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Graphic Canon of Children's Lit


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Graphic Canon of Children's Lit


Fables, fairy tales, and other children's literature with all the darkness and weirdness left in

Update: Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review! Read it here.

The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Great Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals

If you think you know what Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy & the Oz crew, Pinocchio, the Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Captain Nemo, Goldilocks, Tom Sawyer, and Peter Pan look like, get ready for a shock. In this follow-up to the initial Graphic Canon trilogy, comics artists and illustrators erase decades and centuries of imagery to bring us radically new visions of over 50 classic works of children's literature. You also get some amazing obscure gems (Leo Tolstoy's tales for children, anyone?), plus a gallery of 60 additional stand-alone images of even more reimagined beloved characters (including Snow White, the Hare and the Tortoise, the Wild Things, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, and Sam-I-am).

Works & authors include Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, "The Nutcracker," "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Little Mermaid," Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Heidi, Pinocchio, Mark Twain, The Jungle Book, all 14 of the original Oz books, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, Pippi Longstocking, Anne Frank, Watership Down, rude schoolyard rhymes, Leo Tolstoy and Oscar Wilde (??), and dozens more

Artists include Andrice Arp, Ricardo Cortés, Dame Darcy, C. Frakes, Rick Geary, Kate Glasheen, Roberta Gregory, Isabel Greenberg, Peter Kuper, Sharon Rudahl, R. Sikoryak, Lance Tooks, Noah Van Sciver, and dozens more

Note: Like children's literature itself, this volume contains many intense images of strangeness, grotesquery, nudity, violence, and danger. There are also moments of beauty and humor, of course. But still... It's actually not aimed at children, so please use caution.


"[The Graphic Canon series] is easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers." NPR

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Artwork


Artwork


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Contents


Contents


Full Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction

“The Miller, His Son, and the Donkey” and  “The Eagle, the Cat, and the Sow”
Aesop
art/adaptation by Roberta Gregory

“The Ape and the Fisherman” and “The Wasp and the Snake”
Aesop
art/adaptation by Peter Kuper

“The Lion in Love,” “The Fox and the Grapes,” and “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse”
Aesop
art/adaptation by Lance Tooks

“Little Red Riding Hood”
European Fairy Tale
art/adaptation by David W. Tripp

“The Mastermaid”
Norse fairy tale
art/adaptation by Andrice Arp

“The Firebird”
Russian fairy tale
art/adaptation by Lesley Barnes

“The Shepherdess and the Condor”
Peruvian fairy tale
illustrations by Miguel Molina

“The Weardale Fairies”
British fairy tale
art/adaptation by Rachael Ball

Four fables
Jean de La Fontaine
art/adaptation by Maëlle Doliveux

“Town Musicians of Bremen”
Brothers Grimm
art/adaptation by Kevin Dixon

“A Tale of One Who Traveled to Learn What Shivering Meant”
Brothers Grimm
art/adaptation by Chandra Free
technical assists by BLAM! Ventures

“Star Dollars” and “The Water Sprite”
Brothers Grimm
art/adaptation by Noah Van Sciver

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
E. T. A. Hoffmann
illustrations by Sanya Glisic

“The Little Mermaid”
Hans Christian Andersen
art/adaptation by Dame Darcy

“The Tinderbox”
Hans Christian Andersen
art/adaptation by Isabel Greenberg

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
British fairy tale
art/adaptation by Billy Nunez

“Advice to Little Girls”
Mark Twain
art/adaptation by Frank M. Hansen

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
art/adaptation by Vicki Nerino

Fables for Children
Leo Tolstoy
art/adaptation by Keren Katz

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne
art/adaptation by Sandy Jimenez

“The Owl and the Pussycat”
Edward Lear
art/adaptation by Rick Geary

“Calico Pie" and "The New Vestments”
Edward Lear
art/adaptation by Joy Kolitsky

At the Back of the North Wind
George MacDonald
art/adaptation by Dasha Tolstikova

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
art/adaptation by R. Sikoryak

Heidi
Johanna Spyri
art/adaptation by Molly Brooks

“The Tar Baby” (from Tales of Uncle Remus)
Joel Chandler Harris
art/adaptation by Eric Knisley

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
art/adaptation by Molly Colleen O’Connell

Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
adaptation by Lisa Fary
art by Kate Eagle and John Dallaire

“The Nightingale and the Rose”
Oscar Wilde
art/adaptation by Tara Seibel

The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
art/adaptation by Caroline Picard

The Time Machine
H. G. Wells
art/adaptation by Matthew Houston

The Oz series [all 14 of the original books]
L. Frank Baum
art/adaptation by Shawn Cheng

The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
art/adaptation by Andrea Tsurumi

Peter Pan
J. M. Barrie
art/adaptation by Sally Madden

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
art/adaptation by Juliacks

The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
art/adaptation by Kate Glasheen

Rootabaga Stories
Carl Sandburg
art/adaptation by C. Frakes

The Tower Treasure (A Hardy Boys Mystery)
Franklin W. Dixon
art/adaptation by Matt Wiegle

Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev
art/adaptation by Katherine Hearst

Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
art/adaptation by Emelie Östergren

The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
adaptation by Sid Jacobson
art by Ernie Colón

Schoolyard rhymes
art/adaptation by John Pierard

Watership Down
Richard Adams
art/adaptation by Tori McKenna

The Harry Potter series
J. K. Rowling
art/adaptation by Lucy Knisley

Gallery
60 stand-alone illustrations by dozens of artists

Contributors

Acknowledgments

Credits and Permissions

Index

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Early Covers


Early Covers


Two early versions of the cover, which you'll still see floating around on the Interwebs.

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Video Flip-Through


Video Flip-Through


 

Below is a scrolling gallery of details from some of the artwork....

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Nutcracker


Nutcracker


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Grimms


Grimms


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goldilocks


goldilocks


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La Fontaine's Fables


La Fontaine's Fables


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Mary Poppins


Mary Poppins


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pinocchio


pinocchio


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Edward Lear


Edward Lear


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The Oz series


The Oz series


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schoolyard rhymes


schoolyard rhymes


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cruella


cruella


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Pippi


Pippi


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watership down


watership down


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his dark materials


his dark materials


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Harry


Harry