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What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a super-powered Red Riding Hood!


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What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a super-powered Red Riding Hood!

30 review for Far Out Fairy Tales: Five Full-Color Graphic Novels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    An omnibus collection of five previously published graphic novel retellings of fairytales by Capstone. These are wild, silly "far out" pastiches and written by familiar names who often write for Capstone. I was thrilled to find "Oddly Normal" author Otis Frampton among those names but his ended up not being my favourite, that honour goes to "Super Billy Goats Gruff" by Sean Tulien. The art is superb throughout and while a few different artists' work appears it is mostly cohesive together, only o An omnibus collection of five previously published graphic novel retellings of fairytales by Capstone. These are wild, silly "far out" pastiches and written by familiar names who often write for Capstone. I was thrilled to find "Oddly Normal" author Otis Frampton among those names but his ended up not being my favourite, that honour goes to "Super Billy Goats Gruff" by Sean Tulien. The art is superb throughout and while a few different artists' work appears it is mostly cohesive together, only one did not suit my tastes. Overall, an excellent collection for fairy tale enthusiasts. Also, each story ends with a page of text telling the original story and it's history and is followed by a graphic visual of the changes between the original and the "Far Out" version. 1. Ninja-rella by Joey Comeau (Omar Lozano) - The art is wonderful. It's very angular, bold and colourful! The story is very similar to the Perrault tale we are all familiar with few exceptions but the theme. Cinderella is into being a ninja and changes her name after her mum dies. She practices all the time with a glass Katana sword. After being orphaned the steps treat her as we expect but the story changes when Ninja-rella dreams of going to the ball so she can meet the prince and become his personal bodyguard! Thankfully, her Godninja shows up just in time. Cute! (4/5) 2. Red Riding Hood, Superhero by Otis Frampton - I was thrilled to see this comic by the author of the "Oddly Normal" series. Of course, the art is great and there are lots of funny moments of dialogue. This retelling totally refreshes the original. The only basic element the same is in which Red named Ruby, is on her way to see her Granny and intercepted by the Big Bad Wolf. However, BBW is out to kidnap Granny who just happens to be the President of the United States. The story is full of action as she takes on Professor Grimm, a man who was bitten by a radioactive wolf, now a werewolf. We even get a flasback to Riding Hood's origin story of her superpowers which reside in the cape/hood and it's pretty cute. Another fun tale for the intended audience. (4/5) 3. Super Billy Goats Gruff by Sean Tulien (Fernando Cano) - This one is hilarious. Only slightly keeps some basic elements of the original tale. The three goats set off over the hill to find some grass to eat and end up eating three strange shaped mushrooms which zap them straight into a video game. All the essential video game tropes ensue including fighting level bosses until they beat the creature on the bridge and return to their own world. Another example of wonderful art similar in style to the previous stories. My favourite so far. (5/5) 4. Snow White and the Seven Robots by Louise Simonson (Jimena Sanchez) - Overall, this is the best written story in the book but my least favourite art. The style is completely different, which makes it stand out in a collection like this and it just doesn't do anything for me. The story, however, is well-told and the most entertaining here. It stays very close to the original tale, without much deviation except it has been set in outer space on an alien planet, Techworld. Also, it's not Snow's beauty which causes envy but her intelligence. I really enjoyed this one! (5/5) 5. Hansel & Gretel & Zombies by Benjamin Harper (Fernando Cano) - This is just silly. It doesn't follow the original story much as you would probably expect, what with everybody being zombies. However, all the plot points are there: being lost in the forest, the candy house, Hansel being plumped up, etc. It has a nice happy ending for everybody including the witch. My least favourite story in the collection but the art is by the same artist as the "Billy Goats" story so it is