Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy


Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told By Extraordinary Cartoonists (edited by Chris Duffy)

Review by Lauren

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copy sent for review, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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.

Review: This collection of fairy tales is the perfect gift for any fan of the original tales. Instead of merely hearing the story, you get wonderful illustrations in a variety of styles to add enjoyment. I could see families reading these aloud or older readers perusing them on their own. No story is particularly long so it's perfect to grab and read when you only have a few moments of free time (or to use as a fun bedtime story for the younger crowd).

As each story is told in the comic format, it reads quickly and keeps your attention. Every story is written and/or illustrated by a different artist so you're always getting something new. Some drawings are more cartoonish, while others are detailed such as the story Rumpelstiltskin by Brett Helquist.

One of the most unique stories in the bunch is probably Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Graham Annable as there are no words. Instead, the illustrations give you plenty of details to understand this classic tale. Obviously, this is one that would be harder to read as a bedtime story (unless you added in the words yourself) but it's a nice addition to the book.

I also loved that each story includes where the original came from. Most of the stories included are, of course, from the Brothers Grimm but they did try and mix things up and I found many stories I wasn't aware of before. Examples of the latter were The Small Tooth Dog by Charise Mericle Harper that came from the English tale as told by Sidney Oldall Addy and Rabbit Will Not Help by Joseph Lambert that came from the Bre'r Rabbit tale as told by Dora Lee Newman.

Definitely an enjoyable collection! It includes plenty of tales to excite any fairy tale fan!

18 comments:

bermudaonion said...

My sister would probably love that book!

Erika said...

As a fairytale lover I know that I would adore this! :)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I'm not a fan of fairy tales to be honest. They never worked for me, not even when I was a kid. But my daughter is and I'm always on the lookout for something lovely for her to read.
Thanks for the review. :)

....Petty Witter said...

A big fan of fairy stories I'm intrigued by them being presented in comic format.

Liviania said...

I'm currently reading and enjoying this one. But man, it's hard to review anthologies. You did a good job!

elena said...

oh, I LOVE the idea of this because I'm a huge fairytale fan! this looks lovely and fun.

Brandi Kosiner said...

that is really neat that it includes the original info

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

You had me at illustrated by different artists! Oh just for that I need to pick this up and peruse the book. :D

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Oh, my daughter might like this! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Fairy Tales are fascinating and I would love to read this to find out more about the origins. The Three Bears story with illustrations only sounds interesting!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

The cover alone makes me happy!

GABY said...

I love fairy tales and this books sounds perfect for me :)

Giselle said...

Aww I love fairy tales and this sounds adorable!!

Candace said...

I would like to see the illustrations. I will admit, I hate reading these. I like the pictures, but reading comics aloud isn't easy because we usually depend on the illustrations so I have to point out that they bump their head or whatever is happening. It kind of ruins it. But I don't know, I'm still kind of curious about this cause I love the cover!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for sharing it.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I'm a huge fan of fairy tales so this is a great thing for me. I need to get myself a copy and then one day I will read the stories for my little niece :)

Melanie said...

Just gotta love fairytales! Lovely review, hon! <33

Lauren Elizabeth said...

I love fairy tales and this format sounds amazing! Definitely need to check this one out. Thanks for sharing. Lovely review!