Books by Jeff Smith

Released: July 31, 2018

"Best for children of Bone fans. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Smiley Bone flies with the birds in this picture-book outing for the character from Smith's Bone graphic novels. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination; at its worst, great art."
The eighth volume of the series collects 30 examples of graphic storytelling—either in whole or as excerpts—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics and Web comics. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

The lovably motley questing crew returns for their final stand against the looming powers of the Nacht.

Young turnip farmer-cum-hero Tom Elm has finally reached the arduous apex of his journey: The scattered pieces of the Spark are quickly coming together, as are all of the beings needed to complete his epic quest. A charmingly quirky assortment of dragons, animals, a warrior, Bones and a shape-shifting forest spirit must work together to save the fate of their world. They must keep the horrible dragon named the Nacht from taking over the realm and shrouding all they know in permanent, nightmarish blackness. This is no simple feat, and they must battle truly frightening foes on their way to the final showdown: a colony of possessed, bloodthirsty giant bats that have enslaved most of a human tribe. This final volume does not disappoint, twisting and turning rapidly to a wholly satisfying—although quickly resolved—conclusion. The Bone universe has smoothly spread out from a serialized graphic-novel epic to a thrill-ride prose trilogy, an accomplishment not often seen nor executed so well. Fear not, fans: A new Bone adventure is not-so-subtly hinted at as this installment draws to a close.

Thrills, chills, twists and turns, this series ender offers it all. (Fantasy. 9-13)Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A nimble, expertly paced middle-grade adventure yarn. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)"
The Bone universe proves that it can still expand without spreading thin. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

Bone fans, rejoice: Beloved creator Smith has once again teamed up with Sniegoski (Tall Tales, 2010) for this illustrated novel, the first of a trilogy. Picking up where the Bone graphic novels left off, it introduces readers to young Tom, who comes from turnip-farming stock and is an unsure hero about to embark on a new quest. Guided by visions, Tom and his raccoon friend Roderick (who keen readers may remember from earlier volumes) join up with a family of Bones, a Veni-Yan priest and, yes, some stupid, stupid rat creatures to fight against the nefarious Nacht, a sinister force that has left the Valley trapped in a nightmarish, soporific stupor. For those unfamiliar with the earlier Bone works, this is a fine jumping-in point; well-acquainted aficionados should relish the chance for yet another romp. Sniegoski navigates well within Smith's carefully constructed world, although inevitably this prose-with-illustrations format has a different feel than the graphic works. However, this transition is easily abetted by the adept storytelling, making this one of those very rare creatures: a successful graphic series-to-novel translation. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)Read full book review >
TALL TALES by Jeff Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Bone is arguably one of the most revered graphic-novel series of recent times. This companion volume collects stories from the previously self-published Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails (1999) and adds new material. On a Bone Scout camping trip, Smiley Bone spins campfire yarns to a crew of young scouts, telling them a short story about his infamous cousins and about the history of Big Johnson Bone, the founder of Boneville. In proper tall-tale fashion, Johnson Bone heroically battles Old Man Winter just minutes after being born. From there, he fights and defeats a monstrous tornado with only his bare hands and his simian companion. Following these adventures, the last and longest tale concentrates on Johnson and a menagerie of young forest creatures who must combat the rat creatures who intend to dine on them. Bone is loved for its creativity and ingenuity and for bringing the graphic-novel format into the libraries of many young readers; this volume keeps an easy pace with its predecessors. Lushly colored, brilliantly imagined—a must for every Bone fan. (Graphic fiction. 9 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

Move over, Froggy; Little Mouse is here to show the picture-book set how to get dressed. It's time to go to the barn; Little Mouse is excited, but first he must get ready. "Underpants are EASY to put on… / Just be sure to get your tail in the tail hole!" Socks, pants, boots and shirt with difficult buttons follow. Through it all, Little Mouse talks about all the fun things to do in the barn, like eating seeds and oats from the ground and swimming in the cow's water. Little Mouse is so proud of having dressed himself…until Mama comes back to ask what he's doing. She looks him over and says, "Well…mice don't wear clothes!" That literally knocks Little Mouse's socks (and everything else) off. With his first book for the very young, Smith, creator of the beloved and award-winning BONE graphic novels, adds another strong entry into Toon Book's fledgling series of hybrid comics/early readers. The big friendly panels in autumn pastels and the silly twist ending will have emergent readers going straight back to the first page over and over. (Graphic early reader. 3-6)Read full book review >