Rudyard Kipling's How the Leopard Got His Spots: The Graphic Novel by Sean Tulien. Illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez (US) - (Canada)
Finished: Apr. 24, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2012, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, folktale
First sentence: "Back in the days when everybody started fair..."
Publisher's Summary: "In this graphic retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, a leopard finds a way to hide when the Ethiopian covers him with spots."
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.
Reason for Reading: Graphic Spin is my favourite series from this publisher!
Loved this one even more than the Camel book! In this book the narrator tells the story, and the animals & Ethiopian can hear him. They talk back to him quite often and it's quite hilarious. It doesn't mention who the illustrator has worked for in the past as an animator, but these animals facial expressions had me thinking Dreamworks' "Madagascar" big time. They are that personified. Though nobody dies in the book don't get too attached to the game animals, the leopard and Ethiopian are the heroes of this story. A wonderful retelling, in keeping with the mood of the original.
Would love to get the other two books in this set for Keepers.