Wordy Wednesday: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller

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Jim Henson's The Storyteller HC

Title: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Author: Various
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment Rating: 3star
Publication Date: 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Graphic Novels, Juvenile Fiction

Why Picked: NetGalley ARC

First Line:

When People told Themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for … The Storyteller.

Summary:

Now in paperback! When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories…the best place by the fire was kept for…The Storyteller! Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present all-new tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion! [1]

Review:

I very much dislike writing reviews of anthologies becuase they generally tend toward the average since I love some stories and dislike others. However, when NetGalley had this one I felt compelled to ask for it since it is based on one of my favorite shows. I rarely buy TV shows but this is one series that I own and re-watch regularly.  Unlike the TV show, but much like most anthologies, this was up down in terms of quality. I think this is an art bias on my part. Mostly I loved the stories and the storytelling but the varied art was distracting. I have noticed this before in graphic novel anthologies.

Old Nick & The Peddler by Roger Langridge and Jordie Bellaine  – In this story we learn to be care of making deals and I fell in love with Katie Grey, the devil smasher. Sadly I was not a fan of the art choice here. This was the first inkling that the more “comicbook” art work is the less I like/enjoy it.

The Milkmaid & Her Pail by Colleen Coover – I enjoyed this one. Any story which includes pirate queens even if it is the daydream of the milkmaid is tops in my book.

An Agreement Between Friends by Chris Eliopoulos and Mike Maihack – I new story for me, I had never heard any origin stories of why dogs and cats do not get along. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The artwork seemed a bit rough and unfinished to me.

Old Fire Dragaman by Jeff Parker and Tom Fowler – It’s a Jack tale. this dovetailed nicely with my other graphic novel reading, the Jack of Fables series. At the core Jack is an accidental hero and it is no different here. May one major issue here was the layout of the art. This made it difficult to read, but that may be an effect of reading the novel on the screen rather than in print.

Puss In Boots by Marjorie M. Liu and Jennifer L. Meyer – By far and away my favorite in the book. The art was beautiful and the story sweet. They were well matched and lovely together.

The Frog Who Became An Emperor by Paul Tobin and Evan Shaner – This was one of my least favorites. The art was choppy as was the story. I hate when stories, even fairy tales have inconsistencies or illogical jumps and this story had a few.

The Crane Wife by Katie Cook – One of the more famous Animal wife motif stories. The art seemed a muted manga style. I almost wished it had be a bit more bold to match the story better.

Momotaro The Peach Boy by Ron Marz and Craig Rousseau – I had heard this story before as my husband’s cousin used to tell it when he would return home from Japan where is was living. It is one of my girls favorite stories since it involved animals helping humans. Here is it presented in a completely story board kind of form. While interesting it was not the anthology’s most engaging story.

The Witch Baby Based on the unproduced Storyteller teleplay written by Anthony Minghella, Susan Kodieck and Anne Mountfield  and Adapted by Nate Cosby, Ronan Cliquet and Adam Street – Hands down my favorite story in the book. Not my favorite art but my favorite story. If you are a reader you will not that I am a fan of the dark fairy tale and the Russians have a lock on them. This one is brilliance. Add to that the inclusion of the early storyteller and the use of the tarot and I would love to have seen this one on the screen.