Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nathan Hale's Fairy Tale Humor

Rapunzel's Revenge Calamity Jack

Back in February, Nathan Hale--illustrator of Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack--featured a Picture Book Marathon on his blog in which he brainstormed picture book ideas and created cover art for them for almost every day of the month. It was all in fun and a few were fairy tale related and my favorite wasn't but it was obviously children's book related, so I am going to show it anyway. The text is Nathan's and just as fun as the illustrations.

The Three Little Trilobites

The story of the three little pigs, told in the pre-historic Silurian sea. Instead of being chased by the big bad wolf, the three little trilobites are on the run from a nasty Mixopterus--a sea scorpion. First the trilobites build their homes from loose shells, then Crinoid stalks, last of all they build themselves a home deep in the mud, where they live happily ever after--they even end up as a fossilized display in a museum!

Don't confuse this story with last year's "One Trick Ponies," where the three Pleistocene ponies were on the run from the Giant Terror Bird. That was a prehistoric take on the Seven Chinese Brothers--this one is based on the Three Little Pigs. Similar, but different.


The Emperor-tron's New Mecha-Battle Armor

The story of The Emperor's New Clothes told with giant killer robots.

The Very Hungry Computer Virus

"On Monday he ate through an Apple computer, but he was still hungry..."

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Last year, he offered The Ugly Pterodactylus and Goldilocks and the 300 Bears.
If you're a fan of the Rapunzel and Calamity Jack books, do look for the Lego tie-ins on Nathan's blog, too, such as here and here

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