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Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,633 ratings  ·  375 reviews
From favorites like "Puss in Boots" and "Goldilocks" to obscure gems like "The Boy Who Drew Cats," Fairy Tale Comics has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and more.
Edited by Nursery Rhyme Comics' Chri
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by First Second
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Quick telling of fairy tales in graphic novel form. The art was interesting and colorful. They chose some unusual tales and ones everyone knows. I liked the artwork.

I enjoyed: The Boy who Drew Cats - funny, Baba Yaga, Give me the Shudders and 12 Dancing Princesses. They were unknown to me and I enjoyed new tales. I also appreciated Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White.

It's good to read these classics as a graphic novel. Fun Times.
Steph Sinclair
I loved this book and the different spin the cartoonists put on these old stories I grew up on. The artwork is different for every story (17 in total) and some of them are really funny. Here were a few of my favorites:




Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed in this comic anthology until I read the afterword. FAIRY TALE COMICS achieves what it sets out to do: illustrate the big tales and only a few obscure ones. FAIRY TALE COMICS is truly a collection for children, who aren't so familiar with the tales or expecting of subversion.

Editor Chris Duffy lined up a fantastic group of creators. I fell in love with Luke Pearson's work after reading HILDA AND THE MIDNIGHT GIANT for the Cybils last year, and his "The Boy Who Drew Ca
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Editor Chris Duffy chose the fairy tales to be included in this book by trying to have a mix of well-known tales, some non-European stories, and a mix of male and female protagonists. Each tale is illustrated by a different artist, each in their own style. Some of the things I really enjoyed were the female lumberjack in Little Red Riding Hood, the headdress on Snow White's evil stepmother that looked like horns on her head, the wordless version of Goldilocks, and the Bremen Town musicians on st ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as much fun as its companion Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists, which makes sense. nursery rhymes being more enigmatic and so more conducive to playful reinterpretations. Most of the stories drawn here are told straight, which can be good if your children, like mine, could use a basic fairy tale literacy boost. My favorite was "The Boy Who Drew Cats" by Luke Pearson. ...more
Dov Zeller
This was a really fun anthology. From "Sweet Porridge" by Bobby London to "Azzolino's Story Without End" (a great place to end). I found the whole thing a delight.

And I'm excited to have been introduced to Gigi D.G. and her online comic Cucumber Quest (which I'm about to check out.)
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
When I was in elementary school, I distinctly remember how popular Jon Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales was. Managing to get a hold of it at the school library was pretty much impossible, because everyone wanted to read it. I can easily imagine Fairy Tale Comics being similarly popular with the intended audience. The stories are light-hearted and funny, though with just enough of the cruelty of the original tales to delight kids, because, let’s be honest, children ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cartoon/comic readers. Fairytale lovers.
Recommended to Ashley by: Found at Library
3.5 Stars

This is a collection of fairy tales that many of us are already familiar with illustrated and written by some wonderful comic artists. This is a collection of 18 wonderful stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading these comics: however, I wasn’t floored by them. To me, this collection was just good. Not great, not excellent, but good. These were very fun to read, but I’m glad I didn’t spend money on the collection.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a story by each Craig Thompson and Emily C
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining read! I love when authors/editors put a new spin on an old tale and this book features seventeen traditional stories. I think graphic novels like this one are great for introducing readers to a new format with a familiar story. I had only encountered one of the cartoonists before checking out this book (Raina Telgemeier, who is awesome!), but I found several new favorites! Gilbert Hernández's Hansel and Gretel was so adorably abrupt with the witch's demeanor that I actually ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
• I thought it did a great job fracturing some of the fairy tales. I was however disappointed that I didn’t recognize as many of the short stories as I was hoping. Out of the 17 stories, I only knew 6 of them. This makes it hard to compare the tales with the originals if you have never read them. Even though these are fairy tales, the graphics are somewhat freighting which make it hard to use with first grade.
• Writing with focus on fractured fairy tales, grades 1-7
• (2013, Sept 1). School lib
I swear, the artists Chris Duffy gets for these anthologies do their very best work for him. People who do serious, sometimes hard to read long-form work like Habibi (Charles Thompson), Skim (Jillian Tamaki), and Asterios Polyp (Dave Mazzuchelli) let loose with all the humor and charm that they sometimes withhold from their main work. On the other hand, artists like Charise Mericle Harper and Raina, who are almost always fun and charming, add a little smidge of arch and sass to their pieces in t ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection classic fairy tales offers a mix of well-known and lesser known tales. From the Brothers Grimm tales to Charles Perrault’s Puss in Boots to the 1001 Nights , this wonderful compilation varies in style and kind. Included are folklore tales from Europe, Russia, Japan, and America. Also included is a list books and websites for further exploration into the realm of fairy tales. This assortment of tales makes for a fun and interesting read for anyone who appreciates make-believe.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fabulous collection of classic fairytales graphically revisited. Each is a unique retelling of an original with fabulously different illustrations to match. I enjoyed some more than others, but as a whole it is a wonderful collection.
Miss Lasko-Gross
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very well curated collection,not a turkey among the cartoonists chosen.
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fairy tales are part of our DNA. They tell us we can be brave; great evil can be defeated; and sometimes things work out in unexpected ways. They are the stories we tell – and retell – in every generation. From campfire storytelling to bards to Disney, fairy tales have shifted in response to time and circumstance, becoming the stories that need to be told - or retold. Oral storytelling is intricately linked with tradition of using images to tell stories, whether through cave drawings, tapestries ...more
Abigail S
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was umm... Interesting. I don't have much to say because it was weird. All the fairy tales in the book were not the same stories I was told. Some of them I just did not know like Babayaga or Give Me The Shudders. Sometimes there were little side remarks in the book that made me laugh. I would recommend this to no one because they twist the stories a little and it can get boring.
Logan D
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this. It included different cartoonists for each tale and each tale originated from different cultures and different parts of the world. These fairy tales had good life lessons and they are very easy to understand. This is a fun and quick read!
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun book that is exactly what the title says it is: multiple fairy tale comics. Some of the comics I enjoyed more than others and I'm sure most of those were because of the art.
Favorites are:
12 Dancing Princesses: I was surprised to realize after reading this one that it is by an artist I am already familiar with. I read all of her short online comics a few months back, but didn't make the connection until reading her bio at the back of the book. I really do recommend her comics
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fairy Tale Comics is a collection of fairy tales, re-imagined (and re-imaged) by various cartoonists- Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Craig Thompson (Blankets), and Brett Helquist (A Series of Unfortunate Events) to name a few.

