Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith: Book Review

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Out from Boneville

3 Stars

Three Bones, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are run out of Boneville after Phoney Bone tries to pull a scam on the townspeople. They get separated in a desert. Fone Bone, the most honest of the bunch, eventually finds marooned in a beautiful valley. All is not as peaceful as it appears, however. There are rat creatures trying to eat Fone Bone and an enigmatic dragon who keeps saving his skin.

This has potential, but it didn’t really get anywhere in this first installment. I had more questions when I finished it than I did when I started it. I can’t think of one question that got answered. That’s the biggest reason I rated this three stars.

I did like the artwork. It reminded me of the cartoons I watched as a child.

I don’t really have anything else to say. I don’t feel like I know enough about what’s going on to add anything else.

Readers more patient than I am will probably like this more than I did. I just want to have something explained.

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  1. Atleast you gave it some effort. Maybe if you read the whole series, it'll make sense. But it was an honest review and I enjoyed it.

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