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Far Out Fairy Tales

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Stone Arch Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was some terrific fun!

Here we have five retellings of some very familiar tales, and the authors have made them more appealing (and empowering) to today's young girls.


- Cinderella longs to be a ninja. Her dream is not to marry the prince, but to become his bodyguard.

- Little Red Riding Hood uses her super powers to battle a big, bad wolf and save her granny, who just happens to be the President. Can she keep her true identity hidden from her mom?

- The Three Billy Goats Gruff (the only s
Adela Cacovean

As you can probably guess if you are familiar with previous read and reviewed titles, I can never get tired of fairytale retellings, that's for sure. Be them dark and gruesome or on the contrary, cute and funny, I'll think twice before refusing the chance to read them.

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Far Out Fairytales is a collection of classic tales with modern twists in a graphic novel format, illustrated by various authors. While I can't say I absolutely loved all five of
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This book combines all the previously released books into one big bundle of epicness. You have 5 stories and they all are changed so that the story is completely fresh and new again! We got a Cinderella who is a ninja (epic!), Snow White doesn’t have dwarfs but instead has robots, Red is a superhero, Billy Goats is Super, and Hansel & Gretel has zombies! Now doesn’t that sound epic, awesome and thousand times of fun? It does
I went into this expecting a young adult or middle grade graphic novel. What I got was a graphic novel more inline for a younger reader. My seven year old would have no problem reading this.

This is a compilation of fairy tale retellings; Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Billy Goats Gruff, and Hansel & Gretel. The authors did a great job of making this entertaining and interesting for both boys and girls. Cinderella is a ninja, Ninjarella. What kid won't find that awesome a
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

I received a copy of this book from Capstone on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Far Out Fairy Tales is a collection of fairy tales, in graphic novel form, that have modern twists, or really just twists in general on them. In a lot of cases it seemed the twists were made to make the stories more palatable for stereotypical male audiences and to remove and stereo typically girly elements from the
Pop Bop
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
An Entertaining and Intriguing Sampler/Collection for Younger Readers

Stone Arch Books has published a number of short, (40 pages), graphic novels under the general series name "Far Out Fairy Tales". The books have been written by a variety of authors, most of whom have some connection to the material or to the genre. While the books have been issued individually, this book collects five of the best in one volume. It's a great sampler, (each book is complete herein), and a good value, (five books
Lacey Louwagie
These short, graphic-novel retellings of popular fairy tales are meant for middle-grade readers, and unfortunately they have very little crossover appeal for an older audience. They all introduce something "far out" or "edgy" into the traditional fairy tales -- Cinderella is a ninja, Hansel and Gretel are zombies, Red Riding Hood is a super hero, etc. The problem is that these seem to be changes for the sake of changes -- there is nothing about them that hooks into the original tale and makes yo ...more
This is a cute collection of revised fairy tales, more up to date for kids, and perhaps that is the problem? They are trying to hard to be up-to-date? I have to say that some of the updates I really, really like. For example, Snow White is hated, not for her beauty, but for her intelligence. Cinderella doesn't want to marry the prince, she wants to be his personal body guard, and Little Red Riding Hood, is a super hero, who is not a bit afraid of the big bad wolf. These changes I quite enjoyed, ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Far Out Fairy Tales was a wonderful comic with a twist! It consists of different known fairy tales that have been modified and then at the end of the story you have the history of the said fairy tale. So, at the same time you get to enjoy old tales in a new way and then learn about the origin of the stories too. The comic introduces Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Billy Goats and Hansel & Gretel. All the stories have wonderful twists in them and amazingly so, they fit the stories we ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

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This is a collection of fairy tale retellings with a definite pop-culture flavour. Each fairy tale has been modernised with popular motifs, including zombies, ninjas and computer games.

Apart from the graphic novel format, the point of difference in this collection is a neat summary at the end of each story giving the differences between the modernised version and the traditional tale. While I found most
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It may definitely be for the younger audiences of comics, but this book is certainly one to consider. Five very wackily reinvented fairy tales get totally revised, so Cinderella wants to be a ninja bodyguard, not a privileged woman hanging off a Prince's arm, Snow White gets rescued by miner droids, Red Riding Hood has to do super-powered battle with a werewolf Mecha, and more. The weirdest twist is on Hansel and Gretel, which really does go all out to change the story in as many aspects as poss ...more
MC Bonet
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Most fairy tales retells are about making the stories bloodier or the characters sexier, but this collection does the opposite! It makes traditional female characters into strong leading ladies (girls, really). Love that positive message. More families should read these fairy tales to their children. I also loved that they did a comparison to the original tale, so that the reader who isn't familiar with them can see what was changed AND they included a brief history of the fairy tale. ...more
Emily Shaw
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This was such a cute graphic novel! I loved all the unique twists on classic fairy tales, making them more kick-butt and fun. This is perfect for readers of any age to enjoy. My only complain is that at the end of each story, there would be a page that would explain the differences between the original story and the new story. I don't think these were necessary since the differences and changes were pretty obvious. Overall, I hi
Holly Letson
Overall, this collection was somewhat enjoyable. I really enjoyed reading Snow White and the Seven Robots and Ninja-Rella. Only these 2 really stuck out to me. I could take or leave all the others.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an omnibus retelling of some fairy tales . They are funny, silly and some are down right wacky . I found the characters in each story to be lively and well written and the art work is amazing . I especially liked Super Bill Goats Gruff and Hansel and Gretal and the zombies .

