Sleeping Beauty: The Graphic Novel
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Sleeping Beauty: The Graphic Novel

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Once upon a time, an evil faerie cursed a young princess. On her fifteenth birthday, the princess pricked her finger on a spindle and fell into a spell of sleep. Trapped behind poisonous thorns and guarded by deadly zombies, only the bravest soul can awaken her. Otherwise, she will live forever in eternal slumber.
Paperback, 33 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Stone Arch Books (first published January 2009)
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This variation was a little too short for my taste and not very descriptive.
While I love graphic novels, particularly of the dark and twisty variety, this one had one specific section that was so bordering on plagiarism from Disney's version that it was embarrassing. Just using synonyms to replace words does not make the sentence your own.

Powell’s Version: “The Princess shall indeed grow in beauty and goodness, deeply loved by all who know her. But on her fifteenth birthday, she will cut her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel . . . and she will die!!”

Disney’s Ver...more
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but I loved the small twists to the tale that this graphic novel rendition spun to keep it new and interesting. The drawings were incredible unique and drew my eye when I first looked at it. I can only compare it to that of Tim Burton. The characters have big eyes and the overall feel of the graphic novel is darker.

I absolutely enjoyed reading the History of Sleeping Beauty at the end of the book as well as glancing through the discussion questions and w...more
The illustrations in this one were so weird (I hated the characters' eyes, the prince's in particular), and didn't do a good job showing perspective so sometimes I couldn't tell what exactly was happening in a panel. Combined with one of the lamest fairy tale stories, this is probably my least favorite of the graphic novels so far.
The story is the traditional telling of the classic with clear, bright illustrations. At the end of the graphic novel, the author includes a glossary, a short history of the story, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a website for further exploration.
For the gloomy gothic young reader. Nothing remarkable, but a decent effort with a nice glossary in the back.
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Martin Powell is the author of hundreds of science fiction, mystery, and horror stories. He has worked in the comic book industry since 1986, writing for Marvel, DC, Malibu, Caliber, Moonstone, and Disney, among others, and has been nominated for the coveted Eisner Award. Martin also writes children’s books, and frequently contributes prose for many short story anthologies. He resides in Saint Pau...more
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