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After years of watching students fight over the Bone books, I finally snagged a copy of Out of Boneville to read for myself. I was surprised by how rich the story was. Jeff Smith's comprehensive illustrations bring just as much to the page as his quirky, lilting text. Raised reading classic books, graphic novels are a challenge for me – I have to take each panel slowly, reading the text and then studying the illustration. Even with extra care, a lot of graphic novels go over my head. But Out from Boneville was somehow both complex and inclusive. Not appropriate for my younger readers (bloody battle scenes and minor sexual content mean I pry these out of second graders' hands daily), but a winner for grades three and up. #amreading #book #bookreview #librarian #library #elementaryschool #middlegrade #graphicnovel #bone #childrensliterature #kidlit
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