Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bone: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith

Book Jacket

The forces of evil are growing stronger.  But could our heroes' worst enemy be Phoney Bone himself?


Ooo, this was a good one!  Lots of background mythology and lots of action.  Thorn's hidden past, and how she deals with the consequences of her real identity was really good--she doesn't immediately jump into the role of hero, but when it counts, she is there for her friends.  Gran'ma Ben is still overwhelmingly awesome even though she was absent for a large part of the book.

There's so much depth to this series.  The good guys aren't always good.  And the villains have hierarchy after hierarchy!  The rat monsters serve the hooded guy who serves the locust horde, which I assume will be dealt with more in the future.  And they are not naturally evil--who knew a baby rat monster would be so completely adorable?

Smith's artwork is consistently fantastic.  He does cartoons and realistic characters with equal skill.  I'm kind of really jealous.

Five out of five dreams?

Release Date:  August 2006
Reading Level: Grade 4+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  GRAPHIC SMI

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