From classics like "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Grasshopper and the Ants" to obscure gems like "The Frogs Who Desired a King," Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists.Read more...
From classics like "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Grasshopper and the Ants" to obscure gems like "The Frogs Who Desired a King," Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics' Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
- ISBN-13: 9781626721074
- ISBN-10: 1626721076
- Publisher: First Second
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 128
- Reading Level: Ages 6-9
- Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Duffy adds to his stellar series of traditional tales reimagined by renowned graphic storytellers. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, the artwork is uniformly excellent and the writing is sharp. In these 28 mostly familiar fables (largely from Aesop, with a smattering from other sources), the characters are so engaging that when the fables end abruptly—as fables tend to—it’s tough to let them go. How can readers resist the charm of Maris Wicks’s nerdy sprat, who shares information about cetacean biology while trying to bring peace to warring dolphins and whales (“Might I also add that the artist has drawn our skirmishing cetaceans with human arms... preposterous!” he grouses)? Or James Kochalka’s lunk-headed fox: “Happy little foxes love sweet juicy grapes! Is today my secret magic birthday or something?” Visual styles range from Simone Lia’s stylized graphic shapes to R. Sikoryak’s dead-on tribute to Krazy Kat’s George Herriman and Jennifer L. Meyer’s gauzy baroque set pieces. Readers who first encounter these fables through this collection may be disappointed when they go back to the originals; they’ll seem dry by comparison. Ages 6–12. (Sept.)