Your kids will devour this collection in no time and will giggle and laugh all the way through. You will love the stories and the art work, I truly enjoyed reading these stories . So check it out you will not be dis
Krystl Louwagie
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't too surprised that this was disappointing. It feels way too gimmicky. I will agree with my sister that Snow White and the Seven Robots or something like that held the most potential. The art here isn't my thing, the stories aren't strong.
I particularly liked the video game three billy goats gruff- very entertaining- and the robot mechanic world of Snow White- very clever.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun and empowering! Cinder-ninja wants to be the prince's bodyguard, Snow White is the smartest of them all, and Hansel and Gretel are zombies!
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Thank you Netgalley for a copy!)

Want to tell the classic fairy tales but afraid of them getting stale? Easy, just mix them up with popular elements such as ninjas, superheroes, and zombies! Really fairy tale retellings are a favorite of mine and this one continues to do it's job of putting different spins on the classics. It doesn't hurt that this book has some big name talent behind these remakes such as Oddly Normal's Otis Frampton and comic legend Louise Simonson. Each tale has it's own uniq
Paul Franco
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
A collection of fairy tales “reimagined,” as that new word goes.
In a Japanese-influenced world—architecture, clothing, etc.—a girl from a very white family plays out the Cinderella story, fairy god-ninja and all. What makes this unique is that the girl doesn’t want to be a princess, but rather the prince’s bodyguard; she ends up leaving her sword instead of her slipper. Cute, but not a big deal. 3/5

Red Riding Hood, Superhero!
With a grandma who’s Hillary Clinton in the White House,
I’ve discussed here before how much I love retellings. So I was looking forward to reading this modern twist on fairy tales.

This contains 5 separate stories – retellings of Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Billy Goats Gruff, and Hansel & Gretel.

Ninja-rella. At this point, I think I figured out that this was geared for a much younger audience. (I knew it was for kids, but it might be best for early readers. Maybe early elementary school.) But the story was a decent retell
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley! I received a copy of this graphic novel for an honest review.

This was cute. I can definitely see kids enjoying this (my 3 year old did). Overall- it was well drawn. The Snow White story was drawn differently and I feel was very flat as compared to the others such as Ninja-rella or Billy Goats Gruff. I understand it was different illustrators. It was not badly drawn just that the style was very different from the others in this graphic novel and so it stuck out but not necess
Tonja Drecker
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of fairy tale retellings, I was thrilled to get my hands on this, and I was not disappointed.

The cover and title fit perfectly to what one finds inside--all the favorite fairy tales but from a point of view that is totally unexpected and tons of fun. Written in the good ole comic book style, each 'section' takes one fairy tale and tells it from a completely new direction. Cinderella the ninja wants to meet the prince, but not for the reasons those traditional tellings suggest. And Red
Sharon Tyler
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Far Out Fairy Tales by Louise Simonson, Otis Frampton, Benjamin Harper, Joey Comeau, and Sean Tulien is a graphic novel which is currently scheduled for release on April 1 2016. This middle grade graphic explores what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots and how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Readers can play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game, and chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a superpowered ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a graphic novel that reworks some well known fairytales. There are five tales in all, Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I really enjoyed some, but others were just okay.

In Ninjarella, Cinderella wants to become a body guard for the prince. She still has the stepmother and stepsisters as well as a ninja godmother, but that is where the similarities end. This story will be a hit with those who really want young girls to be true to t
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you enjoy fairy tales? Are you a reader who also thinks that updated versions and fractured fairy tales are cool? Then jump right into this collection, and you will have 5 of the most nontraditional retellings you may ever come across. Ninjarella doesn't lose a glass slipper; she leaves her special glass katana behind. Red Riding Hood doesn't have a poor sick granny; her grandma is President of the United States. The three billy goats Gruff wind up inside a video game trying to win the boss f ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ninjarella - who needs to dance when you can save the prince from assassins at the ball? But drat! She leaves her sword behind.

Snow White and the Seven Robots - The setting is "Tech World", it's not about beauty, it's about intelligence. The queen regents asks the satellite "Secret eye about the sky, who is the smartest that you spy?" Snow White "Sick robots are my specialty

Red Riding Hood, Superhero - By day, she's Ruby Topper. By night, she's Little Red Riding Hood, Superhero. She battles with
3.5/5 stars. I think I can get behind a zombie Hansel and Gretel XD.

Far Out Fairy Tales should be considered an anthology of fairy tales given particular twists. Each tale is written by a different author, with a particular care to endear young readers to look at a familiar tale with a different perspective. It’s a neat idea, one totally am enthusiastic over, especially when–as experience has it–my little voldies at school clamor for a familiar tale. My little voldies (charming little four-year-
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley. It has some fun, modern takes on old fairy tales. The drawing style is a nice mix between picture book and manga. It's a quick read with lots of humor. I especially enjoyed the updates to Cinderella and the Billy Goats Gruff though Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood were also nice tales. This would be a great gift to a middle grader or classroom for comparative literature and showing how you can give even the oldest classic stories a new spi ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Four fairy tales reimagined and told in the form of a graphic novel. There's a lot of humour in this and the beautifully coloured pages definitely catch the eye and keep you interested. The book would be a lovely introduction to graphic novels for younger readers but this 'big kid' was utterly enthralled too! Information about the origins of each tale was very interesting and the comparison pages just emphasised how cleverly the authors and illustrators have brought the stories right up to date. ...more
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Joey Comeau is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified, and as co-creator of the webcomic A Softer World (with Emily Horne).

Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics.