4 great graphic novels for family entertainment
Looking for an entertaining read for the whole family? Graphic novels often have stories capable of spanning multiple generations and delighting all of them.
1. "Bone," by Jeff Smith
If you have not read Jeff Smithās Bone series, you really need to do so. What you will discover is a masterpiece of comic storytelling appropriate for readers of all ages. āBoneā (Scholastic) tells the story of three cousins: Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, who venture out of Boneville and end up in a strange new valley and an epic adventure.
Along with the young Thorn and her Granāma Ben they encounter rat creatures, dragons, hooded warriors, a giant mountain lion, friendly forest animals, and Ted the bug. Smith masterfully juggles this āLord of the Ringsā-style saga with many laugh-out-loud moments. The Bone cousins are great, endearing characters equal to some of Disneyās best.
In 2010, there were two new additions to the epic. The "Bone Handbook" is a goody bag full of all things Bone, including a rundown of the characters and story, interviews with Smith and Hamaker, comics, fun facts, and even some recipes. Just released this summer is "Bone Tall Tales." This pulls together some other short stories mostly centered on Daniel Boone-type ancestor "Big Johnson Bone."
Then for readers who canāt get enough of Granāma Ben, thereās also "Rose," the story of Granāma Ben when she was a young princess. āRoseā makes a great prologue to the main saga, despite the absence of the Bone cousins.
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