14 February 2011

Review: Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith

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:

Bone Handbook at Powell's
Bone Handbook at Book Depository
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Published by Scholastic / Graphix, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780545211420
YTD: 19
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+
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Julie P. 2/14/11, 6:41 AM  

I have heard so many wonderful things about these books. This sounds like a fun additional for fans of the series.

Sandy Nawrot 2/14/11, 11:51 AM  

I have yet to read a one of these books, but at the school library, the books are falling apart from all the love. I need to mention this book to our librarian.

Zibilee 2/14/11, 12:52 PM  

I have read so many good things about these books, and I remember Aarti and Nymeth really loving them. I do want to check one of them out at some point, so I am going to add the first to my list. Thanks for sharing this, Beth!

bermudaonion 2/14/11, 1:47 PM  

I need to look for that book! Maybe that sandwich would make a good weekend cooking post!

Sue Jackson 2/14/11, 6:51 PM  

We're fans of Bone here at our house, too! Excellent graphic novels and a lot of fun.


Anna 2/15/11, 11:15 AM  

This sounds perfect for my daughter!

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