As many of you know, I'm in love with the Bone series of graphic novels by Jeff Smith. The original Bone books consist of nine novels (all reviewed here) that tell the story of the three Bone cousins and their epic adventure.
You may be familiar with the novels, but did you know that Smith published the Bone Handbook? The book is a must for any Bone fan. Smith starts out with the history of how he created the characters and became interested in comics and graphic novels. He even includes some his earliest Bone panels.
We are also treated to a new Bone tale ("The Kite"), which is told in three parts. Other chapters consist of an index of characters, interviews with Smith and colorist Steve Hamaker, a history of the valley, a glossary, and more. Adding to the fun are a couple of recipes: one for Smiley Bone's favorite sandwich and, of course, one for quiche (a Bone insider joke).
The Bone Handbook is a fun and informative look into the world of the Bone cousins. Not to be missed! Note, however, that I suggest you read the nine graphic novels before you read the handbook to avoid spoilers.
For a little bit more on the series, here is a short video interview with Jeff Smith:
Published by Scholastic / Graphix, 2010
Source: Bought (see review policy)
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