Title: Bone: Tall Tales.
Author: Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith.
Artist: Jeff Smith.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, children's lit, YA, fantasy, adventure, humour, prequel.
Publication Date: July 27, 2010.
Summary: Long before the Bone cousins were ever lost in the uncharted desert on the outskirts of the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River, founded Boneville. But little is known of the mighty explorer's adventures before he started his famous trading post. So when Smiley Bone sits down with a group of young campers to retell the legendary stories of Boneville's origin and its tough, no-nonsense founder, what they hear are tall tales of wild antics complete with rat creatures, dragons, and a snarky little monkey.
My rating: 8.5/10.
♥ "Well, now... Them stupid rat-tails ain't nothin' to be afraid of... but I understand. You may find this hard to swalla, but even Big Johnson Bone was afraid once. It's true. It happened when I was a young explorer-- No, wait... I'd just turned the age of-- No, no-- Uh... Well, I can't rightly recall the incident, but I'm sure I was a-scared oncet! Hmm.
Y'see, fear is like a big ol' animal-- I seen it blend with the scenery and pounce on ya before you knows it was even there! Fear can make it so's you don't even want to know what lies over that next big hill on account a not wantin' to be a-scared again. An' that's bad, if you're a explorer like me. So you gotta decide! Are you gonna let being afraid keep you from exploring? Or you gonna slap a muzzle on it an' go?"