good. (3/5)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    A collection of five graphic novel fairy tales rewrites. After each rewrite is a one page history of the original fairy tale and a basic summary of that telling, while another page that looks at how this retelling changed things from the traditional telling. "Ninja-rella" ***** In this rewrite of Cinderella, Cinderella has been trained as a ninja by her original parents. When they die and she's stuck with her stepmother and sisters, her ninja outfit is burned and she's turned into a slave. When a r A collection of five graphic novel fairy tales rewrites. After each rewrite is a one page history of the original fairy tale and a basic summary of that telling, while another page that looks at how this retelling changed things from the traditional telling. "Ninja-rella" ***** In this rewrite of Cinderella, Cinderella has been trained as a ninja by her original parents. When they die and she's stuck with her stepmother and sisters, her ninja outfit is burned and she's turned into a slave. When a royal costume ball comes, her ninjagodmother helps her get ready and Ninja-rella arrives just in time to save the prince from an attack. He uses the glass sword she leaves behind to track her down and hire her to be his personal guard. This was a super fun twist on the original. Loved it and the Japanese-ish setting. If you like this twist and want a longer novel-like telling, look for Cinderella: Ninja Warrior a choose your own adventure by McGowen. Notes on content: Even though there's a ninja fight. It isn't gory, and the bad guys live to run away. "Red Riding Hood, Superhero" ***** While visiting Area 54, Ruby, the granddaughter of the President of the United States acquired a red cape that gives her super powers. No one knows her secret. While on the way to visit Grandma aka Madam President at Martha's Vineyard, Red Riding Hood must stop the evil Doctor Grimm who was bitten by a werewolf, is bent on world domination, and has his eyes on Ruby's Grandma. This is quite possibly the best retelling of Red Riding Hood ever. Notes on content: Robot vs superhero fight, so it isn't gory, and only some damage to the robot. "Super Billy Goats Gruff" **** The three Billy Goats Gruff come across some weird looking mushrooms, but they eat them anyway in their hunger and find themselves exploring a castle, vanquishing video game monster, and looking for something to eat. Such a creative twist on the traditional tale with them getting put into a video game. Very fun. Notes on content: Some video game vanquishing of monsters including some skeletons, a floating sheet, a gargoyle and such. Mostly they just go poof when vanquished or collapse. "Snow White and the Seven Robots" ***** Snow White has been designed to rule, but the Queen has sabotaged her looks so the people won't accept her. Her plans backfire as Snow White grows in intelligence and the Queen goes to increasingly extreme measures to get rid of her competition for the throne. Helping Snow White is a mechanical doctor, a trash collecting robot, and seven mining robots. A fun scifi retelling of Snow White. Why in the world has no one ever had the Queen use chocolate instead of an apple before?! It makes so much more sense! If you like this one, and want a longer novel like this try Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis (I would say one inspired the other as both have seven mining robots, but they came out too close together to have done so.) And of course, you'd probably also like The Lunar Chronicles by Meyers if you like this. Notes on content: One attempted poisoning but thanks to advanced science, no one is hurt. "Hansel & Gretel & Zombies" ***** Hansel and Gretel and their parents have a bit of a food shortage problem. They haven't had fresh brains for ages. So the parents deck the kids out like normal human children and send them to a more touristy part of the forest to try and lure some fresh brains home. Unfortunately, they get caught by a hungry witch instead. It doesn't look good for anyone, but Gretel's quick thinking saves the day. Hansel & Gretel is always a bit of a dark and awkward tale. Making them into zombies, having them be grossed out by the witch's sweets, and having the family feast on soy brains in the end is probably the best version I've seen. Notes on content: The brains are a little gross, but they are soy so think of them as tofu brains and it is easier to handle.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I have purchased several of these titles for my school library- my students love them!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erica Patton

