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When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories...the best place by the fire was kept for...The Storyteller
Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present all-new tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion.
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Archaia Entertainment, LLC (first published September 27th 2011)
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Patrick
Dec 07, 2014 Patrick rated it it was ok
I'm a huge fan of the original Jim Henson Storyteller series done by Jim Henson Studios. So I picked this book up with hope (and a lot of nostalgia) in my heart.

And honestly, that's probably why I didn't enjoy this comic very much. The biggest tripping point was the fact that the original series was written by Anthony Minghella. Who was one of the best writers in the world. He had an amazing turn of phrase, and a brilliant understanding of story. Those are hard shoes to fill. What's more, he ga
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Stewart Tame
This was an interesting book: tales from around the world, adapted and illustrated by some of the finest comics artists and writers in the business. The Storyteller and his dog appear in each story to frame them and tie the whole book together. I find myself wondering why this seems to be just the one book? Surely, a concept like this could stretch indefinitely? The weakest tale in the book is probably the final one, "The Witch Baby," adapted from an unproduced Storyteller teleplay, which was li ...more
Chris
Disclaimer: Read via Netgalley.

I loved the Storyteller television show. Who wouldn’t? Jim Henson and fairy tales, awesome. This collection of graphic retold tales does follow the format of the lovely television show. The stales told in the comic are new and were not adapted in the series. The artwork is stunning, in particular with “The Crane Wife” which is the best done story of the lot.

Yet, the book is lacking something. Maybe it’s because I’ve read “Once Upon A Time Machine” which did it bet
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Wendy
Despite my love of Jim Henson, I never did watch his Storyteller series. I've made up a bit for that now with this collection of retold myths and legends by various artists and writers. Some of the stories are familiar, with new twists, while some might be a little more off the wall or new, depending on your background and upbringing. No matter the source material all of the stories are uniquely pieced together in this collection.

My favourite is the Puss in Boots retelling which firmly captures
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Roxanne
An amazing collection of fables and stories with roots stretching far back into time and faraway lands as it inspires one to tell their own tales and to see and understand the importance of stories.
Andi
Oct 25, 2013 Andi rated it liked it
As a fan of The Storyteller, I have to admit... I was rather let down by this book. Sure the art was gorgeous, sure stories were nice. But when you get to the real treat, the lost screenplay, you just sit there and ask 'why bother with all the others?'

The Storyteller is a very interesting character. The way he is written is that you're supposed to listen to his stories but at the same time, gain insight on who he is as a person. Why does he choose the stories he tells? The Storyteller allows the
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Melissa Graff
Jun 09, 2013 Melissa Graff rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of the digital ARC from Net Galley and was immediately blown away. I love the illustrations and the pages were easy to pinch and zoom on my Nook Color. I have never seen the TV series except for the Greek Myths special so I am sure many of the tales were retold but they were awesome fables and fairytales and I found myself unable to put it down. I read nearly the entire book in one sitting and finished it all in less than a day. This is a beautiful graphic novel adaptation. I a ...more
Chris
Dec 27, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
I wish I could rate this higher, being a huge Jim Henson Company fan. I'm just so tired of fables that could very well do with some updating for a modern audience, yet the "storytellers" in this case seem hell-bent on staunch, stuffy re-tellings. It's no more apparent than an anti-humanist bludgeoning device to the cranium. In literally every story, women and girls are portrayed as weak, dumb, or flighty, while men and boys are daring, adventurous, and successful. One story's moral is literally ...more
Bookstorequeer
I'm sorry to say that this collection was disappointing. I grew up with Jim Henson and I've watched the Storyteller segments countless times. So this just wasn't right, as another reviewer said. Some of them didn't feel long enough (the Storyteller's stories were a half hour), some didn't seem to have any sort of a moral or point beyond beginning-middle-end.

The one story I, without question, enjoyed and will read again was Puss in Boots. It was gorgeous, sweet, and interesting. (Although it didn
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Paul Mirek
Archaia has a reputation for lushly-produced high-quality all-ages books, and their works based on the Jim Henson properties are especially noteworthy. This collection takes one of the less high-concept series from the man's oeuvre, reviving an old anthology show of folk tales and myths from around the world told by an enigmatic being and his talking canine companion.

