REVIEWS+

The Night ­Marchers and Other Oceanian Tales

Iron Circus. (Cautionary Fables and Fairytales). Apr. 2021. 272p. ed. by Ashwin, Kate & others, eds. pap. $15. ISBN 9781945820793.
COPY ISBN
Gr 6 Up–Ranging in tone from sweet to chilling, 17 Oceanian tales, retold by primarily #OwnVoices comic creators, fill this robust addition to the “Cautionary Fables and Fairytales” series. One of the strongest entries, Yiling Changues’s “The Legend of the Coconut Tree,” tells the Maui coconut tree creation myth from the perspective of the slaughtered eel, casting the slippery creature as a sad, sympathetic, scorned king who lost his greatest love. Cy Vendivil’s “The Turtle and the Lizard” follows two scrappy characters trying to escape the clutches of hungry humans; a quick segment lays out the basics of Baybayin, an old Tagalog script. Iole Marie Rabor’s “Tabi Po” and Diigii Daguna’s “The Tyrant Has Horns” make excellent use of shadow and contrast to set a menacing tone. Though all the tales are rendered in black and white, they vary in artistic style, reflecting the diversity of the region. Nicole Mannino’s “The Story of Benito” has a traditional comic book look; the inspired shading in Sloane Leong’s “The Hula Mano” is eerie.
VERDICT Readers will want to revisit this collection. Many will be inspired to seek out other installments in the series and research the cultures from which these rich tales originate.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.
Sorry !!! Your comment is not submited properly Or you left some fields empty. Please check with your admin


RELATED 

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?