Review to come later, but know it's a good book about a Jewish grandmother telling her granddaughter about how she fled Paris in 1942 as a young girl.Review to come later, but know it's a good book about a Jewish grandmother telling her granddaughter about how she fled Paris in 1942 as a young girl. It's told with kid gloves, which fits perfectly with the story....more
A couple years ago I read and loved Nursery Rhyme Comics, a fabulous, updated look at beloved nursery rhymes wiOriginally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.
A couple years ago I read and loved Nursery Rhyme Comics, a fabulous, updated look at beloved nursery rhymes with the cartoonists and illustrators making them their own. I was really excited to see the same editor put together another collection, this time tackling fairy tales.
Fairy Tale Comics includes more than fifteen different fairy tales, from well-known ones like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White,” to lesser-known ones like “The Prince and the Tortoise” and “Rabbit Will Not Help.” Some of the cartoonists and illustrators followed the tales as we remember them while others took liberties and transformed them into something new.
One of my favorite tales is one that was transformed. Raina Telgemeier tells the story of Rapunzel, and it begins like the original Brothers Grimm story, with a pregnant woman craving some rapunzel from her neighbor’s garden. The husband crawls over the wall to steal the rapunzel but he is caught and has to pay the price of his daughter, who is named Rapunzel, taken by the neighbor, and locked in a tower. We’re all used to where the tale ends, with a prince rescuing Rapunzel, but Talgemeier tells it a little bit differently. In her tale, Rapunzel rescues the prince by turning her hair into a lasso. It’s adorable and a great twist on the tale that kids will love.
Another great tale is one I was unfamiliar with – “The Boy Who Drew Cats.” This is a Japanese tale that Luke Pearson illustrates and it’s about a giant rat goblin who takes over a tower and a young, little boy who likes to draw cats. The boy only wants to draw cats. His father tries to get him to do multiple different things, but he just always ends up drawing cats. You can probably guess that his cat drawing comes in handy with the rat goblin and he becomes a hero. The story is very cute, but the best thing about the story is the little boy. He just continually says “I like drawing cats.” I couldn’t help but laugh at how cute he was and how, no matter what situation he’s in, he just draws cats. It’s a great, adorable introduction to this tale.
One of the best tales is one that is told through the illustrations alone. Graham Annable uses no text in telling us the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” It’s easy to follow Goldilocks as she eats porridge that’s too hot (fire comes out of her mouth), too cold (she shivers), and just right (she devours it). When she goes to the chairs and the beds, the illustrations continue to easily show us why she likes one over the others. And in the end, when she’s discovered by the bears, her reaction is perfect and the bears reactions cracked me up. This would be a fabulous story to show kids and then challenge them to draw a tale using no text.
I did like Nursery Rhyme Comics more than this collection because the cartoonists and illustrators seemed to take more liberties with the rhymes. But this collection is still great and gives a fun, new introduction to some of these tales. I hope there are more collections in the future, but what will they take on next?...more
Absolutely adorable. It will take mere minutes to read, but the story is so dang cute. And the illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka are awesome. I love hisAbsolutely adorable. It will take mere minutes to read, but the story is so dang cute. And the illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka are awesome. I love his work just as much as LaRochelle's....more
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel: sweet, innocent brother and sister are almost eaten by an old hag lOriginally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel: sweet, innocent brother and sister are almost eaten by an old hag living in an amazing house made of candy and cakes. Or at least this is the story we were told, but our parents lied to us. Adam Gidwitz sets us straight in A Tale Dark and Grimm.
Gidwitz lets us know that Hansel and Gretel were sweet children, but they had to flee their home after their father cuts off their heads. Of course they were put back on (whew!), but would you want to live with that man? Me either.
Hansel and Gretel are forced to become stronger when they leave their home because they get into a lot of sticky, bloody situations. They are transformed into animals, killed and brought back to life, and, my favorite, sent to hell where they outwit the devil. Who knew Hansel and Gretel were such badasses? Adam Gidwitz knew.
Gidwitz’s tale is cute, funny, and full of gore. He cleverly weaves Hansel and Gretel into some Grimm fairytales we’ve heard over the years, and some that may be new to us, and they literally go through hell to try to find their way to a nice, safe home. The stories are great, but what’s also great is Gidwitz talking to us throughout the stories to clarify some things and warn us of what is coming, right from the beginning:
"This story is like no story you’ve ever heard. You see, Hansel and Gretel don’t just show up at the end of this story. They show up. And then they get their heads cut off. Just thought you’d like to know."
He also warns us of how gory this story will get:
"Are there any small children in the room now? If so, it would be best if we just let them think this really is the end of the story and hurried them off to bed. Because this is where things start to get, well . . . awesome. But in a horrible, bloody kind of way."
And he continually warns us of this bloody story, which I know will just make kids want to turn the page even faster:
"Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, you should go ahead and rehire that babysitter that came by for the previous story. Make her take the little ones out to a movie this time. A G-rated movie. Or an R-rated movie, for that matter. Whatever it is, it probably won’t be as bad as what you’re about to read. I know, you don’t believe me. “How much worse could things get?” you ask. Believe me. Much worse."
Gidwitz’s tale will capture both boys and girls, and those of us who are far from young. It’s clever, funny, and a charming retelling of the Grimm tales, and yes, it’s bloody. You’re forewarned. ...more
Regardless of age, many of us probably know the same nursery rhymes. I think I was always partial to “Three BliOriginally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.
Regardless of age, many of us probably know the same nursery rhymes. I think I was always partial to “Three Blind Mice” and “Humpty Dumpty,” though I have no clue why I liked the idea of the poor egg not being able to be put back together again.
While designed for kids, Nursery Rhyme Comics, with fifty different cartoonists taking a stab at the beloved rhymes, is great for both young and old. The whole time I read it I was smiling, not only because the old rhymes were brought to life, but because some of the cartoonists took cute and hilarious liberties with the rhymes.
Most of the comics are just two pages long, but some of the cartoonists create great stories in those two pages. Mo Ho turned “Hush Little Baby” into a dad getting more and more frustrated that the gifts he buys his little girl never work. The frustration of the dad and mischievousness of the adorable girl, with glasses way too big for her face, is priceless.
The animals in Bob Flynn's “Little Boy Blue” get away with everything, even poker night, while little boy blue sleeps the day away. The images of the boy sprawled over the haystacks still make me smile.
The one that made me laugh out loud was James Sturm's take on “Jack Be Nimble.” Jack turns to the reader and scolds us for wanting him to jump over a candlestick. The sight of his little burnt bum as he walks away is so damn cute.
“Hickory, Dickory, Dock” by Stephanie Yue is also really cute. She turns the table on the tale of the mouse being spooked by the clock. In her version, the clock only rings because of the mouse and a mallet as big as his body.
Nursery Rhyme Comics is a sweet, cute, funny collection. It’s great to see what the cartoonists have done with the nursery rhymes and some of them have me intrigued enough that I will seek out other things they’ve created. ...more
I met Katherine Paterson over the summer and had her sign a copy of this book for my niece for Christmas. I quick read this before I wrapped it and II met Katherine Paterson over the summer and had her sign a copy of this book for my niece for Christmas. I quick read this before I wrapped it and I cried like I did when I was a little kid. So good....more