Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

by Various Various Authors, Gilbert Hernandez, David Mazzucchelli
     
 

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From favorites like "Puss in Boots" and "Goldilocks" to obscure gems like "The Boy Who Drew Cats," Fairy Tale Comics has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and more.

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From favorites like "Puss in Boots" and "Goldilocks" to obscure gems like "The Boy Who Drew Cats," Fairy Tale Comics has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and more.

Edited by Nursery Rhyme Comics' Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Duffy has assembled a dazzling lineup of comics versions of more than a dozen fairy tales in this hilarious follow-up to Nursery Rhyme Comics. Favorites like “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” and “Rapunzel” (whose heroines gain welcome agency) join rarities like “The Small Tooth Dog” and “The Boy Who Drew Cats.” The stories’ visual styles range from Gilbert Hernandez’s straightforward, flat-color cartoons for “Hansel and Gretel” to Brett Helquist’s elaborately rendered Rumpelstiltskin; the bewildered stares of the bear family say it all in Graham Annable’s wordless “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Karl Kerschl conceives “The Bremen Town Musicians” as a down-home romp (“Me and Abel talked it over and we ain’t goin’ near no haunted house”); Ramona Fredon crafts a formal, Classics Illustrated–style version of “The Prince and the Tortoise”; while Vanessa Davis capitalizes on the absurdities of “Puss in Boots” (“Bunny!” the king shouts inanely, hearts dancing around him, when Puss presents him with his first gift). Most stories are in the six- to eight-page range, and children will probably beg their parents to read the whole thing in one sitting. Ages 6–12. (Sept.)
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"A quirky and vibrant mix of visually reinterpreted fairy tales compiled by the editor of the Eisner-nominated Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011)." — Kirkus Reviews

 "Nineteen cartoonists re-envision the world of “once upon a time” in this collection of 17 fairy tales . . .These adaptations are sure to enchant devotees of comics and those who like a fresh and distinctive approach to fairy tales." — School Library Journal

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 3 Up—Nineteen cartoonists re-envision the world of "once upon a time" in this collection of 17 fairy tales. Stories are chiefly from Grimm and other European sources, but a few represent Middle Eastern, Asian, and American lore. The rich potpourri of interpretations presented in various mediums, styles, and settings makes the anthology unique. Some stories remain true to conventional retellings, while other adaptations have a decidedly fanciful aspect. Readers will note marked differences in the approaches to the Grimm tales. For example, Emily Carroll dresses her "12 Dancing Princesses" in elegant renaissance gowns while the wicked stepmother in Jaime Hernandez's "Snow White" has a futuristically styled gown and headdress. Graham Annable's wordless "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" illustrates the effectiveness of images in nuanced storytelling. "The Prince and the Tortoise" echoes the classic realistic scenes of Prince Valiant, while subdued monochromatic colors and simple drawings of the Japanese "The Boy Who Drew Cats" complement the tale's Asian origins. Several artists inject playful humor: Puss in Boots motors around on a Vespa scooter while the King and Queen travel in a pickup truck bed. The "Bremen Town" setting is the Wild West with outlaws stating, "We ain't goin' near no haunted house." While many traditional stories feature young maidens as beautiful brides, Raina Telgemeier's contemporary "Rapunzel" finds her own version of happily-ever-after when she realizes that "I've got the whole world to explore." These adaptations are sure to enchant devotees of comics and those who like a fresh and distinctive approach to fairy tales.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
A quirky and vibrant mix of visually reinterpreted fairy tales compiled by the editor of the Eisner-nominated Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011). In varying styles, renowned artists present their interpretations of 17 fairy tales ranging from the well-trod "Snow White" and "Hansel and Gretel" to some lesser-known stories, such as "Give Me the Shudders" (a more obscure Brothers Grimm tale), "The Boy Who Drew Cats" (a Japanese tale) and "The Small-Tooth Dog" (an English tale). As individual as snowflakes, the interpretive styles range far and wide. There is a traditional Sunday-comics feel to the captivating "The Prince and the Tortoise," illustrated by comics veteran Ramona Fradon; Graham Annable presents a delightfully wordless and expressive take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"; in Gigi D.G.'s digitally reimagined "Little Red Riding Hood," the heroic lumberjack happens to be female; Jillian Tamaki contributes a dreamily earth-toned rendition of "Baba Yaga." This pastiche works beautifully, and it should inspire readers to seek additional versions; those who wish to do so can find helpful suggestions in the editor's note. A veritable who's who of artists renders this an instant crowd-pleaser and will most certainly leave its readers "happily ever after." (editor's note) (Graphic folk tales. 6 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466843882
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
46 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sweet Porridge! - Bobby London
The 12 Dancing Princesses - Emily Carroll
Hansel and Gretel -Gilbert Hernandez
Puss in Boots - Vanessa Davis
Little Red Riding Hood - Gigi D.G.
The Prince and the Tortoise - Ramona Fradon&Chris Duffy
Snow White - Jaime Hernandez
The Boy Who Drew Cats - Luke Pearson
Rumpelstiltskin - Brett Helquist
Rabbit Will Not Help - Joseph Lambert
Rapunzel - Raina Telgemeier
The Small Tooth Dog - Charise Mericle Harper
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Graham Annable
Baba Yaga - Jillian Tamaki
Bremen Town - Karl Kerschl
Give Me the Shudders - David Mazzucchelli
Azzolino's Story Without End - Craig Thompson


Chris Duffy is a writer and comics editor. He worked as Senior Comics Editor at the award-winning Nickelodeon Magazine for 13 years and currently edits SpongeBob Comics for United Plankton Pictures, as well as other projects. Chris was part of the board of advisors for Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s TOON TREASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN’S COMICS. His comic book writing includes scripts for BIZARRO COMICS, BIZARRO WORLD, SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, SCOOBY-DOO, WHAT IF?, RUGRATS COMIC ADVENTURES, and BATMAN CHRONICLES. He wrote comics strips for FAMILY DOG MAGAZINE. Comics that he has written and drawn have appeared in several anthologies, including AWESOME, AWESOMER, and DRAGONS! He lives with his family in Cold Spring, New York.
Gilbert Hernandez was born in Oxnard, California, and is the cocreator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the acclaimed comic book series Love and Rockets. Hernandez has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby Award, the Inkpot Award, the Harvey Award, and the United States Artists Literature Fellowship. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and daughter.
David Mazzucchelli is an acclaimed comic artist, best known for his collaborations with Frank Miller on Batman and Daredevil, his adaptation of Paul Auster's novel City of Glass, and his graphic novel Asterios Polyp.

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