Today’s review is of Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists!
My six year old has really found her reading groove now and has begun to devour books on her own at school and at home. I have really tried to keep the momentum going with frequent trips to Brazos Bookstore, Half-Price Books, our local library and Amazon.
I was sad to discover that her beloved Ivy and Bean series only went up to book ten and not book fourteen, like I previously thought, so I have been scrounging everywhere for something that will captivate her.
My older daughter loved graphic novels when she was in Kindergarten so I though that I would look around to see if I could find any that I had missed when she was younger. I came across Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists and upon closer inspection, I noticed that Raina Telgemeier, author of the beloved copy of Smile, was one of the various authors in this hodgepodge of cartoon fairytales.
Both my girls were instantly hooked and even though I bought this copy for my six-year old, my eight-year old snatched up the book whenever my little one put it down. As a matter of fact, I am doing this review from memory because I am quite positive that she has hidden the book somewhere in her room.
In this collection, there are seventeen fairytales. Some of the more popular stories are repeated. “Snow White” and “The 12 Dancing Princesses” are a couple that are already beloved by my girls. A few are given different endings by the cartoonists, such as “Rapunzel” and there is even a bonus; this book includes obscure tales.
Have you ever heard the tale of “The Boy Who Drew Cats”? Well, neither had I but with its superb illustrations and the cute storytelling, it is one of my favorite fairy tales now along with the “Prince and the Tortoise” from 1001 Arabian Nights.
The illustrators selected to put together in my girls prized-book this week bring tremendous talent and their very own style to each story. Some of the names are familiar; Brett Helquist, illustrator from ”A Series of Unfortunate Events”, and other names are ones to look out for in the years to come.
We look forward to sharing this book with our friends and we will definitely be passing it out as a birthday gift soon!
Go HERE to get it on Amazon.