Book Review with MyChild – Far Out Fairy Tales

Far Out Fairy Tales
by Sean Tulien

Welcome to another

Book Review with MyChild!

Books are critically important in our family – the saying around here goes, “I am always willing to spend money on books and Legos.” As a refresher, MyChild is 8-years-old, in second grade, reads on her own, and her current favorite books to read are the DogMan series and the Pig the Pug books.

Far Out Fairy Tales: Five Full-Color Graphic Novels by Sean Tulien

Far Out Fairy Tales:
Five Full-Color Graphic Novels
by Sean Tulien (Editor)

Book Description:

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 superpowered Red Riding Hood! Each fairy tale revision holds true to the spirit of the original while adding a modern twist to the classic tales we know and love. Experience fairy tales like never before in this innovative series of full-color comic books for kids!

Our Review:

Mom: I’ve made it pretty clear that I love a good retelling of a classic story. I also really enjoy graphic novels and comic books. This collection combines the best of both of these!

MyChild: I like how the author used real fairy tales and then added things to mix it up a little. It makes it really fun. My favorite story was Ninja-rella because I like ninjas and princesses and this story had both.

My second favorite was Hansel and Gretel and Zombies because if was funny when they turned the witch into a zombie and became friends with her. The drawings of the zombies were really cool.

Mom: My favorite story was Ninja-rella – the retelling of Cinderella. I also really enjoyed the pages immediately following each story that provided the basis of the original tale, along with how this updated various changed things a bit, and drew a direct line between the original character and the updated character in these far out tales.

The Final Verdict

Our rating: 4.5 stars

Would we recommend? Yes

Extras

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Hensel and Gretel - Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz

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Book Review – Unmarriageable

Unmarriageable
by Soniah Kamal

What is it about revisiting our favorite story?

Be it movie, book, fairy tale, particular episode of The West Wing or Scrubs.

There is something so wonderful about rereading/watching something you love.

I’ve mentioned before that I love retellings of stories when they are done well.

Clueless is Emma, She’s the Man is Twelfth Night, The Lion King and Sons of Anarchy are Hamlet, 10 Things I Hate About You is Taming of the Shrew, Easy A is The Scarlet Letter, and there are so many more.

Unmarriageable is one of those retellings done exceptionally well.

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Unmarriageable
by Soniah Kamal

Book Description:

Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.

When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance.

Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.

My Take:

With retellings, I thoroughly enjoy the game of identifying the new characters that correspond with the characters I know. It’s not just the matching and aligning; I also love when an author makes those well-known characters his or her own. Ms. Kamal does this very well. The characters are modernized and set in a new culture and still retain the importance of the known and the adaptation. This is not just Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy plunked down in Lahore, Pakistan; this is a Pakistani Darsee who still exudes the pride, prejudices, misunderstandings, and character growth that we know, expect, and truly love. Alys’ Elizabeth is outspoken, incredibly smart, fiercely loyal, stubborn, prejudiced, and also grows throughout the book – just as she should.

Nothing about this book is boring, though it is a familiar story. Ms. Kamal’s infusion of all things Pakistani – food, clothing, cultural norms – make this book an amazing read by immersing the reader into her culture and never lightening up. She does not let us feel like these are English characters set in Pakistan. No. These are truly Pakistani characters going about their lives, which happen to coincide with a story written by an Englishwoman.

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The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 4.5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

Extras

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

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