Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall is a prequel to the Fables series written by Bill Willingham. Now I’ve been really really wanting to read Fables series, but just can’t get my hands on the books from my library (long story). So when I saw 1001 Nights, and read the introduction which says that I can read this part without having to read the main series beforehand, I grabbed it, and finished it in half a day.
In 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Snow White visited the Arab Sultan (the one in 1001 Arabian Nights, the one who marries a virgin every single day and kills her in the morning that follows) to seek alliance between Fabletown and the Sultan’s Kingdom. Instead of Scheherazade, Snow was in the company of the Sultan and tell him stories after stories about the past and tales of the Fables. From what happened to Snow White after she got married, how the Big Bad Wolf got to be, the devastating life events of the Frog Prince, the history of the witch who lived in the candy chocolate house (who trapped Hansel and Gretel), and some minor stories.
What can I say? I LOVE it! The art is amazingly good. For this particular book, there are a bunch of illustrators, who each illustrates one story. So you can see a big difference of style between one story to another, but equally great. It’s so good that I couldn’t stop flipping back and forth, indulging in the beauty of the illustrations. Gorgeous. Wonderful. (insert more words for “very good” here)
I don’t think this Fables is appropriate for young children. What with naked Snow White and more adult themes around some stories. To this day I can’t stop wondering why graphic novels are always placed near/at the “Children/Picture Book” section in the libraries. Having read some graphic novels, I can assure you I wouldn’t want my kids to read them in their early age. When would all adults realize that not all books with pictures are kiddies?
Anyway, this book is perfect for adults who enjoy fairy tales retellings. I can’t praise it high enough. Great cover too! I’d definitely chase after the rest of the Fables series. To be honest, if 1001 Nights is a representation of the series, I’d like Fables much more than the Sandman series (I realize I just read the first in the Sandman series and you all have said it’s not a good representation of the whole series).
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Publication year: 2006
Once upon a time, as all stories of this type must begin, a lovely woman traveled to a far-off demon-haunted land of magnificent jeweled cities, cast adrift in a sea of wind-tossed desert.
“He likes stories,” Snow said.
2007 Will Eisner Award for Best Anthology, Best Short Story (Bill Willingham and James Jean, for A Frog’s Eye View), Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Jill Thomson, for “Fair Division”), and Best Cover Artist (James Jean) [source] [source2]