Red Riding Hood: The Graphic Novel by Martin PowellThis graphic novel tells the story Little Red Riding Hood or Ruby, as shes referred to in the book. However, the dark and mysterious tone is explicity set upon opening the first page. The setting of this version is in Transylvania with gothic gargoyles and a dark mood. The book has a very Nightmare before Christmas feel to it.
While the story is familiar to most, the graphic novel format will likely appeal to reluctant readers. The word bubble text and comic-like illustrations will entertain the struggling reader. The story does not seem carefully constructed, and may lose the audience. Specifically, some story elements, such as the plot, or sequence, may leave some readers confused or left with unanswered questions.
While the main character, Ruby, seems to lack a sense of self, and is a bit dense, she redeems herself in the end by using self-defense against the Big Bad Wolf. My second graders loved this version, it was unique, unpredictable, and humorous in some aspects. However, as an educator, I particularly enjoyed this book for the educational features it provided. The back of the book had a glossary with some of the unusual or interesting vocabulary, it also had an About the book section, which explained the history behind folktales, and it had an extension section, where the author provided writing and literacy extensions. Its an excellent addition to add to compare/contrast instruction!
Little Red Riding Hood dirty version
Little Red Riding Hood
Sign in. Mother is making donuts: She throws up a circle of dough, and a cat shoots a hole in it. Later, he fishes them out of the oil with a fishing line; he eats one, and loses all 9 lives. Votes: Betty Boop goes to Grandma's through the woods despite wolf warnings; but Bimbo follows and gives the old story a new twist.
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Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale's fairy godfather
In a time far ago when you and I were just kids, we paid rapt attention to whimsical stories told to us by our parents, our family members and storytellers like Jacob, Wilhelm, Hans and a genial man named Walt. They taught us about morals, imagination and the dangers of eating candy houses that kept our minds spinning, and in some cases, our feet tapping to the rhythm of catchy songs the accompanied it. And in an upcoming graphic novel anthology, these fairy tales and childhood fantasies are being mined for the humorous and farcical fodder for kids of all ages. These anthology graphic novels have been a growing trend in comics for almost ten years now, and California-based publisher Image Comics has emerged as the leading publisher for that. However, asking people to take time out of their schedules to do entire books was out of the question, so I suggested the idea of an anthology book with a Fairy Tale theme.