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Jim Henson's The Storyteller HC Hardcover – December 27, 2011

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Jim Henson's the Storyteller
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393244
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Zealand-born cartoonist Roger Langridge (1967-) has been producing comics for over twenty years. Works of note include the Harvey Award-winning MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER; other works include his own self-published title FRED THE CLOWN, which was nominated for a number of Harvey and Eisner awards back when he was young and beautiful, and the Eisner Award-winning Lewis Carroll-inspired series, SNARKED!. Langridge lives in London with his wife, two children and a box full of his own hair.

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I just received the book and inhaled it.
I loved all the stories, I loved that each one had different artwork.
So reading them brought back found memories.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Small on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a long time fan of the TV series, Jim Henson's The Storyteller, I was both thrilled and skeptical when I caught wind of a graphic novel under the same title due out, especially upon being told it was in hardcover. After the disappointment that was Tokyo Pop's Return to Labyrinth, I really didn't want to put money down on another attempt to recapture my childhood interests. It just so happened that I was in a bookstore that HAD a copy, just one, and I took the opportunity to flip through it.

Not even half way through, I'd already decided it was worth it.

This is one of the few times that you'll be GLAD it's in hardcover. The artwork within is so beautiful, charming, and delightful that you'll want something durable that you can read again and again. (And lend to your friends!) The printing is *amazing*, with the color just swirling off the page, bringing life to each artist who illustrates a different story. (Of which there are nine tales in total.)

The only story that I felt had only okay-ish artwork completely made up for it by being the only tale told from *the dog's* point of view! Which highlights the other half of this book: the writing. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Each writer has captured the banter between the storyteller and his dog, the mystery of our favorite man by the fire, his joy in telling us the tales and of course, how clever he thinks himself by the end. Everything I loved about the TV series is all right here, only to have the wonder of Jim Henson's puppets and the actors replaced with the magic of art and the written word.

As for the stories themselves, most of these will feel familiar to anyone who claims to be a fan of fairytales. You'll see where most of these are going pretty quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CreativityLover04 on May 10, 2012
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I just received the book and inhaled it. The different types of new stories and their unique art styles were gorgeous, and our beloved Storyteller's dog continues with his commentary throughout the tales. A must-have for fans of the series - I can't wait for volume 2!!!
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Format: Hardcover
The StoryTeller was a live-action/puppet television series which originally aired in 1988 and was created and produced by Jim Henson. This book takes the characters of Storyteller and wise-cracking talking dog but brings all new stories to the mix.

Although the original series dealt mostly with obscure European tales. This compilation of the stories has a much more international flavor.

Each of the stories, of which there are 8, is drawn and written by separate people. So the artwork and story structures vary wildly. Some lyrical and sweet, others more anachronistic modern retellings of more familiar stories (e.g,. Puss in Boots). As such, it really is akin to having a collections of 8 random fairy tale/myth books under one cover. Even the Storyteller and the dog are redrawn for each story - losing a lot of the flow in the process.

This does mean the tome is very uneven. Some of the stories and even art feel rush and underdeveloped. Others are so beautiful that they end of really highlighting the weakness of the others. But as a whole, this collection does make a beautiful bedtime type of reading - especially I feel for younger kids. Other than Puss in Boots, the stories will likely be unfamiliar to children so they won't balk at the retelling/changes/liberties taken in the stories by the authors/artists.

For me, the book is worth the purchase for the beautiful work done on the Puss in Boots tale. Both the retelling and the artwork are incredible - I kind of wish the whole book was done in the same style and by the same author.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is told in comic book style. I'm not typically a comic book reading kind of person, but something about this one pulled my interest. It's apparently based off a series of television programs, which shamefully, I'd never heard of before this book!

There are several different stories by different authors and illustrators, but with the common theme of the storyteller and his dog. There's various fables, folk tales, and fairy tale-ish stories throughout with different kinds of morals attached. Of course, there's some I liked better than others. The same goes for the illustrations. Each one also has various levels of corniness! ;) There's one story of a cat that turns into a man for love, and one where a woman gives birth to a frog that has knowledge of everything under the sun. Ha! Do you know those stories where suddenly your brow wrinkles up as you proclaim(if only in your mind), "What?!"? You'll do that a great deal with this book! Some of the stories are wonderfully weird, but some of them are just plain weird, like the witch baby one! In that story there's a baby with iron teeth that eats her family. She's shown with fingers in her mouth, like it's a carrot. It seems more in line with the "original" fairy tales, back when people weren't quite so squeamish.

Overall, if you're a fan of comic book style stories and different kinds of fairy tale-ish stories, I'd give this one a try. My feelings are pretty mixed, but overall, I kind of liked it.

*I was provided a review copy through Netgalley.
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