Trickster: Native American Tales

Trickster: Native American Tales

by Matt Dembicki

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Overview

2010 Maverick Award winner, 2011 Aesop Prize Winner – Children’s folklore section, and a 2011 Eisner Award Nominee.
 
All cultures have tales of the trickster – a crafty creature or being who uses cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief. He disrupts the order of things, often humiliating others and sometimes himself. In Native American traditions, the trickster takes many forms, from coyote or rabbit to raccoon or raven. The first graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales, Trickster brings together Native American folklore and the world of comics.
 
In Trickster, 24 Native storytellers were paired with 24 comic artists, telling cultural tales from across America. Ranging from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish, these tales bring tricksters back into popular culture. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555917241
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 149,496
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Matt Dembicki is a cartoonist workin' and livin' in the DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia area). He previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology that was named as one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post, and Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures. Matt is co-founder of the D.C. Conspiracy, a local comic creators collective that publishes the semi-annual free comics newspaper Magic Bullet. Connect with him on his blog at matt-dembicki.blogspot.com.

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Vigorously rendered in striking graphic format, this robust anthology of 21 Native American folktales features a bevy of wily rascals in a veritable smorgasbord of trickster tales… this unique collection of Native American folklore invites readers to sample and savor each colorful, wily tale.—Kirkus

More than 40 storytellers and cartoonists have contributed to this original and provocative compendium of traditional folklore presented in authentic, colorful, and engaging sequential art... The total package is accessible, entertaining, educational, inspiring, and a must-have for all collections.—School Library Journal

With stories that vary in emotional tone, matching the ever-shifting appearance and character of the trickster himself and the lessons he teaches and learns, this collection is an ideal choice for dipping into over and over. A dandy read for those interested in history, folklore, adventure, humor, or the arts, and a unique contribution to the form.—Booklist

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Trickster: Native American Tales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: This was a Cybils '10 nominee and I hadn't read it by the time judging was due as it was not a contender by that time and I'm just now getting to it.I have to admit I was not exactly excited about reading this book. Graphic anthologies have mostly been a miss for me in the past and though I love myths and legends, Native American tales are not exactly my favourite (tall tales don't do it for me either). So it was with some trepidation I read the first story which I found entirely entertaining, as I did the next, and the next, and the next, and so forth. The book contains a total of twenty-one tales and I only found one to be "ho-hum", the rest were funny and amusing with a few on the more serious side but still delightful. The book itself is a gorgeous work of art with thick, glossy quality paper and a firm binding that will last repeated readings. The artwork is wonderful. Each story is illustrated by someone different and the various art styles create a gorgeous book to wander through. The stories are suitable for all ages both in text and illustration. There is no indication of intended audience and I recommend it for all ages. Adults will certainly appreciate the stories on a higher level than children, but the book is easy reading for approximately grade five and up, with the stories being entirely acceptable to read aloud to much younger children. A fine book, I'm glad to own! Wish I hadn't taken so long to read it! m km