Little needs be said beyond: “Look, it’s a new Bone book.”
If you know nothing about the Bone storyline, think: ‘Pogo meets Lord of the Rings’ and you’ll get a sense of both the epic scope of the adventure and the good-natured gentle humor and humanity of the series. Everyday folks and forest critters go about their lives in a great big old dangerous world, until a great evil arises and threatens all. A trio of small persons prove to have heroic import beyond their small stature (and despite a rapacious and cranky greed-headed immorality in the case of the irascible Phoney Bone).
This latest book is a side story of one-shot and throwaway tales. The Ed Norton-esque Smiley Bone takes three lil’ Bone Scouts on a camping trip accompanied by the rat creature Bartleby. Smiley spins a few yarns at the campfire to keep them (and us entertained).