Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review of "Fairy Tale Comics," edited by Chris Duffy

Review of

Fairy Tale Comics, edited by Chris Duffy ISBN 9781626725065

Five out of five stars

 In this book, highly rated cartoonists retell some of the classic fairy tales. Many will be familiar to the general audience, for example there are expressions of “Hansel and Gretel,” “Puss in Boots,” “Snow White,” and “Rapunzel.” Lesser known tales such as the Japanese, “The Boy Who Drew Cats,” the Russian “Baba Yaga,” and the Italian “Azzolino’s Story Without End” are also included.

 Since a different artist drew each story, the artwork varies widely. However, while the differences are clear, the fundamental structure of the stories comes through. It is interesting to compare artistic styles from one story to the next.

 This is a book to be recommended for several features. The primary one is that it contains graphic renditions of several international fairy tale stories. They are educational, as one can learn a great deal about a culture by reading their ancient fairy tales. Presenting them in graphic form makes it much easier for the reader to read and comprehend the stories.

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