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Review: Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors

Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors; Stone Arch Fairy Tales Volume Two
Fairytale Retelling, Graphic Novel
Paperback $12.95 (176 pages, STONE ARCH BOOKS)
Five of the world's greatest fairy tales are retold in the popular and attractive graphic novel format. Beautiful, bold illustrations give these timeless tales a modern edge. The stories include Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Thumbelina.
(Releases August 1st, 2011)
Publisher Site: http://www.capstonepub.com/default.aspx

Fairytale Fun and Facts! (4 stars)

Since I can remember I've enjoyed fairytales but not just the classic versions... I adore fresh twists and retellings. As a parent I've enjoyed discussing with my children how a tale can be changed and told in a different way but still be the same story at heart. Getting my hands on a copy of SECRETS, MONSTERS, AND MAGIC MIRRORS was exciting because not only does it retell five classic favorite fairytales, it's also in a graphic novel format. Which I like to think of as a modern picture book.

After each retelling a history about each gives interesting details into the origins and more on each. The retellings themselves aren't very far from the originals which I think works very well for the age range the book is intended for. The illustrations are what really make this retelling lovely. The different artists bring special flair to the stories they worked on and each felt well suited to their tale. My personal favorites were the stylings in Rapunzel and the similarly beady-eyed dwarves contrasted with the rest of the characters of Snow White.

Overall this is a great addition to any library for younger readers and in my honest opinion a nice introduction to graphic novel styling for little girls.

Notes: Review Copy received via NetGalley.

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