The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Tales
by edited by Kate Ashwin, Sloane Leong, and Kel McDonald
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Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 03 Dec 2021
"An enthralling, spooky, diverse collection." -- KIRKUS
"An intriguing portal to folklore." -- SHELF AWARENESS
"Readers will want to revisit this collection." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Do you hear them? Never go outside when you hear THAT sound.”
Ghostly warriors, angry gods, and monstrous tyrants? That's just the start of this collection of folklore from the Pacific, retold in comics!
The fourth volume of the “Cautionary Fables and Fairytales” graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally new take on stories spanning the entirety of the region, with loads of lesser known myths and legends from the Philippines, New Zealand, Hawaii, and beyond. Featuring the work of TINTIN PANTOJA, PAOLO CHIKIAMCO, ROB CHAM, TOKERAU WILSON, and more!
Average rating from 26 members
This collection of cautionary tales from the Pacific is just incredible. The Philippines, Hawaii, and Fiji are all represented, with artists who bring these tales to life in a variety of artistic styles, from cartoon to fantasy art. This is the fourth entry in the Cautionary Fables and Fairytales series, which has done wonders in getting folk and fairy tales from all over the world into the hands of readers. What are you going to find in here? One story, "The Turtle and the Lizard", is written entirely in Baybayin, an old Tagalog script, and invites readers to learn Baybayin at the end of the story. The title story is an achingly beautiful Hawaiian tale of loss; The Tyrant Has Horns is a tale about a horrible ruler who grows horns on his head, coming to you from the Philippines. Every story transports readers to a fantasy world, and every story gives readers a window into a new culture. Get this series on your shelves.
National Geographic has maps and information about the geography of Australia and Oceania, and you can direct readers who want to learn more about the region to the Encyclopedia Britannica. And you know how much I love Teachers Pay Teachers, so check for the freebies you can find there for anyone who wants to learn more (or if you want to run a super cool program).
A cool book! I really like how diverse the stories are and that they provide a window into stories form other cultures! I can't wait to research further into some of the stories presented in this book!
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc for an honest review!
Excellent own voices graphic novel from a number of different and artists representing traditional stories of Oceanic cultures. The art styles vary widely, as do the tone and tenor of the stories. Quite a few bend towards the dark or scary in a fairy tale manner (no horror, but quite a few harsh lessons!).
This is a wonderful collection of Oceanian folklore tales; its vocabulary, and how well versed the stories are, is a great example of the best way to introduce folk myths to middle school children. Strong narration and illustrations, visually compelling, overall fast paced book. Great read, definitely will recommend when it comes out.
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