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Tall: Great American Folktales

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Four larger-than-life American folktales come alive in this collection of comics from award-winning creators and rising stars! The tall tales include Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Capstone
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I've always loved tall tales because of their exaggeration and since there's just enough material that can be believed as well as stuff that's simply over the top. This graphic version of four classic American tall tales serves up Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed in a delicious style. From Paul's devotion to Babe the Blue Ox to Bill's larger-than-life stance to Johnny's focus on the simple pleasures in life to John's heart of gold and strong work ethic, each of the men p ...more
Tall tales are uniquely American folklore--full of swaggering heroes with adventuring spirits and a fondness for the land. Award-winning authors and illustrators retell the stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed. I think graphic novels are the perfect format because the exaggerated art meshes perfectly with the over-the-top tales.
Graphic shorts about Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed. I especially enjoyed the section after each folktale explaining the fact and myth behind each folk hero.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I love folklore and I love the Graphic Spin series put out by Capstone Press.

This is an omnibus collection of four previously published single volumes in the series, gathered together in this affordable trade paperback edition. An attractive, sturdily bound volume, this will make the perfect purchase for the home while the individual volumes are more suited to libraries and classrooms. I enjoyed all the stories and really have never been disappointed with anything from this l
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Misty at The Book Rat is having a graphic novel week over at her blog, y’all! In honor of that, I decided to read and review Tall: Great American Folktales edited by Donnie Lemke. I grew up with these stories, and had a ton of fun reading them now.

Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed are all four stories that I remember reading as a child, and Tall covers them all. I enjoyed all of them even though they are definitely meant for readers on the younger side. I think Pecos Bill
Sharon Tyler
Tall: Great American Folktales,
edited by Donnie Lemke is a children's graphic novel retelling some
favorite American tall tales. It is set for release on February 1
2012. The tales of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny
Appleseed come to life on the pages of this volume, entertaining and
teaching the next generation classic stories of early America. The
authors involved in the project include Martin Powell (Paul Bunyan
and Johnny Appleseed), Sean Tulien (Pecos Bill), and Stephanie Peters
Paul  Hankins
"Have you ever read a tall tale?"

The first narrative box in Lemke's collection invites younger readers to thought capture a little bit about Tall Tales. Perhaps this will be their very first visit into this genre that exists across cultures, but seems to have a truly American feel. Americans love to tell stories about heroes of old, and Lemke's collection makes for a super introduction to some of the more familiar icons. The graphic novel format makes for fun approach to stories that are meant t
Vidya Tiru
I requested this for review as I grew up reading comics in India and love the way comics tell the stories – they are after all picture books with lots more pictures and wonderful dialogs.
This request was definitely worth it – this collection of graphic novels that tell tall tales is delightful while being educational as well. Since I have not read the original tall tales and/or other versions of these tall tales, I cannot attest to how true they stick to character, but then again, they are tall
Sue Morris
Four American folktales come alive in this collection of comics from award-winning creators Aaron Blecha, Martin Powell, Lisa K. Weber, Sean Tulien, Nelson Evergreen, Stephanie True Peters, and Michelle Lemoreaux. Tall includes the following stories: Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed.

Tall: Great American Folktales is a comic anthology retelling the story of these four legends. Each tale is 34 pages in length with illustrations that are often as tall and colorful as the ta
Barbara Brien
The pictures make these re-tellings of the old tall tales approachable and fun. Not that the stories themselves are less than fun; they are pretty awesome. But I remember very little of the texts that I must have read in school. John Henry and Johnny Appleseed are my favorite now, although I have a feeling that I might have preferred Pecos Bill back in the day.
loved! great pictures, great stories, great theme. our american tall tales teach us in an awesomely exxagerated way what is really great in ourselves. as someone who is surrounded by kids every day at work, it pains me that these tales are being told less and less in our schools and not being carried on through the next generation. who doesn't love big blue?? who doesn't feel good about how kind johnny appleseed was for all his life? and who doesn't admire good old paul bunyun who beat that dirt ...more
Tall: Great American Folktales is a wonderful retelling of the tall tales of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed in graphic novel format. It is sure to be a hit, as well as fit a requirement in the TEKs, here in Texas. The illustrations are superb and the stories true to the old tales. Tall recreates the tales in a ways that the reader will remember them for years. This is a definite purchase for my early elementary library.

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This is a fun and appealing introduction to the legendary characters of some of America's best known tall tales. All are well-done, though I will admit that I didn't particularly care for the Paul Bunyan illustrations. They suit the story well enough, it's just that I found the other illustrations more visually pleasing. This would be a solid choice for boosting a collection of introductory tall tales.
Lemke's take on tall tales are quirky, funny and a blast to read. This graphic novel would be a great addition to any traditional literature collection and kids will definitely like it allowing them to be exposed to America's traditional lit- tall tales.
Great collection of tall tales in comic form! Captures the stories vividly and with appropriate and pleasantly overstated art!
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