    Far Out Fairy Tales: Five Full-Color Graphic Novels contains 5 classic fairy tales twisted with science fiction. Although, the fairy tails still have the same background their parts are altered. The classic Cinderella story takes place however she walks the path of the ninja. Snow White is raised by robots instead of living inside the woods. Imagine Red Riding Hood having super powers! She would be able to get away from the Big Bad Wolf in no time. However, Red Riding Hood uses her super powers Far Out Fairy Tales: Five Full-Color Graphic Novels contains 5 classic fairy tales twisted with science fiction. Although, the fairy tails still have the same background their parts are altered. The classic Cinderella story takes place however she walks the path of the ninja. Snow White is raised by robots instead of living inside the woods. Imagine Red Riding Hood having super powers! She would be able to get away from the Big Bad Wolf in no time. However, Red Riding Hood uses her super powers to capture the Big Bad Wolf. The colors and the alternations of these classic stories captivate boys and girls of ages 7-12. It is beneficial that there are 5 stories in one book because once the child is done with one story can read the next story without worrying about so many books. This is one that I am going to get for my own daughter for Christmas and for my classroom! I love how these classic stories were twisted with a different role of each character.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Lavallee

    This was another graphic novel I picked up just because it seemed like it would be funny. I had never heard of it nor did I read any information on it before reading it. This was very entertaining and I would love to see more fairy tales turned on their heads like these ones were. They were very interesting and kept me wanting to read. I loved the fact that they were short and sweet but still held all the information needed to figure out what fairy tale they were. The twists were sci-fi and brilli This was another graphic novel I picked up just because it seemed like it would be funny. I had never heard of it nor did I read any information on it before reading it. This was very entertaining and I would love to see more fairy tales turned on their heads like these ones were. They were very interesting and kept me wanting to read. I loved the fact that they were short and sweet but still held all the information needed to figure out what fairy tale they were. The twists were sci-fi and brilliant. They definitely went in ways I was not expecting and I will be keeping an eye out for more in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    My favorite one was super billy goats gruff. It was hilarious. I liked Hansel and Gretal and Zombies too. It was a fun and whimsical illustration style. And it was neat that they included the original version and explained their twists. It’s meant for grade school aged kiddos (I would say 2nd -4th grade). I liked that it had 5 tales in one. This was a fun Christmas present from my mom!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This was cute if not a little over the top campey fun. The stories are a little short but it is great for younger kids, I would say around 8 or 9, especially if they are familiar with the classic tales.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Comments on the individual stories in the morning, I’m tired. Need to sleep.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Far Out Fairy Tales' is a collection of graphic novel stories for younger readers. The stories take strange twists on familiar fairy tales, so you get stories like Ninja-rella or Snow White and the Seven Robots or Hansel & Gretel & Zombies. Ninja-rella doesn't want to marry the prince, she wants to become his awesome bodyguard. Red Riding Hood is a superhero who gets power from her hood. The Billy Goats Gruff have to go through a video game to find something to eat. You get the picture. My favor 'Far Out Fairy Tales' is a collection of graphic novel stories for younger readers. The stories take strange twists on familiar fairy tales, so you get stories like Ninja-rella or Snow White and the Seven Robots or Hansel & Gretel & Zombies. Ninja-rella doesn't want to marry the prince, she wants to become his awesome bodyguard. Red Riding Hood is a superhero who gets power from her hood. The Billy Goats Gruff have to go through a video game to find something to eat. You get the picture. My favorite part of all of this is there is a summary page giving the history of the original tale, like when it was written or when famous variants got added to the story (the pumpkin carriage in Cinderella, for example). There is also a nice comparison on some stories of the original characters and their 'Far Out' personas. The creators are all really good. From Louise Simonson (Power Pack) to Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal) and many others, these are writers familiar with writing good comics for kids. They deliver and it's even fun for grown ups like me to read. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Capstone, Stone Arch Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aleece

    This is an omnibus of five of the Far Out Fairy Tales stories. I would consider these "fractured" fairy tales which have become very popular lately. These stories are a lot of fun to read and readers can enjoy them no matter how old they are. This graphic novel format is full of colors and wonderful illustrations that really put a twist on the same old fairy tales that kids and adults have grown up with. Each story has a different way of retelling the original and overall everyone can enjoy thes This is an omnibus of five of the Far Out Fairy Tales stories. I would consider these "fractured" fairy tales which have become very popular lately. These stories are a lot of fun to read and readers can enjoy them no matter how old they are. This graphic novel format is full of colors and wonderful illustrations that really put a twist on the same old fairy tales that kids and adults have grown up with. Each story has a different way of retelling the original and overall everyone can enjoy these short recreations. I received this advanced copy from Capstone through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ainsley R

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Yu

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Michelle

  17. 5 out of 5

    Micah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tala S

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Zhang

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly Letson

  22. 4 out of 5

    the Bushes

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ldcl

  24. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Love It! 4 Stars!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vibha Besagi

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adelas

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Megido

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

  29. 5 out of 5

    chris lehfeldt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

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