Bone #2: The Great Cow Race

Bone #2: The Great Cow Race


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The cornerstone of GRAPHIX, our new graphic novel imprint, BONE is the incredible comic book saga of an unlikely hero who must save an idyllic valley from the forces of evil.

In THE GREAT COW RACE, volume 2 of this 9-book epic, Fone Bone and his cousins plan to return home after visiting the village of Barrelhaven with Thorn and Gran'ma Ben. But Phoney risks everything on one last get-rich-quick scheme for the town's annual Great Cow Race. As usual, Phoney's plans go disastrously awry, and Boneville seems further away than ever. Meanwhile, ominous signs indicate that a war is brewing, and Fone finds himself helping his friends defend their valley from a formidable enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439706391
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2005
Series: Bone (Comics) Series , #2
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 43,429
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(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 #2: The Great Cow Race 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of graphic novels, but this particular book was not that bad. It had several different scenes and the character development was much better than I thought it would be. In the story, we see that Bone is in love with the girl and is trying to impress her. Only she is following around a boy at the fair that she learns is into any girl that walks by. Grandma is preparing for and ends up winning the Great Cow Race. And there is discussion about a dragon coming back that I'm sure will be addressed in the next book.I think this book could have been a little better by adding color to the pictures. It would definitely attract more readers that way. This would be a good book to use as a reference for writing and art for middle and upper grade students. They could be given a story to rewrite in graphic novel form. They would have to learn to pull out only the most important details from the story that were needed to tell the story. The illustrating could be a bonus .
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very fun installment in the Bone series.
BlacknWrite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a nice graphic novel as I was pretty skeptic that it reading a teen graphic novel would be like having your teeth pulled. But the light humor and characters made the novel easy to read and personally took me less then an hour to finish. One of the secondary characters, Gramma Ben, is preparing for a big annual cow racing event; she's being unknowingly exploited by one of the Bone characters and the main character has a major crush on a girl whom he knows probably doesn't feel the same way about him.
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say graphic novels aren't my style. However, I can really see where this genre has a place in the world. Children will love the story.The main character is with his grandmother as she prepares for the great cow race. As she prepares for the race, the reader learns that the main character has great taste, he must have! He has a crush on a girl (the same girl everyone else is interested in).The story's illustrations add to the story but would be more inviting if they had more color. This would be a great way to get a struggling reader in an upper grade reading. The graphics will help the student with any wording they struggle with and all children love stories in this format.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.The story continues on from Vol. 1 with everyone arriving at the anticipated spring fair. Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone put their plan into action to scam the townspeople and Gran¿ma Ben is ready to take on the cows in the annual cow race. Of course all sorts of shenanigans happen and nothing works out the way it should, well except for Gran¿ma Ben. Thorn is having strange dreams about the past and the Rat Creatures are after Phoney Bone but with orders to kill the other two, if necessary. Not a lot to say except I¿m loving the story and the characters. Fone Bone is still my favourite and his crush on Thorn is cute, though I haven¿t taken to her yet. I much prefer Gran¿ma Ben as main female lead at this point. Looking forward to Vol. 3, then I will have to decide whether to buy the next volumes, as well, or start using the library.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second Bone graphic novel out of nine. This was a great addition to the story and I enjoyed it thoroughly.Fone Bone and his buddies are getting ready for the Great Cow Race. Grandma is hoping to win, but Phoney Bone is creating some money mischief in the betting pool that is bound to get the Bones in trouble again. In addition to this the broader more mysterious storyline is also added to: Thorne is having strange dreams that she confesses to Fone Bone and Fone Bone is again attacked by the Rat-like creatures whose purpose is yet unknown. Even our friendly cigar smoking red dragon makes a brief appearance.This was a fun installment in the Bone comics series. Not quite as adventurous and mysterious as the first one, this one was funnier and dealt mainly with the cow races. Interwoven with that are some more serious story elements such as what the deal is with Thorne's strange dreams and why their house was attacked and destroyed by the rat creatures.The drawing is well done, just like in the first book. There is a lot of humor here mixed up with the more serious stuff. This is a graphic novel appropriate for all ages.Overall a great addition to this series. I have really been enjoying it a lot. Eventually I think I am going to have to buy keeper copies of these (I've been getting them from the library). I look forward to reading the third book, Eyes of the Storm, soon.
MrJPenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This sequel picks up right where the first volume left off, with the three Bone cousins preparing to go back home to Boneville, and the citizens of the Valley preparing for their annual Great Cow Race. However, as usual Phoney Bone is plotting a get-rich-quick scheme to interfere with the race, dragging his hapless cousin Smiley along to do the dirty work. Unsurprisingly, this causes trouble for Fone Bone, and their allies Thorn and Grandma Ben. Even with all this comedy going on, there are a few strange circumstances happening. This adventure is far from over.Personal Reaction: Like with the first book, I greatly enjoyed the second. The art style is as awesome as the story's plot. Both the mystical elements and the comedic keep me intrigued.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have everyone gather together to talk about the kind of weird dreams they might have had like Thorn's.2. Take all the students outside and let them run their own Great Cow Race, just without the Cow part.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the second book in the series. Bone is still in love with Thorn and is sad that she'd rather spend time at the fair with the cute, shirtless honey seller boy. Phoney and Smiley are trying to scan the town into betting on a "mystery cow" in the great race. They know Grandma will win but their scam comes into light...but not before the rat creatures interrupt the corrupt race. And, of course, it leaves you craving the third book... This was my third book in the Bone series to read. I really appreciate the quick pace of the novel and the lack of romance/violence. I didn't notice any inappropriate language in this one so I think it'd be great for a classroom (once this series isn't quite so expensive!). [Book don't last very long in my classroom without being destroyed, ripped, or stolen.] My only complaint behind this book is that not much action happens to follow the overall plot. You don't really see the dragon or severe villian (thought you meet the rat creatures again).
aleykk11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is funny if you like comics
jennyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big graphic novel fan, but the Bone books are pretty funny (especially the quiche-loving monster), and my son loves them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While a bit less action than the first, its more informative so you know whats goin on. A funny second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this series is apart of the ar reading at school and my son has read them all and had trouble checking this one out so we bought it and he has so far read three times and he got a a on his test. he really likes this book and recommends it highly.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
The characters are drawn in such a fun way. I thought the stories were pretty cute, and the characters are very cute.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Bone for years, and I'm not about to stop! The ongoing Bone saga continues as the day for The Great Cow Race draws near! Everyones getting ready for it: Gran'ma Ben is getting in shape, Fone Bone is trying to woo Thorn, and, of course, Phoney is trying yet again to scam the townspeople! A must-have for any Bone fan!