Rose: A Bone Prequel by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess
Scholastic, New York, 2009
This is a prequel to the Bone saga and my introduction to Jeff’ Smith’s series. Princess Rose and Princess Briar are in training to control their “dreaming”. Through an accident an evil dragon has entering their valley and is harming its inhabitants. Who can fight this monster and who controls it?
This is a fun read for middle grade readers. Smith’s story is dramatic, with a light touch of romance, and Vess uses his skills in an Art Nouveau style that is beautifully colored. Due to the size and format of the panels Vess uses clarity and restraint I had not seen in his work before, and uses it to great effect. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to readers new to graphic novels. Now I have to read all of Bone!
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