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Five of the world's greatest fairy tales are retold in the popular and attractive graphic novel format. Beautiful, bold illustrations give these timeless tales a modern edge. The stories include Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Thumbelina....

Title : Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors: Stone Arch Fairy Tales Volume 2
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Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors: Stone Arch Fairy Tales Volume 2 Reviews

  • Karissa
    2019-05-11 15:35

    I got an advanced reading copy of this book through I love graphic novels and fairy tale retellings, so I was excited to give this book a read. It ended up being okay, but didn't add anything special to fairy tales I know and love.Five fairy tales are retold in graphic novel form: Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and The Princess and the Pea. Each story is retold by different authors and illustrated by different artists.I really enjoyed how each story in the book starts with a cast of characters and ends with a brief history of the fairy tale. The history of each fairy tale was, in most cases, more interesting than the retelling of the fairy tale itself.In general these retellings were pretty boring and bland. The only one that was really exceptional was the Princess and the Pea; this was retold in a humorous way that totally matched the beautiful anime-like artwork; I really enjoyed this one.It seems like the writers were trying to retell the most general version of each fairy tale and that left the retellings sounding stale and stiff. Some of the artwork is very beautiful; the art in Snow White is beautiful digital work, while the Thumbelina the artwork is cartoony, modern, and fun; The Princess and the Pea is done in soft colors with an anime-flare. All of the stories have very different artwork from each other.I have summarized each story below. Overall this is an okay collection of fairy tales retold with beautiful art; the stories themselves are pretty bland (excepting the Princess and the Pea which was fantastic) but the artwork is nice to look at. Definitely aimed at a middle grade or younger age group; older readers will be bored. While I applaud the idea of retelling fairy tales in graphic novel form I would recommend middle grade readers really interested in retold fairy tales check out books by Jessica Day George, Robin McKinley, Cameron Dokey, or Alex Flinn. These books have fun and thoughtful fairy tale retellings. Adults should definitely check out the Fables series of graphic novels; these have been wonderful, are well drawn, and creative.Rapunzel - Very dry and simple rendition of this story, the artwork was cartoony and artsy. Very pretty and folk-art-like if a bit stiff. (3/5)Thumbelina - The illustration is fun, bright, and cartoony with a modern flare. The dialogue was a bit simple and awkward. Not my favorite rendition of the story of thumbelina. (3/5)Snow White - Beautiful digital full color illustrations. The retelling of snow white is pretty well done, a little dry but better than the first two stories. (4/5)Beauty and the Beast- The art is cartoony, blocky, and bright...very stylized. The rendition of the tale is again very simple and dry. (3/5)The Princess and the Pea - My favorite story of the bunch. The artwork is done in a anime sort of style with beautiful soft colors. The tale of the prince and his search for the perfect princes is told with the perfect amount of humor, I really enjoyed it. (5/5)

  • ⚜️Trea
    2019-05-14 18:18

    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!For my first formal review for, I sat down with Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors by Donald Lemke. This was a set of 5 fairy tales, redone in graphic novel format. This was designed to introduce younger readers to the graphic novel format. I believe that this is the second installment of graphic novels intended for younger readers. The five stories were The Princess and the Pea, Beauty and the Beast, Thumblina, Snow White, and Rapunzel. After each story was a short passage about the history of the story that was just told, which was something I really enjoyed as an adult, but something that I think might be ignored by its intended audience.I liked the stories that were chosen to be retold, and think that they are a good introduction to graphic novels for younger readers. However, I read this on my Kindle and it was very poorly formatted! The Kindle had to be turned on its side in order to “read” the stories and the comic cells were overlapping on each page, making it so you read the same dialogue twice. There were also several blank or black pages in between each story that had to be scrolled through. These flaws were extremely distracting and annoying. However, they may be corrected prior to actual release.Some of the art was very wonderfully done, others seemed almost amateurish, something I was not really expecting. The art for Snow White was clearly the best,while Thumblina and Rapunzel were tied for the worst art prize. Beauty and the Beast fell somewhere in the middle of the pack, and The Princess and the Pea took second place for best art for me. However, the Kindle rendered this book in black and white, which didn’t do the art justice. There were some “new” twists in some of the stories, making them enjoyable to read at my age! All in all, I would give this book 3 and ½ stars, and would recommend reading this on a color e-reader, computer, or in DTB (dead tree book) format, to make the art really stand out.

