I wrote a while ago about the importance of including “fun books” in a child’s library. For strong readers, it helps keep their interest in reading when so many things begin to compete for their love.
When Scholastic asked me to take a look at the new Bone comic book series, I was definitely interested. They fall into this “fun book” category for booklovers, and can be enticing for reluctant readers, or those for whom reading can be frustrating. My daughter Amanda (who is almost 10) has enjoyed the graphic novels that are designed for younger readers as a break from her wordier novels.
But I was also a bit wary. Comic books and the more updated, thicker graphic novels are often aimed at much older readers (teens and adults), and so a cartoonish look can be deceptive. To me, they can just convey something of a more mature attitude, even if they aren’t meant to. For that reason, I had to look into the graphic novels Amanda wanted to read and verify, “Yes, they are fine. And fun. Go ahead and enjoy them.”
Unlike the pink and girly Babymouse and Babysitters Club graphix that she’s been enjoying, Bone looks more boyish (however, that didn’t stop her from reading the copy of Out from Boneville that I received for review and telling me that she wanted to read another in the series). There are eight volumes out so far (and they have all received fabulous reviews on amazon).
Bone is a sort of white amorphous creature (even others in the story don’t know what he is). He is kicked out of town for a business deal that went sour, gets separated from his cousins, and finds a lovely lady to help him try to get back to Boneville after being breathed on by a dragon.
Yeah, the plot is hard to describe. In fact, when I asked Amanda how she would describe it, she said, “It’s good. Funny.”
“But what happens?” I asked her, hoping for a good two-line summary.
“I don’t know. Nothing really.”
In spite of the lack of a plot that can be summed up in a sentence or two, this is a neat series. If your child likes to read the Sunday morning comics, he or she will enjoy this. It is written very much like a comic strip–short scenes, block type, shadowy drawings–it’s all there. Also like the Sunday comics, there is a bit of material that is not suitable for younger eyes (or goes right over their heads). That’s for you to decide. I would recommend it for ages 10 and up, because of some more mature content: an OMG or two, a character who smokes cigars, a bar setting, and a little romance.
Another compelling reason to hand this over (especially to your reluctant reader) is that Bone is a reader! He carries comic books around with him, but also discusses his love of Moby Dick with one of the characters. I think that this was an intentional insertion to try to encourage additional reading. I love that.
FIVE of you can try out this series yourself:
One grand prize winner will receive the first three books in the series, a 12 inch plush character and a Bone action figure.
Four runners up will receive volume one: Out from Boneville
Leave a comment here if you’d like to win. I’ll post the winners on August 27.
Great giveaway, thanks so much!
Wow, sounds like fun! My kidlets would love this.
Gary Osborn says
Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!
I would love to win this contest. I have a daughter that loves to read. She likes Calvin and Hobbs and Garfield. So I sure she would love to jump into this series.
My daughter would like this – she is very into comic books!
Terra Heck says
I’d like to win this for my two boys.
Kari Follett says
Im sure my two kids would love this!!
sarah b says
Looks like a great way to get the kids to read!
Meghan McFadden says
Boy is my son excited about this contest. He’s been reading Bone books like a fiend for the last couple of years.
Emily Yundt says
This looks cutesy-rama! Thank you for the chance to win!
Catherine copeland says
i am so excited about this book
I think my son would enjoy these.
amy b says
My little boy would love these
James Coyne says
I love comics
Thanks for the review of these graphic novels, and the opportunity for the contest.
As the mom of 10 and 14-year-olds — avid readers who also love this format — I agree with you that many titles are definitely geared toward the older teen/adults. I appreciate learning about a series wjich is more appropriate!
Alicia T says
Thanks for the contest.
Jacqueline Carpenter says
I want to read this series so bad,will be a real treat.
Hope I win.Thanks for a great contest.
Vickie Couturier says
my little grandson would love this,he is getting into comics an I think this would be something he would really enjoy,please add me,thanks
Jeffrey Bain says
Please, throw me a Bone!
ellen cunningham says
I would love to win this.
Andrea R says
My kids both love to read. My daughter reads chapter books & my son is graduating from easy readers.
We’d love to have this for our library.
judy brittle says
My grandkids would love this. Thank you so much for this great contest!
Vicky Boackle says
these look quite interesting.
I’ve been hearing about this series for a while. It sounds like fun! Please enter me to win.
This would be as great Christmas gift for my nephew Max. Thanks:)
Ilissa H. says
This looks like a very cute series. Thanks for the chance!
Donna Vance says
My kids would love to read this. They like the graphic novels and I too have to glance through to make sure they are ok.
israel y says
nice prize, thanks for the giveaway
Cori Westphal says
I’ve never heard of this but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the great contest!
daniel emery says
I love Bone and would like to get back into it.
Carol Drury says
would love to win and thanks so much for offering the contest!!!
Karen Gonyea says
Sounds like a really good series – I have two avid readers – they would both love to try them !
bryce siddons says
im not gonna tell you about my kids or explain how its my favorite, but i really want to win this for my kid. it her favorite. hahahahaha
Vicki Wurgler says
great contest-thanks. Both my grandsons would enjoy these
James Jenkins says
Paula S says
My daughter would love these books!
Teresa Hoyt says
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Ken Robinson says
Strikes my funny bone. Please accept my entry.
too cute! Count me in
No bones about it I want to win BONE!! 😉 Thanks. hint hint: birthday is 9/1 Thanks.
K. Cleaver says
My boys are just at that age where they are starting to read on their own. I’d be interested in these for them.
Yes, I indeed would like to win!!
Rhonda B says
Would love to win this for my granddaughter
Would love to have for grandchildren!
cindy a says
this would be so nice for the kids, thanks
lisa F says
these are great ,,my kids would enjoy them
Jennifer Hedden says
william causey says
please count grandpa in
Carrie Mahan says
My middle son loves the Bone books and I know he would like to have them.