I received my first copy of Grimm’s fairy tales before I was old enough to read. Almost every day I leafed through the gilt-edged pages looking only at the beautiful, painted illustrations and telling stories to myself. That book began my love affair with fairy tales in all of their forms.
Because my first encounter with fairy tales was through images, it seems quite fitting that my most recent experience would be similar.
Matt Phelan’s graphic novel, Snow White, will be published by Penguin Random House on September 13, 2016. Matt Phelan is an illustrator and writer who has been nominated for two Eisner Awards and who has won the prestigious Newberry Medal and Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
A beautiful retelling of a classic fairy tale, Matt Phelan’s Snow White is set in depression-era NYC. He remains faithful to the classic, literary versions of the tale (namely that of the Grimm Brothers) while adapting the story in a way that is moving and unique in 1920s New York. Continue reading