Reynard's Tale: A Story of Love and Mischief (Hardcover)
In this atmospheric tribute to the medieval folklore tradition of trickster tales starring Reynard the fox, beloved children's cartoonist Ben Hatke turns his pen to a very special project for adult readers.
Inspired by the 12th century tales of the indomitable trickster fox Reynard, this offbeat tribute to the archetypal rogue has a satisfyingly old-fashioned feeling to it. Although this Reynard adventure is entirely the creation of modern fairytale master Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack), it fits seamlessly into the body of Reynard tales still beloved in Europe to this day.
Featuring evocative, charming black-and-white illustrations and a swiftly moving narrative, Reynard's Tale follows our hero through a series of encounters with other classic figures from this body of folklore to piece together a headlong journey through a perilous landscape filled with murderers, kings, ex-lovers, mermaids, and even Death herself.
About the Author
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
"Hatke takes a deft hand to his contribution to the stories of Reynard the Fox, the trickster at the center of a trove of medieval tales, bringing in familiars from the original sources and adding his own creations and sardonic edge. " — Bulletin of the Center for Children's books, starred review
"Hatke crafts the mischievous, forgotten folktale star of the middle ages into a likable protagonist, as readers will find themselves rooting for the cunning fox through the perils he encounters." — Booklist