What do you get when you mix talking bones, dumb giant rat creatures, a cow-racing grandma, and a big red dragon all together? A very interesting and well-designed graphic novel. This is the first book in the Bone series, and the first I have read, though I've seen kids reading these for years. I expected a simplistic plot, but was surprised by the quality and interest of the story. This is a great series for lovers of graphic novels, and a very good introduction to the genre for those who expect graphic novels to just be big comic books. It is, in a way, but it has as much in common with a novel as it does a typical comic. Pick up this book and you'll see what I mean.
One thing Jeff Smith does is to create very enjoyable pictures, not just the striking characters, but the way he sets up scenes with pictures. I'm hooked.