Good morning everyone!
I am here with some more graphic novels that I’ve read recently. I find graphic novels a great thing to wrap up in mini reviews and they’re always super popular blog posts! I found this series totally by accident and I raced through 4 of them very quickly and I think they’d be really popular – I can’t wait to take them into school and share them with my kids! I think they’re going to love them!
This series, Far Our Fairytales, is a brilliant series which retells the Brothers Grimm classics in graphic novel form. They’re always with a bit of a tweak, but keeping many of the original story elements! Each graphic novel includes info on the original tale, a guide to the story’s twists, and visual discussion questions to critically engage readers (which I ABSOLUTELY died about when I saw them for the first time!)
Let’s get going!
Ninja-Rella – Joey Comeau
Cinderella’s stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderella yearns to become the Prince’s personal bodyguard. When the opportunity to prove her worth to the Prince finally arrives in the form of an invitation to a royal costume ball, Cinderella’s stepmother won’t let her go! But this time around, Ninja-rella isn’t going to take “no” for an answer..
This was the third of the series I read, but I actually think this might be my fave in the series (that I’ve read so far… I’ll let you know my actual fave when I’ve read the whole series – I’m not entirely sure how many of them there are!) Ninja-Rella tells the Cinderella story but with added awesome sword-fighting-ninja-ness! There’s the usual Cinderella story as we all know her: tragic loss of her mum, new wife for dad, Cinderella has horrible stepmam and step sisters, she’s not allowed to go to the ball… However, in a wonderful twist here, Cinderella doesn’t want to MARRY the prince; she wants to be his bodyguard! She’s got some mad ninja skills and she wants to go to the ball to show off her sword-skills to him! She doesn’t end up losing a shoe at the ball, but something else! I loved how she was a badass ninja and that was her strength – it’s great to see! The artwork by Omar Lozano in this was great.
Red Riding Hood, Superhero – Otis Frampton
While taking a tour of Area 54 with her grandmother, the President of the United States, little Ruby Topper discovers a mysterious little alien carrying a red hood. When Ruby dons the crimson cape and cowl, it grants her AMAZING SUPERPOWERS! But will her newfound abilities be enough to save the White House — and her grandmother — from the rampaging Big Bad Wolf-Bot?
As with Ninja-Rella, this is the story we know, reimagined and my what a glorious reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood this is! Grandma is president of the USA; Red is a superhero and the wolf was actually a man. When the man was bitten by a wolf, he became a werewolf and he is now terrorising the land with a Bad Wolf Bot. Can he outsmart Little Red and foil her day of going to visit Granny for her birthday? Let’s just say, one should never try to outsmart THIS young girl because you WILL lose. This, like Nina-Rella, I proper adored: I’d LOVE more from Superhero Red. This was loads of fun.
Rapunzel vs Frankenstein – Martin Powell
After a chemical spill in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, Rapunzel’s hair has grown to extreme lengths . . . and it’s alive! But her long locks weren’t the only thing animated that stormy night. A lightning strike also shocked life into a clay figure. Now Frankenstein is locking the two away, promising to cure Rapunzel while secretly plotting to use his creations to become famous. Can Rapunzel and her friend ever escape the mad scientist’s tower?
This installment of the series is a fusion of the story of Rapunzel with the exploits of Dr Frankenstein. In this one, Dr Frankenstein has ‘magic’ and he uses it to make things come to life. When one of his experiments goes wrong, Dr Frankenstein ends up bringing Rapunzel’s hair to life! What follows is Rapunzel’s tower, fear of Dr Frankenstein’s creation (not the Frankenstein monster we all know!) and how when something might seem like a disaster, it can ome out good in the end! This one was good fun! I really like how there’s elements of the original stories (Rapunzel’s tower, Dr Frankenstein bringing things to life), but they’re flipped on their heads to make something original and interesting! The illustrations by Omar Lozano are just gorgeous and so so vibrant!
Private Eye Princess and the Emerald Pea – Martin Powell
Detective Princess King is taking on her toughest case yet: find the “pea” a priceless emerald that’s disappeared from Mrs. Snell’s jewelry collection. But as Princess searches for clues, she discovers that Snell Manor holds many mysteries — from secret passageways to a towering bed of stacked mattresses. Can Princess use her sleuthing skills to solve the crime and prove she’s the best private investigator in town?
This was the first of the series that I’d got my hands on and read and it started off my love for this series. It was such an original idea and such a brilliant concept that I needed to get the rest of them. This one was a retelling of The Princess and the Pea with like a detective style mystery thrown into it to spin it on its head. When one of Mrs Snell’s emerald peas goes missing, Princess King (detective thankyouverymuch) is drafted in to solve the mystery! I really enjoyed this! This could be a great one for introducing children to the story of the Princess and the Pea, to this series or to detective/mystery stories!
Phew! That’s all for now! I’ve just had a quick google and it seems there’s like 16 of these books, so I’ve got a fair chunk to arrive! (I’m currently waiting for a few more to arrive ha!) I can’t wait to see what my kids think about this series!
Have you read any of this series?
What fairytale/traditional tale would you like to see spun on its head?
Can you recommend me some more fairy tale books spun?
Talk to me in the comments!