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Rumpelstiltskin: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin) Library Binding – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Series: Graphic Spin
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Arch Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434207684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434207685
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erik Valdez y Alanis was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and has been drawing since age 2. He uses his passion for art for illustrating, painting, and design work. Valdez has won a number of awards for his art including the L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for Illustrator of the Future in 2004. He has done illustrations for books, magazines, and CD covers. Today, Valdez has focused on comics including, most recently, The Sleepy Truth for Viper Comics. When he's not working, Valdez loves traveling, really good books, and chocolate cake.

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie A. Burton on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This version of Rumpelstiltskin is a perfect low level but high interest book. The story is the traditional telling of the classic with clear, bright illustrations. At the end of the graphic novel, the author includes a glossary, a short history of the story, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a website for further exploration.
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One of my favorite literary genres is the "retold" fairy tale -- a work that takes an old tale and tells it with a fresh spin, placing it in a new setting or telling it from the point of view of another character, or just fleshing out the bare-bones story of the original. Some of my favorite books come from this genre -- Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted," Heather Tomlinson's "Toads and Diamonds," Eowyn Ivey's "The Snow Child," Edith Pattou's "East," and Robin McKinley's "Deerskin" all fall in this category. Sometimes these retellings fall short of the mark, such as Sarah Beth Durst's "Ice," but for the most part I've found a lot of winners in this genre.

This graphic novel adaptation of "Rumpelstiltskin" tries to take the original story and give it a fresh spin... but in trying to revitalize the old tale, it ends up creating a number of plot holes.

Most people are familiar with the tale of "Rumpelstiltskin" -- a man lies about his daughter's ability to spin straw into gold, a strange little man does the task for her, and said man requests the girl's firstborn child in return unless she can guess his name. But this story tries to flesh out the original tale, and cast some of its characters in a more sympathetic light. In this retelling, a miller lies about his daughter's ability in desperation, knowing he owes a debt to the king and hoping his untruth will buy him some time to escape execution. The king is not gold-greedy, but simply so besotted with the miller's daughter that he keeps assigning her gold-spinning tasks in order to keep her around and, perhaps, woo her. And the miller's daughter is not content to simply let messengers perform the task of seeking the little man's name for her, but sets out to discover it herself.
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By B. Copeland on October 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My second grade students love the graphic novels. The pictures are wonderful, and the stories are written in comic book form. I try to buy some every few months.
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