Friday, September 25, 2015

Fable Comics

Fable Comics has lots of "bossy" stories that come with morals that should suit a variety of young readers. Some of the stories end with a twist, sometimes with a laugh and sometimes tears. Most of these tales come from the pages of Aesop's Fables, and there are lots of familiar favorites like "The Fox and the Grapes" and "The Ant and the Grasshopper," but there is a healthy smattering of more obscure others from India, China, Europe, and Angola.

The art styles range widely in this collection, with some of my favorite artists contributing pieces that show off their finely rendered artwork and storytelling. I have to admit that fables are not exactly my favorite kind of reading, but there are far more hits than misses here. Among some of the best entries:
"The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" by Tom Gauld
"Leopard Drums Up Dinner" by Sophie Goldstein
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Jaime Hernandez
"The Demon, the Thief, and the Hermit" by Keny Widjaja
"The Hen and the Mountain Turtle" by Gregory Benton
The all-star team of creators in this book, which also includes personal favorites Corinne Mucha, George O'Connor, R. Sikoryak, and Eleanor Davis, was assembled by editor Chris Duffy. He has also edited the volumes Fairy Tale ComicsNursery Rhyme Comics, and Above the Dreamless Dead. He speaks more about his work on Fable Comics in this interview.

All of the reviews I have read about this book have been favorable. Marissa Lieberman wrote for the School Library Journal, "This collection of humorous, child-friendly pieces should be a first purchase for school and public library collections." The folks at Kirkus Reviews gave it a starred entry, calling it "Funny, diverse, engaging." You can read more reviews and see more previews at the multiple sites taking part in the book's blog tour.

Fable Comics was published by First Second, and they have much information and a preview available here.

Thank you, Gina, for the review copy!
Words to live by! from "The Thief and the Watchdog" by Braden Lamb

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