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INTEREST LEVEL: Age 8+
READING LEVEL: Grades 3+
LEXILE LEVEL: TBA
AUTHOR: Ben Nadler
DIMENSIONS: 7.75" x 10"
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019
About the Book
"Listen to the animals!" An urgent message from the past for today and tomorrow.
Young Randall dreams of adventures until he’s sent off one day on a mission to discover the neighboring king’s secret. When he returns, he’s thrown in a dungeon and despairs until Princess Tilda – the power behind the throne – entices him to compete for her hand. Ben Nadler's modern version in comics highlights the timeless truth at the heart of this Grimms’ fairy tale.
"Ben Nadler retells one of my favorite fairy tales … turning it into a fast-paced and irreverent graphic novel. The result is funny, engaging and an absolute delight. "
-- New York Times Book Review
"Nadler updates a lesser-known Grimm’s tale with diverse characters, compassion for animals, and a feminist hero. Nadler's crisp, neatly laid-out panel artwork is easy to follow, with moments of video-game-like adventure, and bites of magic food produce a hilariously trippy effect as pulsing rainbow halos appear around the eaters’ heads. In an afterword, comic artist Paul Karasik offers context for the modernized components, in particular “girl power,” and makes a case for the free retelling of traditional stories — a sign of more to come, perhaps."
-- Publishers Weekly
"This lesser-known Grimms' tale gets a contemporary facelift with a diverse cast, feminist heroes, and emphasis on the natural world. The brightly colored panels are simply drawn but feature hidden surprises and humorous details. Endearing characters and plenty of adventure make this a highly appealing adaptation. Includes an overview of fairy tales and an analysis of this iteration and the original tale."
"Creator Ben Nadler has turned this timeless tale into a modern version that will resonate and delight today’s young readers."
-- Good Comics for Kids, School Library Journal
"Nadler makes this tale fresh, multiethnic, and accessible to younger children. His shrewdest update is the transformation of Princess Tilda from a prize-to-be-won supporting character into an adept and capable ruler who directly challenges her father's outdated belief that a woman is incapable of wielding power well."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"What a dish Ben Nadler has served us!
A white snake that empowers a servant with the ability to understand insects, birds and other animals and to communicate with them. Nadler's revision of this wonderful Grimms' tale reinforces themes that are just as significant today, if not more so, than in the past: kindness to animals and nature, the brutality of tyranny and sexism, and the affection between people of different races and classes. Lovingly illustrated, this is a story that will touch the hearts of all readers."
--Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
"The White Snake, even with Nadler's smart (and funny) tweaks, this old tale, first collected by the Brothers Grimm in their first edition of the German folk and fairy tales in 1812, stays strange - and delightful! "
“Nadler has reinterpreted the Grimms’ fairy tale for 2019, playing with gender roles and cultural representation in the process … this presentation will ... resonate with young readers today … You’ll almost certainly come away smiling from ear to ear.”
-- The Roarbots
Simultaneous Release in Hardcover & Softcover editions
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 White Snake includes these special features to support both visual and verbal literacy:
Lesson Plan: Visual Indicators
The White Snake Teacher Guide outlines the ELA Common Core Standards to support standards-based instruction in the classroom using this TOON Graphic. The lesson plan offers detailed questions for students with page references, giving the reader opportunities to create their own versions of the tale, just like Nadler has done in updating a well known folktale. This lesson plan also aids the reader in understanding character expressions and visual clues throughout the cartoon.
About the Author
Ben Nadler is an illustrator, writer, and comics artist from Wisconsin, now living in Chicago. He and his father, philosopher Steven Nadler, collaborated on Princeton University’s Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy, the Bronze Winner of INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Philosophy. This is his first book for children.