Peter and Max by Bill Willingham

Peter and Max cover artI knew about the Fables series by Bill Willingham but never picked any up, not being a huge fan of graphic novels. My disclaimer: there is nothing wrong with graphic novels; I love the art and stories and appreciate the talent that goes into creating them, but just never got into them so much. So, when I learned that there was a book that takes place in the same world, I decided to try it.

The Fable characters in this book are from fairytales, nursery rhymes, and other fabulous fictional worlds.Peter is the famous Peter Piper – yes, the one who picked a pepper and also the one who put his wife in a pumpkin shell. Peter is married to Bo Peep and in reading this book you find out exactly how she lost her sheep. You’ll meet the husband of Snow White – not Prince Charming – and find out that her sister Rose Red drives a Range Rover.

Now, I have been a fan of Grimm’s fairy tales ever since the elementary school librarians, tired of trying to keep me corralled in the picture book section, finally allowed me to choose books from the “older” section of the library. I was not disappointed in the story of Peter and Max. Willingham pulled these fairytale and nursery rhyme characters into the present with great success. It could have been a modern-day Grimm’s fairy tale. Kudos to you Bill Willingham!

I borrowed this book from the library but now I know I will have to purchase it so I can have it on my own shelves.

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