Review: Fairy Tale Comics

Fairy Tale Comics

Fairy Tale Comics

Edited by Chris Duffy

Find it at: Your Library | Your Local Bookstore

Published: First Second Books, imprint of Macmillan (September 24, 2013)

Recommended reading age: 6 – 12 years

In a nutshell: In the fashion of Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists (mentioned here!), comes Fairy Tale Comics, a compilation of celebrated graphic artists and illustrators and their interpretations of timeless fairy tales from around the world transformed into colorful, energetic comic panels. It’s the perfect gateway book into graphic novels for those unfamiliar with reading them. Like reading books with text, readers of graphic novels develop preferences in genres the more they read them. But with graphic novels you also tend to develop a preference in illustration style. At least that is what happened with me the more I read. If you or someone you know is curious to dive into the world of graphic novels, but don’t know where to start, this book is an ideal introduction. One can thumb through a sampling of modern cartoon storytellers depicting tales we all know and love. Where Nursery Rhyme Comics can also be entertaining for a younger, pre-K crowd, there are a few tales in Fairy Tale Comics that are for the older crowd (6 & up). If you’re familiar with the grim nature of original fairy tales, then you understand why. My 3-year-old loves reading these, but I’m selective as to which ones we read together (FYI).

Fairy Tale Comics

You could be 7 or 77 and find a tale that captures your eye. Who knows, it may foster a relationship with an artist that guides you head-first into the wonderful world of graphic novels.

What if you’ve read Fairy Tale Comics? Now What?

Here are a few children’s books by artists featured in the book that are totally worth checking out:

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

(Fairy Tale: The Boy Who Drew Cats)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Brett Helquist, illustrator for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

(Fairy Tale: Rumpelstiltskin)

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

(Fairy Tale: Rabbit Will Not Help)


Drama by Raina Telgemeier

(Fairy Tale: Rapunzel)

Bean Dog and Nugget

Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper

(Fairy Tale: The Small Tooth Dog)

This One Summer

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki COMING MAY 2014

(Fairy Tale: Baba Yaga)



Source of book reviewed: Review copy provided by the publisher.


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