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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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Top Customer Reviews
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. But as the old saying goes, it's not the destination, but the journey that's important. Bravo to whoever came up with this idea and to those who saw it through. This will be a treasured piece of my collection of books for years to come.
I am a huge fan of all things Jim Henson. As a child, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock were two of my favorite shows. I also really enjoyed The Storyteller. Each episode would tell a different story, some from myths, some fables, and others taken from history. I even have the DVD set on my shelf right now.
This graphic novel was set up in a similar fashion to the tv series episodes. Each story is bookended by the Storyteller himself and his dog. They even come up within the stories as well sometimes. I like the interactions between the Storyteller and his dog.
Many authors and illustrators contributed to this graphic novel. There is a lot of diversity in the type of stories. Some of them I was familiar with, but most of them I had never heard of before. The style of each story is also different. The art is different and unique for each story. Some are more cartoony while others have a realistic feel.
If you are a fan of Jim Henson or even just fables and fairytales, this is a book for you. This would be a nice book to read to a young child, each night reading a different story. This would be a perfect introduction to comic books and graphic novels. I give this graphic novel a 4/5.
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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