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The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A genie just wants a chance to grant a wish to the frog who accidentally let him out of his lamp—meanwhile, the frog just wants to be left alone. A witch is tormented by the cheerful (and awful) singing of a persistent bard, but when she finally snaps and turns him into a rock, he just keeps on singing—somehow the power of terrible music overcomes all magic. A wizard wants ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by First Second
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Jill Kenna
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this!

I cannot say how much I loved this book! All of the stories were fantastic and the artwork is gorgeous!!! There were four new fairy tales" Hop, Hop, Wish, The Singing Rock, The Sorcerers New Pet, and Ogreish Art. I really can't pick which one was my favorite, I loved them all! I don't want to give away what any of the stories are about (although you may have a guess form the titles) so this review will be pretty short. If you are a fan of fairy
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Rachel
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really visually engaging book. The colors are so bright and cheery, and the illustrations are well suited to the tone of the stories, which are short, easy to follow, and fun. I will be looking out for other books-- especially illustrated ones by this artist.
Becky B
A collection of short graphic novel fairytales.

The first story in this collection is “Hop Hop Wish” in which a frog accidentally frees a genie, and the genie doesn’t know how to please this new master. There are definite elements of this story that are fractured parts of Aladdin and Frog Prince. The contentement of the frog and preference for simple pleasures is refreshing. The second story is “The Singing Rock” about a witch who can’t stand any kind of music and is notorious for turning everyo
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Melissa
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A comic-style collection of four fairy tales explores a world of magic and mischief with bright, bold illustrations and humor for young and older readers alike. The stories include a frog attempting to escape a genie determined to grant wishes, a musician who annoys a witch so much that she turns him into a rock, a conniving wizard whose own devious plan backfires, and a painter who discovers the beauty in the world. Each is approximately 20 to 30 pages in length and is, true to the title, brand ...more
Anam Cara
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute little graphic novel intended for children, but I believe that adults, too, would enjoy the story lines.

The book contains four short tales similar to classic fairy tales but with a twist to them.

Hop Hop Wish is about a frog who hops on and therefore rubs a magic lantern which produces a genie who wants to grant him 3 wishes.

The Singing Rock is about a musician who always sang and annoyed a local witch.

The Sorcerer's New Pet tells of a sorcerer who is envied by the King's chief
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Tesha Ham
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this book because I was hopeful it would be something my daughter would enjoy as she loves reading fairy tales together. I personally found this book quite intriguing when seeing it because it is rare to find a book that isn't just rewrites or reprints of Anderson's, Grimm's, or Aesop's tales. While I truly enjoy the classics, finding something my daughter and I have never heard of or read is a wonderful prospect. The art is this book is not only beautiful but very unique which ...more
Priscila Patatas
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you #netgalley and #firstsecondbooks for the free e-book!

This ARC was provided for review, but in no way affects the following impartial and unbiased review:

4*
Pros: Lovely and vibrant color palette. Super cute illustrations and character concepts. PoC leads. Wholesome short stories with interesting endings. Honestly, a great introduction for middle-graders to graphic novels.
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Cons: Unfinished ending to the first short story, which coincidentally was the one I was most invested in.
Lynn
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Graphic novel, chapter book/picture book for the Gr. 2-6 set?? Not sure how to describe this one but I loved it! Bright funny and also gorgeous illustrated stories tell 4 slightly twisted fairy tales that are joyful hoot.

Perfect for the child who will appreciate the humor. I think middle school kids would love it if they'd be brave enough to look past the young appearance of the book. Besides being wonderful fun, this would make a GREAT writing prompt.
Christy Broderick
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book! I loved the beautiful illustrations, the new stories, and the morals behind each fairytale. I had heard about this book on NetGalley and then had seen it talked about on Instagram - so happy that I got a chance to read it!

I look forward to more GNs by this author and illustrator ☺
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Em
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I expected there to be a little more to this set of brand new fairytales. It was very visually appealing and the stories were fine, but something was missing for me.
Veronica
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute and very colorful.
Sarah
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I loved these original stories as well as the art!
Katja
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Simini Blocker’s illustrations so much.
Erin
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a digital ARC for review. Review to come.
Munro's Kids
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All these stories were funny, fresh, and enjoyable! The pictures were bright and animated, and overall I think this would be a great addition to the "tried-and-true" collections out there. ~ Emilee
Kazia
Jul 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: gn-comics
The stories didn't do a whole lot for me, but Simini Blocker's art always brings me joy!
Carrie Griffin
This is a very cute collection of Fairy Tales that I really enjoyed reading. I have been waiting for this since I first heard that it was going to come out. It did not disappoint.
Dana Gisser
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute book of new fairy tales, I especially loved The Sorcerer's New Pet but they were all very cute and creative stories. My only complaint was that the speech bubble font was a little difficult to read (the E's all looked like B's to me at first) but other than that the artwork was stunning and so was the storytelling! These are really cute and I can't wait to be able to use this book in story times!
Raymond Library
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hilarious new take on old fairy tales. Just when you thought you knew the story... wham... the tale surprises you.
Shauna Yusko
Meh. Could be egalley. Want to see final book.

Graphic novel fairy tales.
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