Graphic Novel Review: Once Upon a Time Machine, reviewed by Karen D
machine built by a collection of today’s finest storytellers, and enter a range of futures where familiar tales are reimagined in an astonishing variety of styles. Editor Andrew Carl and Producer Chris Stevens bring you the next wave of leading writers and illustrators, working alongside superstar creators like Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Khoi Pham (Daredevil), and Brandon Graham (King City) to deliver a reading experience that will delight generations young and old.
This graphic novel anthology was a play on fairy tales set in an alternate reality or the far future.
John Henry is a space mechanic that is being replaced by machines. Pinocchio is a computer that wants to be real. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a girl trying to get medicine in an abandon city with robots guarding the buildings. The Tortoise and the Hare is a dangerous race with traps and betrayal.
These stories are creative and vary from author to author. The artwork is suburb in each story and I found myself wondering what other works some of the artist have done. There were also panels between stories with a look at Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs that I would have loved to see in actual stories. I guess there is the expression- Always leave them wanting more!
Teens will love the updated stories and I know there is an artwork style in this book that will for them.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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