Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen & Kate’s Quick Reviews of Out From Boneville & The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith

The Bone series is definitely one of my favorite graphic novel series (this is probably the 5th time I’ve read the series). The illustrations are fantastic, the characters are very well developed and unique, the plot is very well thought out and the entire thing is both hilarious and haunting.

Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

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Series: Bone, Vol. 1

Genres: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Adventure, Humor

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 stars!

Description:

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures…

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.

Gwen’s Review:

The Bone series is definitely one of my favorite graphic novel series (this is probably the 5th time I’ve read the series). The illustrations are fantastic, the characters are very well developed and unique, the plot is very well thought out and the entire thing is both hilarious and haunting.

In Out From Boneville, Fone Bone and his two cousins have been run out of Boneville because of Phoney Bone’s greedy deeds. They get separated, and end up in a lush valley with very different people and animals. What I love about the world building in Bone is that there are two fantasy worlds that have never seen or heard of each other before. This is not as commonly seen as one fantasy world being compared to “our world” — often a modern teenager thrown back into either another time or another world.

The characters in this series are amazing, all with their own unique personalities. Fone Bone is the responsible cousin, while Smiley is the goofball with no brain, and Phoney is the greedy billionaire. Thorn is the sweet, beautiful young girl, and Grandma Ben is the unusually strong, cow-racing grandma type. I love them all!

Kate’s Thoughts:

I love how my dad used to read these books to me with funny voices that fit each character very well. I think all the books are very well written, illustrated, and humorous. My favorite parts are at the beginning of the book when Fone Bone meets Ted, and then when winter comes quite quickly! You’ll just have to read it to see what I mean!

The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith

Series: Bone, Vol. 2

Genres: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Adventure, Humor

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4 stars

Description:

In The Great Cow Race, volume 2 of this 9-book epic, Fone Bone and his cousins plan to return home after visiting the village of Barrelhaven with Thorn and Gran’ma Ben. But Phoney risks everything on one last get-rich-quick scheme for the town’s annual Great Cow Race. As usual, Phoney’s plans go disastrously awry, and Boneville seems further away than ever. Meanwhile, ominous signs indicate that a war is brewing, and Fone finds himself helping his friends defend their valley from a formidable enemy.

Gwen’s Review:

This book feels similar to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because both books seem to deviate from the normal plot of the stories, and don’t feature the “bad guy” as much. The Great Cow Race is mostly about the Great Cow Race, and Phoney and Smiley’s schemes to make a lot of money off of the “mystery cow” (Smiley dressed up in a homemade cow suit), instead of focusing on the rat creatures, the hooded figure, and the evil taking over the valley. In this way it is a much funnier (see panel below), more upbeat story than some of the other books in the series, but not one of my favorites.

Kate’s Thoughts:

I definitely liked the first book better than The Great Cow Race. This was not one of my favorite books in the series. I also felt really sad about how poor Smiley Bone is used by Phoney Bone to achieve his greedy goals.

These two books count as one for the School YA Bingo Board Challenge (in the category of Graphic Novel).

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