Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A quirky and vibrant mix of visually reinterpreted fairy tales compiled by the editor of the Eisner-nominated Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011)." -- Kirkus Reviews
Jon Scieszka on Fairy Tale Comics
Fairy tales and comics! This was meant to be. Like peanut butter and jelly, nuts and bolts, rhyme and reason.
Editor/writer/artist Chris Duffy has assembled a wonderfully diverse group of fairy tales - from classic Grimm and Perrault to non-European gems - and challenged the coolest bunch of graphic storytelling artists to bring them to life.
The result is a collection of absolutely powerful, funny, and pleasing fairy tales ... in the most kid-friendly form.
I was enchanted by Gilbert Hernandez's fresh retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thrilled by Luke Pearson's The Boy Who Drew Cats, and tickled by Charise Mericle Harper's The Small Tooth Dog.
But that's just me.
There is something in Fairy Tale Comics for every kid. Sweet and sour, rhythm and blues, kit and kaboodle.
About the Author
Sweet Porridge! - Bobby LondonThe 12 Dancing Princesses - Emily CarrollHansel and Gretel -Gilbert HernandezPuss in Boots - Vanessa DavisLittle Red Riding Hood - Gigi D.G.The Prince and the Tortoise - Ramona Fradon & Chris DuffySnow White - Jaime HernandezThe Boy Who Drew Cats - Luke PearsonRumpelstiltskin - Brett HelquistRabbit Will Not Help - Joseph LambertRapunzel - Raina TelgemeierThe Small Tooth Dog - Charise Mericle HarperGoldilocks and the Three Bears - Graham AnnableBaba Yaga - Jillian TamakiBremen Town - Karl KerschlGive Me the Shudders - David MazzucchelliAzzolino's Story Without End - Craig Thompson