Today I am wrapping up Carl V. of Stainless Steel Droppings’ Once Upon a Time Challenge V. It is a challenge that involved a couple of months enjoying 4 genres: fantasy, fairy tales, folklore and mythology; both the reading of them, and the reading of reviews by other bloggers.
You may recall (from here) that the daughter and I had decided to do, at the very least, Quest the 2nd, which was to read one book a from each genre. Really, this was all rather effortless to N who loves said genres. I had meant to keep track of her readings, but I didn’t, unfortunately.
Such as it is, here is my list:
a few picture books:
The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum written by Kate Bernheimer, pictures by Nicoletta Ceccoli : fairytale, folklore.
A Dignity of Dragons: Collective Nouns for Magical Beasts by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli. : fairytale, mythology
The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez, Illustrated by Fabian Negrin : folklore
some juvenile fiction novels:
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente w/ illustrations by Ana Juan : fairytale
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. : fairytale
some graphic novels/comics:
Castle Waiting (vol.1) by Linda Medley : fairytale
Foiled by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mike Cavallaro : fairytale
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Ed. Matt Dembicki : folklore, mythology
one for the adults:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss : fantasy
(no posted review) Italo Calvino’s The Cloven Viscount : folklore : fantasy. and Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle : folklore.
Ondine (2009), director/writer Neil Jordan : fantasy, folklore, fairytale.
Thor (2011) Directed by Kenneth Branagh : fantasy, mythology
We spent some time in these non-fictional sources, which I did not review:
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (WW Norton & Co) edited by Marguerite Gordon : folklore. These are marvelous!!
Myths of the World:The Illustrated Treasury of the World’s Greatest Stories (Duncan Baird) edited by Tony Allan. wherein we concentrated on North American myth.
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World (WW Norton & Co) by Kathleen Ragan w/ foreword by Jane Yolen. A toe-dip into this collection this time, and again in the North American myths.
The challenge was a fun one, and if you haven’t participated in one of Carl’s challenges, I strongly recommend you do. Reader’s Imbibing Peril will be coming up in September, which is a great place to start. Meanwhile, check out the Once Upon a Time (V) Review site for links to other participants reviews. There are some really great ones (though I was regrettably lax in my commenting).