Some of the stories were familiar, if only by name(Puss in Boots, for example, which has much more of a romantic element than I'd
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Christyn
Jim Henson's The Storyteller was a nice little collection of retellings of classic tales and folk lore in graphic novel/comic style. This is a collection of 9 tales: "Old Nick and the Peddler", "The Milkmaid and Her Pail", "An Agreement Between Friends", "Old Fire Dragaman", "Puss in Boots", "The Frog Who Became an Emperor", "The Crane Wife", "Momotaro the Peach Boy" and "The Witch Baby". The artwork is lovely and full color, in varied styles and will appeal to people of various tastes.

I enjo
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Suz
Jun 04, 2014 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up watching The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock - it's hard not to be a Jim Henson fan. The characters and stories that came out of the Jim Henson studios were always entertaining. The tales in this volume are also entertaining and often have a moral to them, as many of the greatest tales often do. Presented by a variety of artists and writers, each story has its own style, yet they work well together as a collection. The inspiration for the stories comes from diverse roo ...more
Joshua Gage
Aug 04, 2014 Joshua Gage rated it liked it
A collection of short folk tales featuring Jim Henson's The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion. I like the idea of this book, but the tales read flat. The original storyteller series would combine two or three ATU tale types into one larger story, which made for a richer and well developed tale, and I was looking for that from these stories. With one or two exceptions, these are simply graphic retellings of basic (and common) folktales with The Storyteller as a clever accoutrement. Jim H ...more
Cale
Sep 07, 2015 Cale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel collects a number of fairy tales from across the world and presents them as if they were episodes of the classic TV series, complete with narrator introductions. The stories are strong overall, with even titles you think you know (Puss In Boots, for example) being different variations, even if the character is the same. I appreciated the breadth of stories included, avoiding the overused classics and definitely reflecting their origins. The art style is different by story, but ...more
Meran
"All stories are true to someone..."

I'm not sure how Jim Henson's name got attached to this collection, but it's artistically a lovely book. The StoryTeller is the Old Man with the Dog of the Fraggles Show. Doe very well, this is a collection of stories by many comic book writers and artists.

This book is a mixture of 9 tales:

Old Nick and The Peddler- adapted from an old Scandinavian tale by Roger Langridge - Crusty Bob is a peddler who can barely sell his wares; it's so bad the Devil approaches
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Laura
Jim Henson's The StoryTeller edited by Nate Cosby is a collection of 9 short fairy tales and folk tales in a graphic novel form. It's rated E for everyone - meaning it contains material suitable for all ages and may contain minor violence.

The artwork and author for each story is different. This interrupts the flow a little, but I think ultimately it serves the book. The change in art helps to emphasize the jump to the next story, and the art fits whatever story is being told. Everyone who reads
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Bluerose's  Heart
This book is told in comic book style. I’m not typically a comic book reading kind of person, but something about this one pulled my interest. It’s apparently based off a series of television programs, which shamefully, I’d never heard of before this book!

There are several different stories by different authors and illustrators, but with the common theme of the storyteller and his dog. There’s various fables, folk tales, and fairy tale-ish stories throughout with different kinds of morals attach
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
When I saw this I just knew I had to try it out. Jim Henson’s name carries a certain weight to me.I immediately think of the fun movies and shows from my childhood, and it reminds me of the quality of imagination and creativity involved.. The Storyteller is an anthology filled with folk tales from various parts of the world, each with a unique art style to accompany it.

This is a really cute graphic novel that centers around the Storyteller, who likes to collect and tell all manner of stories, an
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Anita Gomgal
Jul 29, 2013 Anita Gomgal rated it liked it
Gracias netgalley conseguí una copia ebook para hacer una de este comic.

En un solo tomo, tenemos 9 historias, todas de leyendas o historias de diferenter culturar, lo que aporta una rica variedad, y cada una de ellas está adaptada y dibujada por diferentes autores por lo que también encontramos una gran variedad de estilos de dibujo, en este sentido debería destacar el dibujo de la historia de "Puss in boots", "The Crane Wife" y "Momotaro the Peach Boy" que creo que son los más bellos y sencillo
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Paul Decker
Aug 08, 2013 Paul Decker rated it really liked it
***I was provided an ecopy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review***

I am a huge fan of all things Jim Henson. As a child, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock were two of my favorite shows. I also really enjoyed The Storyteller. Each episode would tell a different story, some from myths, some fables, and others taken from history. I even have the DVD set on my shelf right now.

