Fables 1001 Nights of Snowfall
Published 18 October 2006 by Vertigo
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Reviewed by: Ms. Alison - Teen Librarian (95th St.)
What’s great about this stand-alone graphic novel is that it serves as a good introduction to Willingham’s land of Fables for newcomers and fans alike. Snow White recounts tales for 1,001 nights to an Arabian sultan who wants to murder her as he does all of his wives. Each night Snow White tells him a different story about how popular storybook characters make their way to refuge in Fabletown. We learn about Bigby, aka the big bad wolf, who is the son of the North Wind. Think: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” Snow White’s own journey, along with Rose Red, Reynard the fox, King Cole, and more are all depicted by different illustrators.
While the Fables graphic novel series just released its nineteenth volume in December, it continues to grow strong with more back stories and fairy tale characters. There were some volumes that weren’t my favorite, but it depends on each character’s back story and popularity. Since 1001 Nights of Snowfall is almost a prequel to the whole Fables series, it actually redeems the series in my eyes, bringing me back to what I originally fell in love with: a crazy, sometimes unbelievable spin on classic fairy tales from my childhood.
Who knew Neil Berger wouldn’t be directing the next Divergent films…crazy!