  • Kellee
    2019-04-21 20:43

    This graphic novel had pretty basic retellings of fairy tales with extraordinary artwork illustrating them. Each retelling was told by a different author and illustrated by a different artist. The retellings were just that- retellings with no flair or adaptation from the original fairy tales (except Princess & the Pea which added humor in the illustrations and dialogue). Although some may come into this book wanting more than what they find, it was nice to go back to the originals and basics.Although each story had a different artist, the style was perfect for each tale. For Rapunzel: the artwork was sinister and sketchy, Thumbelina: more colorful, friendly, Snow White: Realistic, dark and more like a comic strip, Beauty and the Beast: Cartoony, blocky, Princess & the Pea: Almost anime, looks the most like a picture book. And the best parts about the book (from a teachers point of view any ways) were 1) Each story started out with a cast of characters. 2) After each fairy tale there was a history page where it discussed the history of the fairy tale or author. The blurbs held some interesting pieces of information.

  • Laura
    2019-05-10 22:22

    There was something off with this book. I was looking forward to reading it because it was a graphic novel and involved fairy tales - so win-win, right? Unfortunately, I didn't end up liking it as much as I had hoped. I felt like the stories could have been handled better, I didn't like how they portrayed the characters or setting. I did appreciate how each story had unique illustrations, but I didn't care for the them, or the way they chose to tell the story. This book was just kind of a disappointment. I went into it with an open mind because I hadn't read anything like this, but the contents of Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors just did not sit well with me.*Book provided through NetGalley by publisher in exchange for my honest review.*Taken from My Sentiments Exactly!:

  • Kitty Chatfou
    2019-05-16 20:30

    "SECRETS, MONSTERS, AND MAGIC MIRRORS" BY STEPHANIE TRUE PETERSThis book takes you on a journey through the history of some of the most popular fairytales. Using beautiful, artistic illustrations, you learn how all these stories came to be as well as seeing other depictions by other authors through the years. This book is written much like a graphic novel and suitable for ages 6 & up. A definite must read!Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRead more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  • Stella
    2019-04-21 14:26

