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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