The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

Series: TOON Graphics   

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Annotation: A collection of three Latin American folktales retold in graphic novel form.
Catalog Number: #160741
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 40 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-943145-28-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-943145-28-7
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 2017042011
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Spanish-language edition translated by Marma E. Santana. Three amusing and enlightening folktales ("Martina Martmnez and Pirez the Mouse" was written by Alma Flor Ada) are presented in a lively comic-book format. Expressive characters and colorful tones add to the stories' playfulness. F. Isabel Campoy's introduction places the tales in the context of folktale traditions of the Americas; primary sources and contextual facts are appended. Also available in Spanish. Bib.
School Library Journal
HERNANDEZ, Jaime . La matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica . ISBN 9781943145300 ; ISBN 9781943145317 . ea vol: illus. by Jaime Hernandez. 48p. bibliog. Toon Bks. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.95. pap. $9.99. Gr 46 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
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A trio of Latin American folktales are given a makeover in the children's-book debut of one of the brothers behind famed graphic-novel series Love and Rockets.In the three stories, a young girl proves her smarts and bravery, not to mention her skills as a dragon slayer; a woman named Martina Martínez marries a mouse, which leads to an unexpected tragedy; and a boy named Tup considered lazy by his family finds a way to feed them all. In his six-panel pages, Hernandez flexes his considerable storytelling skills, his deceptively simple art conveying all the detail, nuance, and expression of character each story needs. The protagonist of the first tale is unnamed, which becomes ironic given how much agency she employs to get to the future her selfless acts should earn her. In the second piece, an older woman turns out to be the hero by simply practicing common sense that everyone else has forgotten. And in the final story, it's cleverness that saves the day. In addition to the tales themselves, the book opens with an on-point essay by author F. Isabel Campoy putting the mix of Spanish and Native American influences in context. It closes with brief histories and art influences for each story as well as English- and Spanish-language phrases to help readers start telling their own. María E. Santana's simultaneously publishing Spanish-language translation is identical in look but far from dry, flawlessly employing its own language quirks.Rousing tales, spirited artwork, and rich backmatter ensure that this slim graphic novel for kids becomes a rich resource for all caregivers, not just those of Latinx children. (bibliography) (Graphic folktales. 4-10)
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Horn Book (8/1/18)
School Library Journal (5/1/18)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 2,576
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 194233 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q72677
Lexile: 570L
Guided Reading Level: P

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Hernandez's first book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America toa new generation of graphic-novel fans around the world.

The dragon slayer
Martina Martinez and Perez the mouse : a story by Alma Flor
Tup and the ants.

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