    RAPUNZELI have to confess Rapunzel is the fairy tale I’m the less familiar with. Somehow it wasn’t that popular where I live, so I wasn’t exactly familiar with some details of the tale (for example about the prequel story of Rapunzel’s parents and why she was named Rapunzel). What shocked me in the story was that following the prince’s nightly visits Rapunzel gave birth to twins.. err.. o_oThe drawings were cute, the people looked like urchins with small button-eyes. The only character which looked horrible was the witch, I didn’t like her drawing, she looked like a mad character from Addams family, but the other drawings were adorable. This tale retained a German folk-tale feeling thanks to the drawings.Story: 3.5 starsIllustrations: 4 starsTHUMBELINAAs a child I adored the WB’s Thumbelina movie, I grew up with it and loved the story, the characters and the illustrations.This picture book/graphic novel retelling of the story didn’t disappoint. It was cute, the drawings were colourful and I’m sure children would love it. All the secondary characters looked adorable, with Ms. Mouse and Mr. Mole being the most memorable and my personal favourite. Thumbelina looks quite unusual (her face reminded me a bit of a toad as her eyes are really really far away in her face). A very cute retelling that I’m sure children will enjoy a lot.Story: 4.5 starsIllustrations: 4 starsSNOW WHITEThis story really stuck out for me in a very negative way. As soon as I turned the first page I instantly disliked it. The illustrations look like some manga/slutty fantasy comic, the drawings are way too adult compared to the others in the book, the women’s lips, breasts are way too emphasized. I wouldn’t have minded these drawings as much if they weren’t included in an anthology intended for younger children. This story in my opinion is not only not suitable for them, but I think it won’t even appeal to them.However this fairy tale was the one which had the most deviations form the original: - the role of the hunter who is sent by the evil queen to murder Snow White is played here by a wolf, who would rather eat cake! - Snow White is not the queen’s stepdaughter,- the prince is not introduced to us because he falls for Snow White, the novel begins with him being invited by the queen as she wants to marry him! When he refused her proposal, she imprisoned him in the mirror.- the dwarves live in a cave and not the adorable cottage in the forest- and they don’t vanquish the queen by pushing her off a cliff but from springing from underground to drag her down.The cartoons of the queen, the prince and Snow White look too adult fantasy. However, the dwarves were the cutest ever! They looked like some adorable Japanese chibis. I loved reading the fact sheet after every single tale, where they told small trivia, tidbits about the tale and its adaotations.I learned here that it was the Disney version which gave the dwarves their names, the names were chosen from fifty possibilities like "Dirty" and "Awful" :-DAnd as Linda already mentioned it that the tale of Snow White was probably based on a real person.Unfortunately due to the horrible drawings I greatly disliked this retelling. :-/Story: 3 starsIllustrations: 2 stars (only because of the cute dwarves!)BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBeauty and the Beast is another fairy tale I only know through the Disney version, so this retelling gave me some surprisings turns (like how the Beast’s castle was ruled by promises and if Beauty broke her promise to return in time the Beast would die, certainly added some drama to the story).The drawings were cute (reminded me of South Park characters), my only complaint was the beast, he looked ridiculous like a modern furry minotaurus. Beauty in this retelling didn’t seem like the all-good and selfless girl she is usually made to be, her reason to refuse the Beast’s proposal was shallow even for a fairy tale (“How could I marry a beast?”- like she was too good for him *snorts*)Just like Linda, I enjoyed a lot learning about the history of the original tale and seeing that actually the story of the Beauty and the Beast was written for adults and was a very lengthy novel at first!Story: 4 starsIllustrations: 3.5 starsTHE PRINCESS AND THE PEAThough The Princess and the Pea is one of those fairy tales which has the least action or happening taking place, in this retelling this was one of the fairy tales I loved the most due to the beautiful, classy drawings.They look very modern and grow up, the royal family looks like a danish crown family, all blond, tall and slim :-) The story showed the prince’s quest to find his princess through several kingdoms, and it was a couple of pages which made me chuckle. It showed a very original and funny caricature of princesses, and I loved that besides the elegant and brilliant illustrations the story also had humour and wit.The ending especially cute, ensuring that I finished the book with a smile. The story ended with showing that the famous pea thanks to which the prince found his wife was put in exhibition in a glass pane. But somehow a cute little mouse is sniffing it deciding whether to eat the pea. ;-)One of my favourite stories in the book, this one could also be enjoyed by older children.Story: 5 starsIllustrations: 5 starsVerdict: Overall this was a fun little book with mostly cute and colourful drawings. My favourite part were the fact-sheets at the end of each tale where we learned some history of the original tale or some tidbits regarding its movie adaptations or different versions.Overall grade: 4 stars

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-04-25 18:22

    RapunzelThis story is not as sweet as the latest Disney version Tangled made it out to be. Rapunzel is given to a witch as a baby and is later put in a tower, until the day she meets her princen but the witch finds out and punishes them. It gets sad for poor Rapzunel and her prince. Of course there are different versions to the story and this is one of them. But it all ends with a happily ever after. But there is sure some wicked things going on in between. I see that Stella mentioned them so I will to, the prince makes her preggers! Haha, yes that did not happen in the Disney version. But then I do like the real versions more, with blood, torns in eyes and women lost in the woods.The pictures are cute and well drawn. The clothes make it more real since they all look like they come from some nice little old German village. The colors are also very dark in a way and fits the general tone of the story. Very cute in the end.ThumbelinaTumbelina is the story of a woman who wants a child, goes to a witch and gets a tiny child to call her own. But that poor child gets kidnapped a lot and everyone wants to marry her before she finds her fairy prince. I feel very wicked but the Tumbelina figure was not that cute so I kept on wondering why everyone wanted to marry her. Also maybe that is the grown-up talking but in one picture it looks like a bug is trying to rape her o_O.This one had another look to it, and it fits perfect as a picture book for children.Snow WhiteThe tale of Snow White has a more comic/manga feel to it. The story is also a bit different, starting from the prince to the demise of the wicked queen. And it is a very good story. Though again it had me wondering. The prince did not save her, a servant did but she still fell for the prince, tsk.For kids, eh, perhaps not. Too many things going on in the pictures. This story is more for older kids and teens that can read for themselves.Another thing being told is the history at the end of each story. At the end of this one I learned something new. That some historians say that Snow White was a real person who lived in a German mining town. Margareta von Waldock who was loved by Prince Phillip II of Spain, but she poisoned at the age of 21.Beauty and the BeastThis was another cute tale and the beast looked really hideous and scary (not the kind of beast you fall in love with). But you see that his eyes were nice, and then the story gets really sad as she leaves and promises to return but her father tells her not to. But this is a fairytale and they get their happy ever after. As it should be. Still, have a little more backbone Beauty.The drawings are really simple, but in this really cute way.I also find the last page so fascinating again as it tells that the beast stayed a beast in the original version. My oh my.The Princess and the PeaThe prince meets a lot of strange and funny princesses before he returns home to the castle without a wife. The drawings suits the story once again, and the different princesses are the best part. And yes of course she slept badly on top of that! I would have been scared to death. The whole feel reminds me of something but I can’t think of what. Not much more to add.As a conclusion: These stories were all well drawn and retold. I liked them and I do think that they all are fun to read to children and adults will enjoy them too.So the overall score from me is: 4 stars

