Tamamo the Fox Maiden
and Other Asian Stories
by Kel McDonald, Kate Ashwin
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 13 Aug 2019
Letter Better Publishing Services, Iron Circus Comics
"A must for myth-loving middle schoolers." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.”
Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics!
This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected take on stories spanning the entirety of the Asian continent, with loads of lesser-known myths and legends from Tibet, India, Indonesia, and beyond. Featuring the work of GENE LUEN YANG, NICK DRAGOTTA, BLUE DELLIQUANTI, CARLA SPEED MCNEIL, NINA MATSUMOTO, and many more!
"A solid addition to most YA graphic novel collections." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (The Girl Who Married a Skull)
"Dynamic and thought-provoking, this foray into the world of African fables and fairy tales is sure to entertain young readers who welcome both strong messages and open-ended myths." — KIRKUS (The Girl Who Married a Skull)
“This series doesn’t have a clunker in it.” — COMICS WORTH READING
“McDonald and a crack new team of artists are back with a whole new edition inspired by Asian folklore.” — i09
Average rating from 59 members
Wow, just wow! I read this collection of Asian folktales overnight, it was so captivating. They are mainly taken from Japan, China, Tibet, and India. Many of the stories will be familiar to readers who are fans of this type of material, Urashima Taro and Tamamo the Fox Maiden were ones I already knew and the others were ones I had heard of but didn't know the full story. I adored the modern twist of Makora obsessing over tweets and using google maps to find his way up the Ganges river, Ghost Pepper was very sweet, I loved it. By far my favorite was Frog Skin - the ending has a perfect extra touch to it. And The Flying Ogre was short but succinct and beautifully illustrated. A powerful telling that was beautiful (albeit horrific) in just 8 pages. The art used to illustrate each tale was stunning and fit the tone of each tale. It always seemed to perfectly capture the mood of the story, be that humor or horror. And there IS horror so if your not too keen on blood (even though it isn't always directly show) you might want to either skip those pages or look elsewhere. Like all fairy tales, many of them end with terrible results, however, just as many end on a happy note.
An absolutely wonderful compilation of stories from Asian folklore! My favorites are "Frog Skin" by Nilah Magruder, "Urashima Taro" by Jason Caffoe, "The Tiger, the Brahmin, and the Jackal" by Randy Milholland & Andrew Sides, "The History of the Spectre Ship" by Caitlyn Kurilich, "Gold Sister, Silver Sister, and Wood Sister" by Blue Delliquanti, and "Hoichi the Earless" by Nina Matsumoto. Not only were the stories fantastic, but the art was also great! (I particularly enjoy Caitlyn Kurilich's art. I bought a beautiful print from her at LA Comic Con last year and I highly recommend checking out her other works on her social media.)
Tamamo the Fox Maiden is a superb anthology, featuring a variety of Asian folk tales, adapted into a comic format. I read the whole book in one sitting, and absolutely loved it. The stories themselves were easy to understand and enjoy, and left me clamouring for more - I love folklore, and having an easy-to-read comic version of so many stories was a real treat for me!! The art for each story is beautiful, and the variety of artistic styles was wonderful to see. I would definitely recommend this book!!
I've always been interested in fairy tales and fables but so far I've just read English/European ones so it was really interesting to see what kind of fables and fairy-tales exist in other countries
Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories by McDonald & Ashwin, et. al. is a free NetGalley e-graphic novel that I read in late April. A middle-grade graphic novel with folk tales from all parts of Asia, including Turkey, Myanmar, and the Arabian Peninsula, and featuring familiar characters, like the Monkey King, tanuki (raccoon), and Mulan. There are eye-catching sketches (even in manga black & white, due to exaggerated expressions) and easy to parse, down-to-earth, even slightly cheeky dialogue and concepts, i.e. Ganesh with a cellphone, an M.C. Escher-like transition of birds in flight, a boy that bottles his homemade hot sauce, a ghost ship like the Flying Dutchman; although younger readers might be a little too spooked by the look of Asian ghosts and demons.
!!!! I didn't know how much I needed this !!! Beautiful, original stories and many of which I never heard of but desperately fell in love with. I love folklore and tales and especially ones from other places. This made me feel full and happy and ughh I loved it. All of it. But again, especially the art. They were all different for each story too. High recommend.
Beautifully diverse and dynamic, this collection is packed full of lesser-known myths and legends from Tibet, India, Indonesia, and beyond, each told by a different author and illustrator. Some richly traditional, others with a contemporary twist, these 21 stories have been creatively revitalised through a new, fresh lens perfect for middle grade children. Easy to understand and unexpectedly funny, readers will get lost in worlds of vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers whilst learning some important messages along the way. I eagerly raced through each story and then immediately re-read the collection again, this time fully admiring the beautifully intricate and unique black and white illustrations. I'll definitely be reading The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories and all the other books to come from this brilliant series!
"Tamamo the Fox Maiden" is a fun Young Adult graphic novel. I'll definitely be recommending this one to some of our younger patrons.
This was a really great collection of Asian folklore retold for modern day in the eyes of artists through their own lens.. I was really surprised by the quality of art and the writing but pleasantly so! The stories were funny and each had their own lesson which you are supposed to take something back with you, of course. A lot of them were adapted for the modern world as well which I thought was exceptionally well done. All in all, this is a riveting graphic novel and deserves plenty of praise.
The retellings are very fun in their modern versions but can easily be read through with an older parent or grandparent who tells you what had actually happened when they were young. The art is very expressive and lovely to see and the characters are all well designed.
A set of fables reimagined. The artwork is stunning and the stories themselves leave you feeling a bit unsettled - as a good fable should. Most of these are not the 'happy ending' stories that many readers are familiar with. Definitely worth a read, even if just for the artwork.