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Tall: Great American Folktales
Tall: Great American Folktales
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Tall: Great American Folktales

Four larger-than-life American folktales come alive in this collection of comics from award-winning creators and rising stars! The tall tales include Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed.

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Spin
Age Level8-11 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Trim Size0 x 0
Page Count144
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Good Comics for Kids blog, School Library Journal - Esther Keller

"...delightfully and humorously told for readers of all ages, with illustrations that could come from a Saturday morning cartoon. Young readers will delight in stories they might or might not know. . . .An excellent choice for librarians and parents looking to give their kids a little something different to read." - Good Comics for Kids blog, School Library Journal

August 15, 2012

The Unshelved Book Club - Gene Ambaum

"An anthology of American folktales told in comics format. Paul Bunyan’s footprints become Minnesota’s ten thousand lakes, Pecos Bill lassos a twister, John Henry out-tunnels a mechanical drill, and Johnny Appleseed does a lot of planting. . . .The art is different for each tale, but all use the comics format in pleasant ways. My favorite was the Paul Bunyan story with its bright colors, extremely cartoony drawings, and details I don’t remember from reading the stories previously: the Seven Ax-men named Elmer and Sport the Reversible Dog." - The Unshelved Book Club

August 24, 2012


Reading Today Online - Barbara A. Ward, Washington State University Pullman

"With their exaggeration and humor, tall tales can have high reader appeal since they contain enough credible material to be believed as well as elements that leave readers shaking their head in disbelief. This graphic version of four classic American tall tales serves up Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed deliciously. . . .This title will certainly spark interest in more folktales and might even prompt some budding writers to create their own. Readers will enjoy how the stories stand alone with unique interpretations, partly derived from how they are told but also from their illustrations." - Reading Today Online

June 12, 2013

No Flying No Tights blog - Whitney

"Collecting the tall tales of four American legends, Tall: Great American Folktales provides a full-color, visual entrypoint for young readers either just learning about these heroes or who are looking for more. . . .The tales are quick to read and accessible for an elementary school audience..." - No Flying No Tights blog

October 23, 2012



Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2013 YA Top 40 Vibrant illustrations work well with the text and drive the stories with a sense of strength and passion. Puns and clever witticism add a humorous element to the stories.

May 1, 2013

Martin Powell

Martin Powell

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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