  • Jenni
    2019-05-17 17:31

    I got this copy of Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors: Stone Arch Fairy Tales Volume 2 through netgalley and I get to experience the fairy tale world again that was so important to me during my childhood days.In this book includes re-tellings of 5 famous fairy tales in graphic-novel-style:1. Rapunzel2. Thumbelina3. Snow White4. Beauty and the Beast5. The Princess and the PeaRAPUNZELSo this Rapunzel is so much different than that Rapunzel in 'Tangled', and I find this version barely acceptable compared to the movie which I loved. The illustrations didn't captured my eyes as I thought it would, based on the cover of the book. Rapunzel is known for her long epic hair, but here it just looks like a lifeless red rope. And the story went so fast that at many places it doesn't make sense and the red line were broken. I've seen and read better re-tells than this one, and it left me disappointed. **THUMBELINAThe artwork in this story are so corky and sweet and I really enjoyed it. I guess we all know about Thumbelina and her adventures and have seen the movie. It was entertaining and Gerta's relationship with Thumbelina were lovely. One thing i couldn't get my head around were how fast Thumbelina said yes to a marriage with the fairy prince. It was just seconds and woops we got a she-met-the-prince-for-the-first-time-and-got-married-immediately-moment, otherwise it was a funny read. ****SNOWWHITEThe illustrations of Snow White's story were very different from the other 2 fairy tales. The dwarfs looks like a bunch of bikers with their appearence and Snow white looks too muscle which ruined her image for me. And not to mention those red nails she had that put off some innocence from her. The huntsman turns out to be a wolf (sounds a little bit like the little red riding hood) but shockingly Snow White wasn't afraid of it (could it be that simple to calm it down??) and even fed it. It was just unreasonable and the re-telling didn't captured me in any sense. *BEAUTY AND THE BEASTI really liked this version of the Beauty and the Beast and it was indeed a little different from the one we are used to from Disney. There wasn't any mention of a curse until late in the story. There is a special magic in the Beast's castle, a place where it's ruled by promises. If someone broke a promise that's been made to the Beast, the Beast will die. That's the little twist therefore there isn't any villain like Gaston. And he can only be brought back from life by someone who truly loves him. The characters look like something taken out from a computer game but it was cute enough to make me continue to read until the end. ****THE PRINCESS AND THE PEAFirstly, we didn't get the whole story to how the princess ended up at the prince's castle, the only thing we knew was she was out riding one day, and she saw a strange bird. Poff it was a blank page and that was her story. (Weird. Could it be that page 155 were omitted? Because it was totally blank)I enjoyed this last story of the book and it was cutely re-told with some colorful artwork that I really appreciated. And I liked how things ended with that litte mouse as a humorous act. *****So overall rating: 2+4+1+4+5=16 16/5=3.2It was a pleasant read with it's cons and pros, but it was not the best re-telling I've read.

  • pdbkwm
    2019-04-27 21:15

    Originally posted at my blog, a review blog of sorts..."Review:RapunzelI've heard of this version of Rapunzel before, so this wasn't something new to me. I thought the artwork was fitting for this story. When we see the witch and her scenes, the art is very gray and dark. When we see Rapunzel and her prince, there is a lot more life and colour on the pages. Even when the witch and Rapunzel were together, the witch was gray and Rapunzel was full of life.ThumbelinaEven though this story is quite famous, I've never read it before. So this was my first time seeing Thumbelina. The art in this story is very colourful, which again fits the story. I quite enjoyed watching Thumbelina go from her home, to the frogs, to the mouse, and everywhere in between.Snow WhiteIn terms of artwork, I would say that Snow White has a very mature style. Once again, it works for the story, but it doesn't match the theme of this collection. All the other stories have some sort of cuteness to them. Snow White doesn't. It kind of reminded me of the Anita Blake graphic novel. The evil stepmother looked evil, but also slightly manish. I did like how the seven dwarfs looked though, they were very cute.Beauty and the BeastIn terms of artwork, this was my second favourite story out of the 5. It reminded me of felt artwork and the backgrounds were beautifully done. Everything was simple, but the little details made it really stand out. The story was good too!Princess and the PeaThis was my favourite story in the collection. The art was colourful and vibrant and the story was incredibly cute. I've read a Princess and the Pea many times as a kid, but it was never a story that I actively sought out. The idea of someone being so fragile that a pea would bother then didn't make sense to me. I wondered why she didn't just get off the bed and sleep on the floor? So I wasn't expecting much in terms of story from this, but I loved watching the prince search for a princess to wed. The characters he meets on his travels were unique, funny, and very weird.~-.-~OverallI quite liked this collection. I love fairy tales, so I knew that I would be a fan of this right from the get go. One of the things I liked, other than the artwork, was how each story came with a brief history about it. Where the stories came from, how the stories changed throughout the years, when did the Brothers Grimm find it. Reading this was one of my favourite parts in this collection. Also, before each story would start, we'd be told the cast of characters.The artwork was beautifully done as well, each had its own unique style but still shared some similarities to the other stories. For the most part, it's very kid friendly.If you are looking for something original or a retelling of these classics, then this might not be the book that you're looking for. But if you're a fan of fairy tales, or want to introduce fairy tales to your kids, and want to see those stories told in graphic novel format, then this might be just for you.

  • Sara Thompson
    2019-05-20 22:34

    My final graphic novel for Capstone (at this time) and it was a doozy. Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors was the retelling of five popular fairy tales by five different teams of authors and illustrators.The stories told were Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Princess and the Pea. I loved that they were each adapted by different people. It gave the stories an element of surprise because the illustrations were so varied. All, but Snow White, followed the popular telling of each story. I recommend this book for any reader. I can see it appealing to girls more than boys but the style of the various stories might catch a male eye. They definitely would be a great replacement for your average fairy tale picture book.One feature I loved the most was at the end of each story was its history. A single page detailing who published the first copy of the story and some of its evolution. To me, that made the book jump over my favorite list. There's something fascinating with the history of a story and learning exactly how it's changed over the years. I should make a note of the illustration styles for those who need to do the hard pitch.Rapunzal was a rather basic design, lots of grays with accents of color. The style almost reminds me of Charles Addams or Roald Dahl's books. The witch is a series of circles against sharp scenery. The characters had a German flair. When Rapunzel is free of the witch, the grays turn yellow.The illustrations for Thumbelina are bright and more cheerful. They remind me of Nickelodeon, specifically The Wild Thornberries. I'm sure other readers can connect it to other cartoons.Snow White has a "true" comic book feel to it. I could easily see it sitting amongst stacks of Superman, Elf Quest and others. It's darker than the rest in this book.Beauty and the Beast is lighter and more colorful. The work is digital resulting in sharp contrasts and less round edges. It feels more like a picture book than a graphic novel.Princess and the Pea completely reminded me of Japanese graphics or manga. The characters have sharp features and huge eyes. Everything is much lighter and muted.I can not wait to get my hands on more of this series. Start the hunt for Capstone books and enjoy.

  • Angela
    2019-05-11 17:27

    This book was an interesting book. I loved all of the fairy tales that were retold in this book;1. Rapunzel2. Thumbelina3. Snow White4. Beauty and the Beast5. Princess and the PeaThis book is pretty much a retelling of all the stories. If you know the plot of each fairy tale, you know the whole book. The author just made several small differences that really do not matter in the long run.5 Likes/Dislikes1. + The stories were all told quite well. I mean, it was easy to understand because of its simple language.2. - The art is horrible. I hated looking at the art. I know this art is supposed to be friendly with kids and that's why its drawn this way. But honestly, every fairy tale has a deformity.1. Rapunzel- Everyone's hair and eyes are way to small and thin.2. Thumbelina- The art was drawn very kiddishly. You can imagine a four year drawing those pictures3. Snow White- Everyone's lips took more space on their face than any other part. Those lips were huge. As Santana said in Glee, "You can put a fishhooks in those lips"4. Beauty and the Beast- The beast looks like a furball. He does not look menacing at all. What kind of beast is supposed to not be scary?5. Princess and the Pea- Everyone looked extremely old because of the lines on their faces. Hello, this is a fairy tale, there are supposed to be some young people in there!3. + The little tweaks in the story made the story more entertaining and funny. I always loved retelling fairy tales.4. - There was no creativity at all in creating a different plot in the story. This is supposed to be a collection of retold fairy tales, yet its pretty much just the same fairy tale in ugly drawn form.5. + Each fairy tale had a little summary/explanation at the end telling the reader the history of the tale. I thought this was very appropriate.All in all, I would not really recommend anyone to read this because it is not original and we already know the stories. You could probably have more fun reading other retellings or watch a Disney retelling.Read this via NetGalley

  • Alex
    2019-05-13 21:19

    The Deal: Okay, first let me explain how the book works: it's a graphic novel with re-tellings of five classic fairy tales in the form of a comic/graphic novel, each one has a different author in charge of the text and a different artist in charge of the artwork - as a result, you get five very different styles.The tales in question are Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and The Pea. The tales are very different esthetically and narrative more close to the original 'uncut' versions than to Disney or more kid-friendly versions.My Thoughts: As I said, Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors is a compilation and it sort of gets into a lot of trouble because of it. The stylistically, each story is very different from the previous one. The artwork for Rapunzel is dark but kind of awesome, Thumbellina's is a bit on the childish side; Snow White is more of classic comic approach (I found this one the creepiest of them all); Beauty and The Beast was a bit cutesy but basic, and Princess and the Pea a bit more square, but also cute. (I hope I'm making sense with the descriptions)Now, here is where the trouble starts, the styles are so different and it's kind of jarring to jump from one to the next, and I think the book has a bit of a personality crisis. Some of the drawings are so elemental and cute, like they are aimed for kids, but I wouldn't feel comfortable giving this book to a young child because it can get kind of dark. And at the same time I don't think it's sophisticated enough for an older crowd - the retellings are very short, and the characterization remains a little cartoonish. One thing I did like about it, was that, at the end of each story, there was a little background about the particularly story.

  • Cleffairy
    2019-05-06 22:37

    Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa TeaDate reviewed: 10 June 2011Review link: If you love fairy tales, you’ll definitely love this bold graphic novel. Each page is beautifully illustrated and the fairy tale re-tellings are just as wonderful.But as much as I recommend this to older readers, I wouldn’t exactly recommend this book to younger readers who tends to be very curious. This is because one of the fairy tale in this book: Rapunzel is rather creepy.I’m not sure what exactly the original version of Rapunzel is, but I do not exactly appreciate the fact that the book implied that Rapunzel had spent the night with her prince before they got married in the tower and she got pregnant soon after.I am not sure I if I want to explain to the children how Rapunzel and her prince managed to have children without being married in the first place. How am I supposed to explain about the birds and the bees to the children if they asked me about it? Hmm… not sure if I want to deal with the issue of pre-marital sex with younger children.I suppose this book is not for younger readers.While the retelling are wonderful, the illustration are too bold for a fairy tale. Rather creepy and provocative as well.I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Capstone publisher via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-29 20:35

    Overall, Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors is a pretty nice retelling of fairy tales. What really kept me from falling for this compilation though was the choice in the tales themselves. In order to keep things simple, it was decided to pick the most watered down version of each of the fairy tales that are featured. No embellishments, no excitement, just the bare bones story.Now I'm not saying that I wanted something overly stylized. Nothing Disney-esque. Quite the opposite actually! The original Grimm's fairy tales are fantastic all on their own. I would have liked to see some of the intrigue, and the darkness from those brought over into this compilation. After all, what is a fairy tale without a little magic thrown in now and then?What saved this for me, and made me swoon, was the illustrations. I loved the fact that each story had it's own set of illustrators. From the highly colored, vivid and downright adorable graphics in Snow White, to the more anime flavored graphics in Princess and the Pea, each story had it's own life to it. I think for the most part they all fit perfectly! Each illustrator brought their own voice to the story that they were bringing to life.Final verdict? I'd say this is definitely a graphic novel to borrow at the library. I also think it would be a fantastic way to share fairy tales with beginning readers. There isn't really anything overly gory, sexual or inappropriate in the illustrations. This could be a way to bring the fairy tales they already know and love to life.

  • NightGold
    2019-04-30 14:31

    I have been reading and reviewing quite a lot of fairytales recently, but I have to say ‘Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors’, which retells our favourite classics comic-style, is my latest favourite retelling! Each of the fairytales are illustrated by different people in a different style, and I found part of the fun of reading them is the illustrations that accompany them (often portraying the scene in a humorous way!). Also I loved the idea of putting the history of the fairytale at the end of each story!Overall, I give this story 3.5 stars, because although I enjoyed the illustrations, I think some of the illustrations were a little hard to follow (my little brother had to ask me several times what a picture meant!), particularly ones that were overflowing with different scenes. Also, some of the illustrations were a little dull, which I wouldn’t expect from a children’s book, such as in Rapunzel, where although the artwork is good, the colouring gives a creepy atmosphere. The witch in Rapunzel actually made my brother hide behind my back in some parts, which I don’t think is a good sign in a children’s book! Reminded me a lot of Coraline for some reason...However in others, such as Snow White, I loved how vivid the pictures were, and in The Princess and the Pea, where the pictures were drawn manga-style. I didn’t really like the illustrations in Thumbelina, it just seems so out of place compared to the sleekness of other pictures, like something out of Cartoon Network. I much preferred the Disney version!3.5 starsNetgalley

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2019-05-12 14:40

    If you're familiar with the original fairy tales (including in their most primitive and unwatered down forms), then this is a quick read. I liked some of the retellings more than others, but on the whole weren't anything incredibly new or different.The one fairy retelling out of the lot in this book that grabbed my attention the most was that of Rapunzel -- the art was creepy and glorious, the colors bright, and the retelling was the most creative I've seen in awhile. I'd have to say that it's the best out of those included in this collection.One good thing here is the history and progression of how each fairy tale included changed from its initial publication/oral history to now. I thought that was a very nice extra after each story, and learned some new things about some of my favorite old tales. For middle-grade and young YA readers, this will be awesomely educational, and I'm happy that the editors chose to include these short, digestible, histories.This book would be good for young children who haven't heard of/don't know of these stories (or don't know them well) and good for the educational circuit. Otherwise, I wasn't entirely impressed with these retellings and I do prefer the originals. Still, give it a try, or read it to some younger family members -- they'll definitely enjoy it.(crossposted to

  • Claudia S. (Dream Memories)
    2019-05-20 21:44

    Is a short book and totally ilustrated. I didn't love this book, it was just ok. I didn't find the cute romance of the fairy tales and the drawings didn't help either. Some of them were weird, dark and sometimes very simple. It contains the following stories:Rapunzel: nice ilustrations, the story was a little different, specially the part about the kids (it was a little disturbing to be honest). Thumbelina: I really didn't know about this story before, so I can't compare it with the original, but I can say that it has beautiful illustrations, more detailed, a childrens story with many animals involved. Snow white: More real pictures, not as children but rather for an adult public, more like a comic.Beauty and the Beast: very simple drawings, it was the closest one to the story that we all know thanks to Disney. The princess and the pea: I missed a page u_u veeery nice drawings, more likeable and expressive.In conclusion, it was ok, I was hoping to find more exciting fairy tales, but it was worse than that. I totally prefer the versions that I already know, and I don't know if I would recommend this to a kid, because I don't find this book entertaining or educational.

  • Becky Price
    2019-05-08 17:30

    I really enjoyed the graphics and that was the entire reason i check it out in the first place. I really wanted to see the graphics and fall in love with them, which for some stories that happened, but for others i just didn't care for them. Also the stories weren't very different from what usually happens in them, so the only thing that was different about these stories are the pictures that go along with them, but even then there were still stories i didn't care for and graphic's i didn't care for either. One thing i really loved about this graphic novel is that at the end of each of the fairy tales it told you the history behind the stories, which i really, really enjoyed. I think that was one of this graphic novels high points, because i was being told things i had no clue about. I think i would recommend this to people who, in general, love fairy tales and love pictures. Other than that, i don't think there is a direct target audience where only those types of people would like this, it could be liked by all.

  • Scarlett
    2019-05-02 17:32

    Originally posted on my blog here.2 1/2 starsI mainly read this to look at the illustrations and in that respect I was satisfied. The styles of animation were varied and seemed to go along with the stories well. The stories themselves, however, were too simplistic for my tastes and only covered the bare minimum. I did appreciate, however, at the end of each story it told some of the background of when it started, first came into print, about the person who created, etc. and I found that to be quite enlightening. Overall, not something I'll come back to, but it was a decent enough read for a Saturday afternoon. The illustrations are what brought this up from a 'Did Not Finish.'

  • Elizabeth B
    2019-05-10 22:37

    Not exactly a “re-telling” as this book does not change the classic tales most people know, it instead is more of an adaptation of the tales for graphic novel format. The stories are the same as they have been for years but now are presented in an updated form that will appeal to wide audiences. I’m fond of graphic novels that attempt to bring stories to life as it provides a great way to introduce reluctant readers to books they would often never consider. This book is no exception and provides a great way to introduce fairy tales and fables to readers that will hopefully lead them to search out the original tales for themselves. The artwork is exquisite and engaging and the tales and characters ring true to their original counterparts. ARC Galley Proof

  • Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
    2019-05-22 17:27

    I’m reviewing this book for Net Galley.Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors is a graphic novel that contains the fairy tales, Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and the Princess and the Pea.I loved the illustrations in Rapunzel, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. I liked the illustrations in Princess and the Pea, but wasn’t too fond of the illustrations in Thumbelina. I liked Snow White the most because the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. I also thought the illustrations in Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast were cute.Beauty and the Beast and Snow White were my favorite stories in the book. I loved that after each story there was a brief history of the story. I think anybody that’s fond of fairy tales will enjoy this book.

  • Angie
    2019-05-22 20:23

    The best asset of this book is that they didn't use a common version of each fairy tale, but tell them in their own way (Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Pea), so much that, they lose their meaning and purpose to be educational. They became rather dull, or incoherent, sometimes absurd, bold and some sketches gave me the creeps (though each tale had a different style), and reminded me of Tim Burton's work. My favourite was Snow White because the 7 dwarves were cute and funny. Anyway, those retelling tales are so personal that maybe they're not convenient for young children.

  • Nina
    2019-04-28 16:38

    Secrets, Monsters and magic Mirrors is a great book for someone who adores their fairytales. I liked it, but didn’t fell in love with it. The illustrations where very cool, I liked these a lot. I also loved that after a fairytale you will read the original title of the story and who has written it and when. For me there could have been more telling in between these stories about the author who written has written them. I wanted to know how this person came with this wonderful idea and wrote it. If there was more explaining, I probably would have loved this book more. But still a really nice book. Beautifully done.

  • Karen
    2019-04-22 21:37

    As a graphic novel this wasn't bad. The taking of 5 fairy tales, stripped of fanfare and any real villains you would love to hate, I found the book entertaining. The illustrations were very well done. It would have been nice if there would have been more to the tales, but thinking about younger children reading these tales, they would enjoy the shortness of them. It was a insightful to have a little history after each tale as it would certainly give a teacher, parent, grandparent a discussion point with the reader.

  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    2019-05-15 19:17

    Graphic novels are one of my favorite reads. They lend themselves well to the adaptations and retellings. Editor Donald Lemke gathered together a solid collection of fairytales that include Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina and Snow White. Each story is retold by a different author and illustrated by a different artist. Readers will delight in the different stories brought to life in pictures. I look forward to discovering Volume 1 in Stone arch Fairy Tales.

  • Nancy Jo Lambert
    2019-04-26 16:15

    Ok, I will admit that I have not actually read very many graphic novels. This one was good, I thought, and I liked that it was about fairy tales. I also liked that this one used uncommon versions of some of the classic an well known fairy tales. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-10 18:37

    Traditional simple re-tellings of classic fairytales, with different illustrators for each story. Cute collection!This ARC was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-28 22:22

    I liked the Rapunzel and the Beauty and the Beast retellings, but overall, I was not really impressed with the whole thing.

  • Fyre.Katz
    2019-05-21 22:42

    I love these!