Fable Comics Edited by Chris Duffy
Review by Lauren
Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: From classics like "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Grasshopper and the Ants" to obscure gems like "The Frogs Who Desired a King," Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics' Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
Review: I really like these collections, though I've only read Fairy Tale Comics before this. You can also check out Nursery Rhyme Comics. This book is full of comics from 26 different artists. Because of this, each fable in the book has a really different look. For those that aren't aware, a fable is a story (usually featuring animals, but not always) that leaves the reader with a message or something to learn. Some of the fables flat out tell you what you should take away (with a bit of humor) but not all of them do this. I like the mix; each artist does something a bit different!
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"The Hare and the Tortoise" by Graham Annable was also well done. All of these fables, even the ones you know well like this story, are changed by the artist and I really liked how Annable did this one!
While I liked many of the stories throughout, some I have to admit, I didn't quite get. Maybe you'll have better luck with stories like "The Dog and His Reflection" by Graham Chaffee than I did!
Great collection overall though!
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Romeo and Juliet by Ian Lendler and Zack Giallongo
Review by Lauren
Source: copy sent for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo . . . until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails.
Review: The Stratford Zoo did Macbeth already and now they are back with Romeo and Juliet. I really love that the author and illustrator of this book change up the classic stories to suit animals as well as a younger audience. For example, Romeo and Juliet is full of death and young couples secretly getting married and having sex. This is changed quite a bit in this graphic novel. For example, Romeo (a rooster) and Juliet (a bear) want to have play dates and not actual dates or weddings. As for the fighting, it is included and some of the characters do die, but nothing is really shown and it's not that violent.
I would definitely recommend these if you want to share Shakespeare with your younger children!