Bone: The Series by Jeff Smith

Bone: The Series by Jeff Smith

Scholastic, New York, 2007-2009

Borrowed from the library.

For the past couple of years many older elementary students I know have told me “YOU HAVE TO READ BONE!”  I had no idea what they were talking about until I stumbled upon Rose: A Bone Prequel.

Bone is a wonder.  Full of characters with big noses, dragons, evil rat creatures, an undiscovered princess and a cranky old women, it is a series of stories filled with mystery, adventure and some terrifying battles.  Mostly it is about loyalty, friendship and following through on your promises.  There is now a master volume, some 1300 or so pages, but I found reading the books from Volume 1 to 9 to be just perfect.

I love Smith’s artwork, an interesting mix of detail and simplicity, the three comic Bone cousins running about in beautifully drawn and colored forest landscapes and village marketplaces.

There is a Boneville website and an school library controversy.   In Minnesota a parent attempted to have the series banned from all the elementary schools in their child’s district.  A review committee has heard both sides of the case and voted 10 to 1 against the ban.  To quote Melinda Martin, a media specialist from the school district:

“It’s important to understand selection from censorship,” she said. “I respect her right to object to the series, but not for her to censor it for the rest. I feel you would be doing a disservice to our district if you remove this book from our elementary schools.”

It is heartening to find a review committee with such sensibility!



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3 responses to “Bone: The Series by Jeff Smith

  1. My kids love this series. I’ve only read the first one. It was cute, but I’m not in any rush to read more.

  2. I’m happy to hear that the school decided not to ban the series from the district libraries. I was wondering what was going to happen. This is such a great series.

  3. I’m reading this now, too, in the MASSIVE compilation version. I’m through #7, I think, and am enjoying it a lot. I love Bartleby- he’s so cute :0)

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