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Dr. Strange: Strange Tales Paperback – Oct 26 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Oct. 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155492
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this poignant yet entertaining volume, versatile author and artist Waber (The Mouse That Snored) takes a look at the various ways in which kids, the occasional grown-up and one endearing canine display bravery. "There are many kinds of courage," the narrative begins. "Awesome kinds" appears on a spread of trapeze artists; "everyday kinds" depicts a boy who summons the confidence to jump off a high dive. Minimal yet artfully crafted text and sprightly art reveal some gutsy acts that all youngsters will identify with: taking that first bike ride without training wheels, explaining the rip in a brand-new pair of pants. The author's observations range from lighthearted ("Courage is deliberately stepping on sidewalk cracks") to those worthy of reflection ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument"). Waber's wit infuses many of the pages, including one from a dog's viewpoint: a "Beware of Dog" sign adorns the front lawn of a house while, inside, a pooch quakes listening to eerie sounds "Courage is it's your job to check out the night noises in the house." On the affecting, timely penultimate spread, scenes of firefighters and a police officer on the job ("Courage is being a firefighter, or a police officer") appear opposite the image of a mother and two children watching a plane take off ("Courage is sometimes having to say goodbye"). Uncovering an array of triumphs and fears, this is a natural read-aloud likely to spark valuable adult-child dialogue and to help youngsters conquer their own fears. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Focusing on a variety of scenarios, from the serious ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument") to the more lighthearted ("Courage is tasting the vegetable before making a face"), Waber introduces children to the many ways to define this character trait. One or two statements appear on each page, accompanied by a whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustration that offers an amusing interpretation of the captionlike text. Some examples seem to fit attributes other than courage more precisely ("Courage is two candy bars and saving one for tomorrow"), but children will certainly relate to most of them. A good read-aloud to spark conversation about what courage is and isn't, and the many forms it takes.
Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Dr Strange Explores Black Magic March 1 2012
By Anthony S. Picco - Published on
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I read this storyline when it was first published 20+ years ago, and it still holds up. The artwork is ok, better in some places than others, but it is the storyline itself that is fascinating. The saga begins after Dr. Strange has defeated one villain by destroying many of his own mystical objects, and thereby releasing into the universe an equally dangerous situation. And in order to fix this, he has to hook up with former villain Kaluu, and learn to make compromises with his own sense of purity, because without using the energies of black magic he cannot solve the crisis he created. In many ways, this story arc really opened up & evolved the concepts behind the idea and role of a "Sorcerer Supreme." The good doctor has to learn to examine the greater good versus the idea of never putting anyone in harm's way. In some ways the story is a little chilling, because it examines the very concepts of morality & integrity on a large scale. By the end of the tale, Dr. Strange has compromised many of his beliefs in order to repair the damage he created to the universe. Along the way, he is joined on his journey by temporary disciple Rintrah... all in all, one of the several story arcs that make Dr. Strange one of the more thought-provoking characters in the comics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great story! Well written and full of mystic adventure. Aug. 4 2012
By David Landau - Published on
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This was my first reading of Dr Strange and it definitely didn't disappoint. The height of identity is questioned and put to the test as Dr Strange explores magics he never thought possible - all "justified" to safe the world he put in peril.

These issues are just as much moral introspection as they are action & adventure. The magic is fabulous, the dialogue is balanced, and the ending is awesome. Makes you smile in more ways than one!
One of my favourite Dr Strange stories June 27 2014
By Loki Carbis - Published on
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A well-crafted tale of the Doctor's descent into black magic, as it becomes clearer and clearer that white magic just isn't enough anymore. A story of sacrifice and compromise, where the stakes are as high as they've ever been, and it's never sure that if the good Doctor emerges victorious the victory may be a Pyrrhic one.

Also worth checking out for fans of the current Mighty Avengers series who are curious about the morally ambivalent mage Kaluu, one of Marvel's most fun characters, this is a must-read story.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Really Nice Sept. 14 2013
By Jonathan G. - Published on
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I do enjoy this story line it is all over the place. Doctor Strange travel to Asia to the deep parts of the space. Also meets many different Hero's and change his inter-self. Also their is a Shuma-Gorath appears as well. That does never get old.