Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Dog and the Sailor by Pete Jordi Wood

The Dog and the Sailor The Dog and the Sailor by Pete Jordi Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Happy #pridemonth, y’all! I’ve got a treat for you! Pete Jordi Wood, who was studying folklore for a Masters degree in Illustration, discovered a long lost fairy tale that had a queer protagonist at its center. It turns out that Stith Thompson, part of the duo that created the Aarne Thompson Uther Tale Type Index, made a point of deleting any fairy tales that had positive queer characters, as he felt that queer people were a “perversion”, akin to bestiality and incest. Basically, one guy was unfortunately able to erase who knows how many queer fairy tales because of his bigotry.

So, when Wood discovered this long lost tale, about a young sailor who is able to able to resist the evil Sea Witch’s beauty, and therefore her magic, and save the kingdom, he jumped at the chance to translate and illustrate this fairy tale for a new generation to discover. It’s charming, the illustrations are fantastic, and it really is a true gem of a story.

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