January 20, 2011

Native American tales as graphic novel work well

Trickster: Native American Tales

Many myths, folktales, and other traditional stories contain a character called the trickster, who likes to tease, steal, or cause mischief. In this lively collection of Native American tales, the trickster, both human and animal, figures prominently. The comic-book format makes for a more engaging read, and the vibrant artwork ably convey the humour, sadness, or gravity inherent in each story. Some of my favourites include Coyote and the Pebbles, Rabbit's Choctaw Tail Tale, and How Wildcat Caught a Turkey. The strangest tale: Raven the Trickster. The strangest character: Horned Toad Lady. 

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