The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

By: Jaime Hernandez

Acclaimed cartoonist Jaime Hernandez transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations drawn in India ink and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781943145287

JLG Release: Mar 2018


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Topics: Author’s note , Bibliography , Full-color illustrations drawn in India ink and colored digitally

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Awards & Honors

2019 EGL Award Finalist, Children Fiction
2018 Aesop Prize Winner
Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

This is the first children’s book by groundbreaking comic artist Jaime Hernandez, one of the three Hernandez brothers responsible for the comic “Love and Rockets.” Readers will most likely skip over the old-fashioned, didactic introduction by F. Isabel Campoy on the power of folktales to get to the fun part, and what fun it is. In This is the first children’s book by groundbreaking comic artist Jaime Hernandez, one of the three Hernandez brothers responsible for the comic “Love and Rockets.” Readers will most likely skip over the old-fashioned, didactic introduction by F. Isabel Campoy on the power of folktales to get to the fun part, and what fun it is. In “The Dragon Slayer,” a resourceful farm girl refuses to let a seven-headed dragon interfere with her plans of marriage to a prince. “Martina Martinez and Perez the Mouse” centers on a foolish young bride who, when her mouse husband falls into a pot of soup, cries instead of rescuing him. And in “Tup and the Ants,” a lazy young man goes far on his wits and ability to get others to do his work. Hernandez’s colorful, expressive drawings are full of movement, helping the stories extend beyond the concise, direct text. As so often happens in folktales, humans and animals exist on the same plane, adding to the whimsy. A brief discussion of the three selections closes out each volume. VERDICT These delightfully rendered stories should easily find a home in the folktale/fairy-tale section of any library.—Lucia Acosta, Children’s Literature Specialist, Princeton, NJ

Horn Book

Three amusing and enlightening folktales full of action, magic tricks, and fantasy are presented in a spirited and lively comic-book format (simultaneously published in Spanish as La matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica, translated from the English by María E. Santana). In the titular story, a resourceful young lady stops at nothing (not even t Three amusing and enlightening folktales full of action, magic tricks, and fantasy are presented in a spirited and lively comic-book format (simultaneously published in Spanish as La matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica, translated from the English by María E. Santana). In the titular story, a resourceful young lady stops at nothing (not even taking on a seven-headed dragon) to get what she wants. “Martina Martínez and Pérez the Mouse” is an engaging new take (written by Alma Flor Ada) on the traditional tale that serves as a reminder of the common sense of the doñas, adult women in Latinx communities. In “Tup and the Ants” we meet a lazy young man who outwits his older brother with his cleverness. Folktales can transcend space and time and, as this title proves, genres too. The (mostly) six-panel pages feature expressive characters and colorful tones that add to the playfulness of the stories. An introduction by F. Isabel Campoy places the tales in the context of the folktale traditions of the Americas; comprehensive back matter provides primary sources, a bibliography, and contextual facts. -Alicia K. Long

Book Details

ISBN

9781943145287

First Release

March 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 10"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 570L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

TOON

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Author’s note, Bibliography, Full-color illustrations drawn in India ink and colored digitally,

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