Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

Editor Chris Duffy chose the fairy tales to be included in this book by trying to have a mix of well-known tales, some non-European stories, and a mix of male and female protagonists. Each tale is illustrated by a different artist, each in their own style. Some of the things I really enjoyed were the female lumberjack in Little Red Riding Hood, the headdress on Snow White's evil stepmother that looked like horns on her head, the wordless version of Goldilocks, and the Bremen Town musicians on stage as a rock band at the end of their story. A few of the artists are familiar from books already in our library. Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the Series of Unfortunate Events and was responsible for Rumpelstiltskin in this anthology. Raina Telgemeier is the creator of the graphic novel Smile. Her version of Rapunzel is more like the movie "Tangled". The girl saves the prince and they leave the witch stuck in the tower. I also appreciated that the Editor's Note included a list of books and websites where you can find more tales like these and the short bios about each artist that listed some of the other projects they have worked on.

I would recommend this to any reader who likes fairy tales, either the traditional versions, or more modernized retellings. 

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, but it was published September 24, 2013. The publisher's website has more information about the editor of this project.

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