Valley, where rat creatures are threatening the cuddly forest denizens. The stern-jawed, brawl-ready Big Johnson doesn't quite have the lasting personality of Fone, Phoney, or Smiley, but his hilariously offhanded heroics and nearly delusional coolheadedness in the face of danger ( This reminds me of the time I was nearly consumed by the voracious Hungrisaur! There I was, buck naked . . . he says as he is swallowed by an enormous rat creature) make for unswervingly entertaining reading. Pretty much an essential purchase for collections that house Bone, which should be all of them.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist