Friday, May 11, 2012

121. Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got His Hump: The Graphic Novel

Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got His Hump: The Graphic Novel by Louise Simonson. Illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Spin

Pages: 39
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 23, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2012, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, folktale
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "In the beginning of years, when the world was new, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, a family made its home on the edge of the Howling Desert ..."

Publisher's Summary: "When a camel refuses to do his share of work, a djinn punishes him by giving him a hump in this graphic retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale."
 
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  Graphic Spin is my favourite series from this publisher!

How delighted I was to see Stone Arch Press had added four of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" to their Graphic Spin series of fairytales and folktales! Pedro Rodriguez's illustrations are comical and full of expression.  The book is set up a bit like a field guide as "explorer" Kipling, introduces us to the animal pre-change and then after the tale, he again presents the new animal post-change.  The story is fun and while it's been 5 years since I read the original it seemed to be as I remember it.  That is one thing I enjoy about this series, that they replicate the original versions without watering them down.  Lovely book, looking forward to reading the other one we have on hand!

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