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