This is an absolutely beautiful story. I don’t know how this passed me by in my childhood. I actually picked up this graphic novel adaptation of Peter Beagle’s book whilst browsing and being suddenly struck by the beauty of the artwork on the cover and in the first few pages. The rest of the book did not disappoint. I really like the art style. It’s lavish, colourful, and absolutely stunning. A feast for the eyes on every page. And the story drew me in, the way that it contains elements of traditional fairytales but spins it a little, avoids making it too perfect. Good and bad characters are not wholly good or bad in this story, characters are incompetent, and people don’t get entirely happy endings – not without a regret or two anyway. That really kept the story fresh, instead of it being just another “and they all lived happily ever after” same old same old fairytale. The one constructive criticism I had was that there were a couple of moments when it wasn’t completely clear what was happening, and this leads me to believe that there is much more to the full book than this graphic novel adaptation, and probably people who have already read the book are more the intended readership than complete newcomers like me. However I still highly recommend this beautiful graphic novel, and it has inspired me to read the full book some day.