The tales span from Grimm's Fairy Tales to Russian and Japanese folktales to Bre'r Rabbit tales from the South. The variety of illustrations is amazing, each with its own qualities. Some are narrative, some are mainly dialogue, some are wordless. Speaking of dialogue, "Hansel &
Barb Middleton
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I had problems seeing the text in this graphic novel. I bought it on the Kindle and the format would not let me enlarge the font and it only had the landscape option for a two-page spread. I need one of those ornate magnifying glasses they sell in Taiwan for older people who can't read the tiny Chinese characters on labels. Never had a book make me feel old before. Nose pressed to the glass, I will remember my eye strain more than the stories. While there were some funny fairytale twists, I thou ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this version of classic tales very enjoyable. The illustrations in this graphic novel are phenomenal and really hold the reader’s interest. I heard most of these stories when I was younger however; there was one that was unfamiliar to me. This unfamiliar story was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story starts with twelve princesses who all share the same bedroom. Each night they are locked in their room yet, in the morning their shoes are worn like they have been dancing the night away ...more
Valerie Barnhart
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1) These fairy tales are rewritten in simplicity with illustrations. The story is very clear with the characters thoughts and speech in bubbles with clarification as to the speaker. The stories were easy to follow and understand by following the panels. There are seventeen stories in the text. Each one is illustrated and adapted by different people. Some of the comical adaptations were creative in the depiction of the bad guy or modern touches to an older tale. This adds to the value of the text ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seventeen familiar and lesser-known fairy tales get the graphic treatment in this comic compendium. Following on the heels of Nursery Rhyme Comics, Duffy has chosen nineteen well-known cartoonists to put their spin on tales from Grimm and other cultures. Favorites like “Rapunzel”, “Hansel and Gretel” and Rumpelstiltskin are featured alongside "Give Me the Shudders", "The Prince and the Tortoise" and "The Boy Who Drew Cats". From the wordless “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to the over-the-top “ ...more
Apr 16, 2015 added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fairy Tale Comics

1)This is a collection of different fairy tales by different cartoonists. Some are easier to read then others (an easier example would be “Little Red Riding Hood”; a more difficult piece is “The Small Tooth). But since each story is short, students should be able to breeze through the easy ones and focus a little more on the harder ones. Most of the stories are also familiar so that would help with comprehension, although a few are unfamiliar so pose a positive challenge.

Maeghan K
While I did, overall, enjoy all of the comics in this collection, I really loved the depictions of these tales in particular: The Boy Who Drew Cats, Puss in Boots, The Prince and the Tortoise, and Bremen Town. I had never even heard those stories before!

I loved seeing art from Jillian Tamaki (of This One Summer fame) and Brett Helquist, whose artwork is just lovely. It was nice to see a piece from Raina Telgemeier, but I don't think her contribution is enough of a grab to recommend to Smile fans
This is jam-packed with big name artists and the fairy tales highlighted range from the well-known to the lesser-known. I loved how different each of the artists approached their story telling -- some packed in most of the fairy tale into their work while others edited to very essential elements. Like any compilation, some were better than others, though they were all worthwhile.

My favorites included:

- "Hansel and Gretel" by Gilbert Hernandez (The ending actually made me laugh because of how w
Fairy Tale Comics takes several old tales and translates them into graphic format. The tales include Puss in Boots, 12 Dancing Princesses, Baba Yaga and many many more. I like the graphic format and think it works really well for fairy tales. However, I feel like some of these tales have been shortened or abridged or just plain changed. It kind of seems like that takes away some of the magic of the tales. I think the illustrations are outstanding though. They are diverse and really fit each of t ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I can see it now: the kids at the library will LOVE this book. Graphic novels are quickly becoming all the range and we cannot keep comic books on the shelves (especially during these summer months.) How nice it will be to add this to the collection

My favorite feature was that each comic/story was done by a different cartoonist. It makes the reader want to see story after they can see the different styles of pictures.

Another thing I liked bordered on a dislike. There was variety of
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars for this, but I'm giving it 5 because of the way it offers a new version of old tales. It's a nice mix of European and nonEuropean stories, and it mixes male and female protagonists. These aren't parodies or "fractured" tales; they are simply adaptations to a visual format. Many of these stories stem from oral traditions, and some of these fluid tales have stagnated in a fixed printed form. Now, this collection breathes new life into centuries-old characters by g ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, arcs, fairy-tales
Well this was just fun! It's the perfect combination of graphic novel and fairytale anthology. In this book, you will find the well-known fairytales, but you'll also find a few you might not know about.

For instance, I had never heard of "The Boy Who Drew Cats" or "The Princes and the Tortoise." The stories are well told; they are simple but do not leave out the major elements. I think the format of this book makes each of these fairytales accessible to all readers. The combination of illustraio
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