Published by Allen and Unwin
Summary: Each of the ten folktales tells the story of an underdog, often a child or teen, who defeats some sort of a monster…witches, nixies, giants, and other monsters. The introduction describes how folktales were passed down through telling, eventually being published in books which often had few or no illustrations. The graphic novel format of this book allows readers to see all the action, characters, and settings that are often from different cultures. The table of contents tells which country each story is from. 192 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: An excellent addition to folktale collections. Kids will love the graphic novel format; the stories are quick reads (15-25 pages with lots of pictures) with beautiful artwork and plenty of action.
Cons: It would have been nice to have more cultural diversity. With the exception of “Momotaro” from Japan and “The King of the Polar Bears” from America, all the stories are European.