INTEREST LEVEL: Age 8+
READING LEVEL: Grades 3+
LEXILE LEVEL: 570L
AUTHOR: Jaime Hernandez
LANGUAGES: English & Spanish
DIMENSIONS: 7.75" x 10"
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018
ENGLISH HARDCOVER EDITION
SPANISH HARDCOVER EDITION
ENGLISH PAPERBACK EDITION
SPANISH PAPERBACK EDITION
About the Book
A fresh take on timeless tales! 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 to a new generation of graphic novel fans around the world.
★★★ "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 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...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...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"
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"This beautifully designed collection, with amiable art in lovely full color, is perfect for bedtime read-aloud or a lesson on traditional folktales."
Simultaneous Release in English & Spanish in both hardcover & paperback editions!
The Dragon Slayer is our first book to be released in four editions and the first TOON Graphic available in paperback. We're delighted to share La matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica with Spanish-language speakers and learners everywhere!
TOON Graphic Special Features
The world of TOON Graphics and of comic book art is rich and varied. Making meaning out of reading with the aid of visuals may be the best way to become a lifelong reader, one who knows how to read for pleasure and for information—a reader who loves to read. The Dragon Slayer includes these special features to support both visual and verbal literacy:
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About the Author
Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator, along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, of the comic book series Love and Rockets. Since publishing the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981, Jaime has won an Eisner Award, 12 Harvey Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times Book Review calls him "one of the most talented artists our polyglot culture has ever produced." Jaime decided to create The Dragon Slayer, his first book for young readers, because "I thought it would be a nice change of pace from my usual grown-up comics." He read through tons of folktales to choose these three. What made them stand out? Maybe he saw himself in their characters. Jaime says, "I'm not as brave as the dragon slayer, but I can be as caring. I'm as lazy as Tup without being as resourceful. I am not as vain as Martina, but I can be as foolish."