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Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 25th 2019
Here there be dragons
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The Storyteller was a television series produced by Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock, in the '80s. It starred a heavily made up John Hurt as The Storyteller, who told stories to his talking dog, voiced by Jim's son Brian Henson. The stories were fairytales from around the world that were fantastic, bizarre, and occasionally extremely creepy (One particular story called The Cat With Hands gave me nightmares). A reboot of the show has been announced for 2020, with Neil Gaiman at the helm, but in the meantime, nostalgic fans can enjoy it in print format.

The Storyteller graphic novels are collections of stories as told by the Storyteller, each based on a particular theme (the other volumes are about witches, giants, fairies and sirens). The dragons volume compiles four issues, with four separate stories about dragons, illustrated by different artists. The styles are different, but all the art is superb. There is a mixture of tales from different cultures.

The first story, The Son of the Serpent, is based on native American folk tales, and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Translucid). Albina is a story about a woman warrior, based on a Russian story. The Worm of Lambton is an English story and features art by Nathan Pride (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard), and Samurai's Sacrifice has its roots in Japanese folk tales.

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From The Son of the Serpent.

Jim Henson's Storyteller: Dragons is an excellent collect of fantasy tales for fans of folk tales in general and dragons in particular.
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