Fairy Tale Comics, edited by Chris Duffy, 128 pp, RL 2

Last year FirstSecond brought us Nursery Rhyme Comics, 50 timeless rhymes from 50 celebrated cartoonists. With Fairy Tale Comics, editor Chris Duffy has collected a mix of familiar and less-than-familiar fairy tales and enticed another superb group of cartoonists and artists to contribute. Artists from the world of kid's books, like Brett Helquist, Raina Telgemeier, Charise Mericle Harper and Eleanor Davis, author of amazing graphic novel The Secret Science Alliance, created the cover art along with a stellar cast of illustrators from the world of comics, including Craig Thompson, the author of Blankets, a stunning graphic novel for adults that will change what you think about graphic novels.

Besides the excitement of coming across fairy tales I have never heard of, I love the experience seeing how other people choose to interpret or tell a story. I had my 9 year old son test drive Fairy Tale Comics before writing this review and was happy to see him read it from cover to cover, intrigued by the stories he knew and those he didn't. In fact, he'd stop from time to time to read me portions that tickled him.

The range of illustrations is expansive, with styles ranging from flat and classically-styled cartoons to something elaborately rendered, as Brett Helquist does with Rumpelstiltskin. While there is a lot of humor in the stories, some are wordless and some are very wordy. In a nutshell, this is a diverse yet perfectly assembled collection that kids - and adults - will love.

Source: Review Copy


nopinkhere said...

OMG!!! Squee!!! Any other silly exclamation I can think of! We LOVE Nursery Rhyme Comics at our house, and I will definitely buy this one!

Tanya said...

Excellent! Look for BIG FAT LITTLE LIT by Art Spiegleman and Francois Mouly (of TOON Books). It's three books in one - LITTLE LIT: ONCE UPON A TIME, LITTLE LIT: STRANGE STORIES FOR STRANGE KIDS and LITTLE LIT: IT WAS A DARK & STORMY NIGHT. Like FAIRY TALE COMICS and NURSERY RHYME COMICS, there is an amazing cast of comic book and kid lit luminaries contributing to the volumes (Neil Gaiman, Harry Bliss, Crockett Johnson, Maurice Sendak, Ian Falconer, Jules Feiffer) and the price is amazing - $15 for all three in one!