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Bone: Tall Tales
Bone Tall Tales
Author: Jeff Smith

Tom Sniegoski

Illustrator: Jeff Smith
Colour by: Steve Hamaker
Series: Bone
Published: July 27, 2010
Published by: Scholastic
Language: English
Country: USA
Additional Information
Pages: 128
Tall Tales is a repackaged version of Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone, Frontier Hero. It also includes two new stories by Tom Sniegoski and one new story by Jeff Smith.

Smiley and the Bone Scouts

Smiley and Bartleby come and prepare a camping sight for Ringo, Bingo and Todd. Smiley puts on his leader hat and prepare a campfire. Ringo, Bingo and Todd asked Smiley to tell them a story when he and his cousins were in The valley far away. Having already told them the stories of when his cousins first entered the valley, The great cow race and when he and Fone Bone had met Rock Jaw he tells them a story when The cousins had still lived on Gran'ma Ben's farm.

Powers that be

Back when the bone cousins lived in the farm house Phoney didn't quite settle in and even took turns in the household chores. When it was Fone Bone and Phoney's turn to do the laundry, Phoney still missed the hustle and bustle in Boneville. Phoney finds a map buried in the ground, he instinctively followed the map believing he was led by capitalism or as he says The powers that be and brings Fone Bone along to collect the treasure. while heading through a Briar patch to find the letter N which was the first clue to finding the treasure they fall into an eagle's nest. When the mother eagle returns to the nest she swallows Fone Bone, but is saved by Phoney by threatening to drop the eagle's eggs. Phoney and Fone Bone jump from the nest, fall ino the briar patch and find the tree with the letter N, they walk ten steps from the tree and find where the treasure is located and find a shovel in the bushes. Phoney thanks the powers that be and as they dig for the treasure, Fone Bone and Phoney find out the treasure is nothing, but Phoney's dirty clothes and realizes that it was a trick. Smiley than tells the scouts from that moment on, neither Fone Bone or Phoney skipped laundry ever again. Amazed by the story the scouts ask him to tell another story. Smiley decides to tell the scouts about the very founder of Boneville, Big Johnson Bone and the story of when he was first born

Baby Johnson vs. Old Man Winter

In the most toughest winter's ever, Johanna Bone was about to give birth to her baby boy, luckily old Hepzibah Bone had a hankering for Tuber stew and helped Johanna through labor since she was always by her lonesome after Jebidiah Bone had disappeared ever since he went on his hunting trip. After Johanna's baby was born she named her Johnson Bone, but before he could even feel the touch of his mother The door suddenly opened and Johnson was swept by Winter and over the mountains. Johnson was taken just as Jebidiah was taken from Johanna, but she had a feeling an decided to make tuber stew knowing Winter could not keep Johnson. After Johnson was taken he met Old man Winter himself, but didn't see Johnson as a threat and left him to die at the hands of an angry Cave bear. Winter believed he was victorious until Johnson had returned with a bear skin coat. Old Hepzibah tried to find Johnson herself with no luck until the clouds had let up, it was then Johnson had returned home where he smelt the scent of his mother's tuber stew. Smiley than explains that was the very reason the bones have spring in the first place. Ringo and Bingo enjoy the story, but Todd remains unimpressed. Todd asks Bartleby if he knows any stories, Bartleby than tells everyone of the story on why Rat creatures no longer have tails saying that The Jekk would arrive in the middle of the night and pull the rat creatures by their which was the reason Rat creatures cut their tails on their first birth day. Todd is unsatisfied that is was all of Bartleby's story and asks for Smiley to tell one more story. Smiley tells the kids the story when Big Johnson Bone went against the the cobbler gobbler.

Big Jonson vs. The cobbler Gobbler

On Big Johnson Bone's 15th birthday, he prepares to win the annual Gorge- a-Thon, a time when all Bone territories begin a eating competition. So far, Big Johnson has won 14 in times in a row and intends to keep his title. Big Johnson is spotted by his many fans and ensures his victory over the other competitors.only to find out there's a new competitor from the next country over named Gertie also known as the cobbler gobbler on account of her digesting vast amounts of fruit cobbler and other various food type items and prepares to defeat Big Johnson in the Gorge-a-Thon.Big Johnson instantly falls in love with her,but still has a duty to keep his title. After defeating the other competitors Gertie and Big Johnson are now left in the final round which was to eat fruit cobbler Big Johnson has only one piece left before he is declared victorious yet again, but hesitates. Gertie uses Big Johnson's hesitation to consume all she had left and was declared winner of the Gorge-a-Thon. Although Big Johnson lost he does not show disappointment and congratulates her. Gertie experiences extreme gas and farts at a extreme level that causes her and the entire platform of the Gorge-a-Thon do elevate into the sky and onto the moon, Big Johnson was so devastated that he wandered into the wilderness for the next ten years.

Smiley claimed that during his ten years of absence he had wonderful adventures, Todd asks Smiley to tell them the stories, but says that he couldn't because the secrets went to his grave and that nobody knows where he went or what he did until settled down on the rolling Bone river and started up his first trading post. Smiley then calls it for a night as they have to be well rested for their big hike tomorrow. As everyone prepares for bed, Todd sneaks into Smiley and Bartleby's tent and steals the hat, puts it on and sleeps.

The lost tale of Big Johnson Bone

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