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Bone: The Great Cow Race: 07/11/10
The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith turns its focus from the Bone cousins showing up in the valley to Grandma Rose's strength and long history of winning the Great Cow Race. Two of the Bone cousins decide to rig the race to reap a profit.
The light-hearted tone though is a ruse to introduce plot developments that will come to a head a couple books down the line. Pay attention to the goofy rat creatures.
Mostly though, this volume is a character builder, specifically for Grandma Rose. I already liked her from the first book (Out From Boneville). Although she's played as a comedic character here, her potential as a serious and strong leader begins to come into focus.