Fairy Tale Comics


Oh boy, have the girls and I had fun at bedtime lately!  We received a lovely set of books for Christmas, but I'm so sorry I didn't check this one out from the library before now.  This book would have been under the tree for sure, I'm telling you.


Fairy Tale Comics [edited by Chris Duffy, First Second, 2013] is one of the coolest read-aloud experiences we've had in ages.  These fun, irreverent interpretations of well-known and lesser-known fairy tales are so well done.  There are some amazing cartoonists at work here, including Brett Helquist (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Charise Mericle Harper (Fashion Kitty, the Just Grace series), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels), and Luke Pearson (the Hilda comic books).  You can see a full list of who illustrates what at the First Second Books blog.



Our new favorite tale is "The Boy Who Drew Cats."  The original tale is fine, but it's even more entertaining when retold and drawn by Luke Pearson.  You can read it at the Macmillan website.  I think "I really just want to draw cats" will become a catchphrase in our home.  "Honey, the railroad is calling."  "Awww...  I really just want to draw cats."

I just put a hold on Nursery Rhyme Comics, the predecessor to this book.  This one I'm going to keep through Thursday.  I plan on choosing a few of these tales to read to Big Sis's second grade class!

And yes, I will do voices.  I do many voices.  Muwahaha!

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  1. I am not good at doing voices when I read. I should give it a try LOL My sister in law always does the best and most ridiculous voices and the children LOVE it! The comics looks fun! I had to laugh at the drawing of Snow White munching on that apple and the tiny little Red Riding hood with the casual wolf!

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    1. The cartoons in the book are awesome! Both of those were Big Sis's favorites, illustration-wise. Although Goldilocks was pretty cute, too.

      I go overboard with voices, but I really went crazy with this one. Bedtime was very loud!

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  2. These look awesome! I love doing different voices, but sometimes get into trouble when I forget what a certain character's voice *should* sound like and one of my kids demands that I use the "right" voice. Hahahaha!

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    1. Omigosh, I do that! Actually, when the girls and I started reading the Oz books again, and I went to do the voice for the Pink Kitten in the fourth book, Big Sis stopped me and said, "No, Mom, that's the voice of the Glass Cat." We hadn't read the books together in forever, but she remembered my Glass Cat voice! I had to come up with something new fast, because I couldn't remember what voice I used for the pink kitten the first time!

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  3. AAAAAHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAHAHAAA! I have to buy this. I have a book buying problem. Whit gave me the Nursery Rhyme version for Christmas. I am totally in love with it. AND NOW I MUST HAVE THIS ONE TOO! What holiday is coming up? Have I any excuse to buy it for myself....

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    1. Yeah, it's me Robyn (obviously not husband Trapper... I haven't been active online for too long)

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    2. Haha! Coolness. My husband doesn't even have a Google account.

      I can't wait to read the Nursery Rhyme version. Mr. B and I have been walking around saying, "I just want to draw cats" all morning. I'm thinking this one will the girls' Valentine's Day gift from us this year.

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  4. i wrote you on FB about this -- I have it and forgot to give it to J for Christmas! (too many books. it's a problem.) Isn't it so so cool??? She's going to love it, she's way into both fairy tales and comics right now so this is pretty much perfect. I had no idea that there was a nursery rhyme version!

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    1. I recognized the Nursery Rhymes version as soon as I saw it on the website, because Leonard Marcus does the introduction for it, and I try to read most of his children's literature histories and interviews. (READ MINDERS OF MAKE-BELIEVE!!!) I'm so glad the library system has it, too. Just have to wait until it heads to my branch!

      J will love this one! It's a blast!!!

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  5. We have Nursery Rhyme Comics - its great. Its one of those books I ordered when I started becoming aware of all the graphic novels out there and graphicy stuff. My boys LOVED it, way more than i expected. I can't buy this though, I have bought too much recently!

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    1. I understand that! I will wait and see about Valentine's Day. I can't buy anything else, either, especially so soon after Christmas! :)

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  6. I LOVE this! On the wishlist for sure (I can't buy it now either, but I will at some point)! For me it's doubly challenging though- to do the voices AND the translation at the same time! :)

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    1. Oh, goodness, I'll bet! I wondered how you did it, if the girls were being raised to know English, too, or if you have to translate everything as you go along. WOW.

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    1. It's fabulous. I read it to the 2nd-graders today. We accidentally went overtime. They begged me to bring it back next week, so I guess I'll renew it!

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