This graphic novel was set up in a similar fashion to the tv series
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Stephen Huffman
Jan 18, 2012 Stephen Huffman rated it really liked it
The graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson's The Story Teller presents several new and charming fairy tales not featured in the series' short lived run. Through the character of The Storyteller, played on TV by legendary actor John Hurt (whose likeness is used in the graphic novel, though he is oddly not acknowledged), much of the charm of the television series is maintained. However, the shorter duration of the fairy tales in this collection and the seemingly random prefaces and epilogues remov ...more
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jun 14, 2013 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The StoryTeller was a live-action/puppet television series which originally aired in 1988 and was created and produced by Jim Henson. This book takes the characters of Storyteller and wise-cracking talking dog but brings all new stories to the mix.

Although the original series dealt mostly with obscure European tales. This compilation of the stories has a much more international flavor.

Each of the stories, of which there are 8, is drawn and written by separate people. So the artwork and story str
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Aimeekay
Jun 25, 2013 Aimeekay rated it it was amazing
I grew up on Jim Henson and the stories he told. So it was with great anticipation that I started reading The Storyteller.

I enjoyed all the stories in them. Some I was familiar with and some I wasn’t. There were also some that I was familiar with the name, but were changed. All of them were fun and interesting. Also they really reminded me of a lot of the Jim Henson work I had seen as a kid. So reading them brought back found memories.
To a lesser degree I enjoyed the artwork as well. Some of it
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Wayne McCoy
Aug 30, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've always loved fables and fairytales, and I loved the way the Jim Henson company did them right with The Storyteller series. Now a new graphic novel from the Jim Henson Company and Archaia Entertainment give us 9 new stories to be told at the fire by the storyteller and his dog.

Most of the stories are a few pages long, but the volume concludes with an adaptation of an unproduced Storyteller teleplay written by Anthony Minghella. There are stories from all over the world. Some are familiar, so
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Steven Shinder
Apr 05, 2016 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing
If you love the show Jim Henson's The Storyteller, then this is a must-read! I could hear John Hurt and Brian Henson again as I read through this anthology of old tales, which appear in different art styles. I love the back-and-forth between the Storyteller and his dog. And I really felt for some of the characters in the tales, and even those outside of the tales like the cat out in the rain.
Matthew Cox
Aug 02, 2014 Matthew Cox rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
While I love 'The Storyteller' tv series, I have mixed feelings about the book. The art was generally really nice, and I liked the idea of each story being illustrated by a different artist, but I found the actually stories themselves to be a bit average. It doesn't catch the magic of the series, which had it's amazing puppets and darker tone.

Great for kids (who are the obviously the target audience), but I personally found it unmemorable.

GateGypsy
Sep 14, 2014 GateGypsy rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, varied art, great stories, sage advice, a little terror, and a bit of good humour -- such a great combo!
I especially liked that the final tale was adapted from the screenplay of an unproduced episode (what a gem!) It certainly rang true-to-style.
Archaia, thank you so very much, from the bottom of my child-of-the-80s, Henson-loving heart <3
Elliot Schott
Jul 31, 2013 Elliot Schott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-own
This is a beautifully illustrated homage to the Jim Henson series, with several excellent adapted folk tales. The unproduced screenplay by Anthony Minghella very obviously maintains the original pacing of the show, if only being one of the darker stories that would have been made (which is totally fine, since the show didn't necessarily sugarcoat its source material, like other production companies). Only a few stories ever felt phoned-in, or otherwise failed to capture the feel of the show, but ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Jim Henson created The Storyteller many years ago as a television program. A group of writers and artists came together to recreate the magic in a graphic novel format. Each story can be enjoyed by a wide-range of readers from older elementary students to adults.

The book is setup in little chapters by each story. Readers can easily sit down and enjoy the whole book or enjoy little snippets as time allows. The art is wonderfully varied, so readers will be able to see different techniques and form
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Danielle
"A Storyteller is not only a teller of stories, but a collector of them as well."

Jim Henson's The Storyteller is made up of a collection of myths and legends from around the world. I am not familiar with the TV show, but was intrigued by the overall premise. I love reading myths/legends/fables. Some stories will be familiar to most and others are a new adventure. Each story is written and illustrated by different people, providing a wide range of different styles. My favorite by far was "Puss in
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I graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2004 with a BFA in illustration, my love of cartooning and comics has led me to where i am today.

I've done licensed work for DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic, Fraggle Rock and more. I love being a nerd, so being able to draw nerdy things for a living is the best thing ever.

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