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Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Hardcover – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932386424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932386424
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Hensen is best known for his work on the Muppets as well as his other creative works in story and film such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Sesame Street. The humor and whimsy of his characters have continued to entertain generations of children over the past 42 years.

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So cool to see the pictures and read stories to my kids.
Samantha Ventimiglia
The only difference is that some of the stories are quite simple while others are more complex, making for a variety of reading experiences.
GraphicNovelReporter.com
Boober is so unlike a Fraggle, he tries to become a Doozer!
K. Chris

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fraggles look a lot like Muppets, for the simple reason that they came from the same creator: Puppeteer and genius Jim Henson, who created the Fraggles in the 1980s and endowed them with a spacious underground kingdom and a variety of companion species--Doozers, who love to work all day; Gorgs, large, unwieldy creatures whose back yard is home to Fraggle Rock; a human named Doc; a dog named Sprocket; and a talking trash heap named Marjory.

The children's show Fraggle Rock ran from 1983 to 1987 and has popped up in reruns frequently since then. There seems to be a pretty devoted fandom, but for those who missed it, this graphic novel starts out with short introductions to the characters and the world of the story, so anyone can follow along.

"Graphic novel" is a misnomer; this book is an anthology of short stories by an extraordinarily talented group of writers and artists who are just beginning to come into their own: Bryce P. Coleman, Leigh Dragoon, Neil Kleid, Joanna Estep, and Eisner nominee Jeremy Love. Anthologies are usually a mix of stronger and weaker stories, but every page in this book sings. The only difference is that some of the stories are quite simple while others are more complex, making for a variety of reading experiences. Although the artists use different styles and techniques, the character designs are consistent across the book, so even new readers will have no trouble telling who is who.

The first story is an excellent introduction to the characters and the overall world of the Fraggles: Gobo, who is sort of the leader of the Fraggles, gets into an argument with Red, the hyperactive second lead, and they dare each other to spend the night in "outer space," the yard outside Fraggle Rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Chris on July 3, 2012
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I absolutely loved this collection. The decision of the comics all being done by different artists and authors really brings out the spirit of the original show in many facets, like a colorful gem!

The illustrations are never disappointing and each style is highly unique yet faithful to the appearance of the original characters. The storylines are all brilliant and will please even die-hard fans, and the back of the book has nice special activity pages (specifically geared toward children).

What I'd like to do is present to you some comments on each story; hopefully I will showcase what stands out about each one:

"A Throne of My Own" - with interestingly angular renditions of the characters, the art style is very digital in feel but also possesses a distinct vibrance. The story itself relies heavily on a character dynamic familiar to fans--the constant competition between Red and Gobo, which of course gets them into trouble once again.

"Time Flies" - Katie Cook's Fraggle art is one of my favorites. It's very kid-friendly, with rounded, flat, simple depictions of the characters that are just adorable. Red Fraggle takes advantage of a pocket watch that finds its way into the Rock and uses it to force her friends into competition.

"Different Tastes" - A pleasing art style with a lot of movement and beautiful line work--not as distinct as either of the previous ones, but quite pretty. Uncle Travelling Matt encounters a dump truck.

"Party, Doozer Style!" - The Doozers have never looked so cute! It's also nice to see that like the show, the comics take care to delve into the worlds of the separate species that are connected through the Rock. Cotterpin tries to introduce the idea of a "party" to the workaholic Doozers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Ventimiglia on March 22, 2013
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So cool to see the pictures and read stories to my kids. Fraggle rock was my favorite as a child and I am glad to add this book to our collection!
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