Bone #4: The Dragonslayer

Bone #4: The Dragonslayer


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The forces of evil are growing stronger - but could our heroes' worst enemy be Phoney Bone himself?

Fone Bone confronts a host of dangers in Book 4 of the BONE saga, The Dragonslayer. He and Gran'ma Ben and Thorn have a terrifying encounter with Kingdok, ruler of the rat creatures. The Hooded One is inciting his army to full-scale war. Someone is continuing to haunt Thorn in her dreams. And then wise Gran'ma Ben disappears.

To make matters worse, Phoney Bone has hoodwinked the townspeople into believing that he is a mighty dragonslayer. When he actually does catch the Red Dragon — much to his surprise — he must face up to his promise: to slay the dragon at sunrise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439706377
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/10/2006
Series: Bone (Comics) Series , #4
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 50,160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: GN380L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jeff Smith is the creator of the award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling BONE series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation. Visit him online at

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Bone #4: The Dragonslayer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: next in the series.This volume was fabulous! Maybe part of my sheer enjoyment was due to the little break I took between books 1-3 and this one. (I'm trying not to rush through them "too" fast) But while the break may have refreshed my zeal for these characters, this was still a top-notch story. Things turn quite dark in this volume as we finally meet the bad guy and see him surrounded by his minions. He wears a costume that hides his actual identity and it makes me wonder whether if and when his hood is lifted we might see a familiar face in the end. Great story with some multiple plot lines going on; first and foremost the Lord of the Locusts is gathering the rat creatures to help him take over the valley, Thorn learns her true identity and fights a battle with King Dok, and as usual Phoney Bone is up to his usual scams this time scaring the villagers into believing that they are under eminent attack by dragons and he, a true dragonslayer, is the only one who can help them. The red dragon makes his usual appearance and steals the scene. I love that guy. I kind of imagine him being voiced by Kelsey Grammer if there were an animated version.
peachface101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! If you have not read this book yet, you have to.
savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Volume 4 of this series is probably not the best introduction for me since there's already been quite the history to these characters. For those who've been following, I'm sure all the discoveries about Thorn and Grandma Ben were exciting as was the further development of the evil Locusts. For me, it was a simple tale in a typical kind of DnD adventure. Nothing new, just a simple adventure. I initially thought to make my kids read it, but after an early scene with the severing of the Rat Creature King's arm, I kind of changed my mind. Not as young-kid-friendly as I expected.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was probably a mistake for me to start reading the series with this volume, which starts at issue 20, well into the story. But a bigger problem for me is the tone, the mixture of epic fantasy and cutesy humor. Having the three Bone brothers named Fone, Phoney, and Smiley (= Funny) made it hard for me to take them at all seriously, even within the context of the story, and the personalities of Phoney and Smiley irritated rather than providing comic relief. No doubt it's a great series if these characters click for you; the art is consistently a high quality.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the nine book Bone graphic novel series by Jeff Smith. It was a spectacular addition to the series and probably the darkest book yet. The story really deepens and the danger for our beloved characters really takes on an urgency.Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone are competing in sales at the inn to see if they can pay of their debt; Phoney Bone has everyone convinced he is a dragon slayer which is causing problems. Meanwhile Granny, Thorne, and Fone Phone have started a journey to leave the valley and get Thorne to safety. When they are attacked by the rat creatures on their journey things take a turn for the worse. Ends up Thorne has more truth to learn about her identity and the valley has worse enemies than rat creatures to worry about.Thorne goes through some rough times in this book. It is a dark book for her. This is the first book where there is more violence, blood, and despair present throughout the story. That is not to say everything is bleak; there are some pretty funny scenes with Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone, and the Dragon. Still it is becoming clear that the residents of the valley are facing a peril worse than they ever could have imagined.As with previous books the plot is well developed and the story continues to deepen. There is humor throughout and the drawing continues to be wonderful. This book was a bit scarier than some of the previous ones so take caution if reading this with young children.Overall a great addition to the series. Darker than previous books, but still some humor throughout. The story expands and is wonderfully told. I can't wait to read book 5, Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border. I am absolutely loving this series.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Phoney Bone takes over Barrelhaven, and only Lucius seems to realize that Phoney does not have the best interests of the citizens at heart. Grandma Ben reveals secrets to Thorn and Fone Bone. Thorn may be losing her mind. And Smiley Bone adopts a very cute rat creature cub. All as war breaks out between the rat creatures/Hooded One and the dragons, with the people of the valley caught in between. This kids' series takes a darker, more violent turn in this fourth volume but continues to be excellent.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bone continues to move from a primarily humorous book to something a bit darker with this collection. Not that this one isn't funny (the dragon trap was absolutely hysterical), but we are gradually seeing that the rat creatures are not simply inept things in the forest. At the same time, the introducing the rat creature cub makes them more, er, human, I guess.Jeff Smith has created something truly amazing here. On the surface, it seems like some sort of cute children's book. Certainly it can be read on that level. At the same time, his world is complete and self-supporting, and his characters complete. The danger is real, but the humor is attractive. I read these because I love the world. I care about the people who inhabit this place. The plot is pretty good, as well.
grunin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had no idea things were going to get this deep, and I now understand why this series is considered so great.This volume is where things start to get dark. I won't say more to avoid spoiling it for you.
boaz9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful color drawings. Thorn, her grandma and fone bone, move back to Barrelhaven.
Mr-X_0024 More than 1 year ago
My first online purchase and I've enjoyed it. To see more of this book series and its related genre, look in Amulet book 3, also for the entire saga look in Allegiant, Batman Incorporated Vol. 2, Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1, Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Volume 3, Batman Zero Year Vol. 4, Frozen the Junior  Novelization, Pokemon XY Pokedex Guide, the Lightning Thief, the Sea of Monsters, the Titan's Curse and the Battle of the Labyrinth. Which of course what I meant by the entire saga I meant customer reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. It has a lot better plot than other graphic novels. When I started reading it I just kept reading it tell I was done. You really got to know the characters (especially Fone Bone) and feel what they were feeling. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a fantasy book and like a big comic book.Its a easy to read.Its a book about a dragon and a 3 bone and they want a way home and are in danger by some animal called the rat catures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't spoil it by giving away the plot, but I just want to say that this is certainly one of the most dramatic books in the Bone story! It has everything that a comic book should have- humor, suspense, action, a building plot, great artwork and entertaing characters. Fair warning to those who have not read the original trilogy, for they will not fully appreciate this book or understand the plot without the background details.