by Jeff Smith, Scholastic Books, 2010
~ this book qualifies for the Once Upon A Time Challenge ~
I like Jeff Smith’s simple cartoony style in this series of books, all of which I read as the original B&W collections were published. Since that time they have been colored and republished, but I’m not buying the same thing again. I spotted this “handbook” at the store and bought it expecting a reference type book of background, character details and perhaps some new information.
I got a little of that, unfortunately wrapped in a written-for-kids style. [Fun fact! Did you know the creature was named after the artists’ dog? They’re both brown!] That sort of thing, thought hat’s not a quote. So for $10 there wasn’t much here, but I will warn you that if you haven’t read the Bone series of books, reading this beforehand will give you a good overview of the large story arc, and a lot of spoilers. In this case one goes with the other, I suppose.
I recommend the Bone Books, this handbook is very optional.