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Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy | SLJ Review

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FableDuffy, Chris, ed. Fable Comics. 124p. First Second. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626721074.

Gr 3 Up–This title rounds off the successful Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011) and Fairy Tale Comics (2013, both First Second) collections, which contain short tales adapted by popular cartoonists. The majority of the fables in this installment are from Aesop, but there is also a sampling of selections from countries including Angola and India and famous writers such as Ambrose Bierce. Fables lend themselves well to graphic novel format, and the cartoonists do an excellent job of keeping the morals of the stories intact while providing a modern update by changing the setting or putting their own spin on these classic tales. Most notable are those adapted by “Olympians” (First Second) author George O’Connor, which make clever use of the Greek god Hermes. Avid graphic novel readers will recognize the bold colors, thick-outlined characters, and stylized font of James Kochalka, creator of the “Johnny Boo” series (Top Shelf) in “The Fox and the Grapes.” VERDICT This collection of humorous, child-friendly pieces should be a first purchase for school and public library collections.–Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

This review was published in School Library Journal‘s July 2015 issue.