Thursday, May 28, 2015

Far Out Fairy Tales: Ninja-rella!

So, have you noticed that at my (Whit's) house we have a little bit of a Cinderella problem?? We do!  We read ALOT of Cinderella-- every version we can get our hands on.  In fact, awhile back I put as many new (to us) versions on hold as I could. GUESS WHAT?? We found a graphic novel version that we happen to LOVE! Ninja-rella...
Of course you all know I'm a sucker for parodies, but this is really a great tale! And Cuteness is all about karate right now, so add ninjas to Cinderella and you have a blue ribbon winner in her world!
I love the family portraits showing how things change in Ninja-rella's world!  I just think that's such a unique way to show the progression of the story!
You may be wondering if Ninja-rella wears glass slippers? NO! She has a fantastic sparkling sword instead! And she doesn't want to marry the prince, she wants to train with him-- but in the end, she ends up protecting him, as his bodyguard! Talk about girl power!!

After reading this book we decided to look more into the Far Out Fairy Tales series.  There are three more books which our library happened to have.  Here's a quick run down…

Red Riding Hood, Superhero stars Ruby, your average granddaughter of the president of the United States. Oh plus she has a secret identity-- she's a superhero! And she's protecting the world and President Grandma from evil--this time it's the diabolical Professor Grimm who was bitten by a radio-active wolf! This one is fun and the parallels to the original are quite clever!

In Super Billy Goats Gruff the goats eat some magic plants and morph into a video game…where they are looking for food, because even with video game powers, they're still hungry!  This was one has a lot of silly fun. You follow each brother on a different level of the game and they eventually meet up to trip trap across the lava bridge…will they get across?? (If you've read the original, then you probably know the answer to that.)

Snow White and the Seven Robots is the last version we read. It's set in space and has kind of a Stars Wars feel...maybe?? This was a little deep for us, but I suspect that it would make a space and robot loving kiddo very happy. That sounds right up Robyn's alley…maybe she'll have to check this one out and report back.

I don't know if there are plans for more books to be made in this series, but I certainly hope so! We'd read them for sure!  Would you, or are you more of a fairy tale purest?

Happy reading everyone! 

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