Title: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
Author: Stephen Collins
Page Count/Review Word Count: 240
I can’t remember where I first heard about this book. What I can tell you, though, is that every time I’ve heard someone mention it, I’ve wanted to read it. Now that I finally got round to it, I’m glad that I did.
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a modern re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, told through the medium of a graphic novel. It follows the story of a man who lives on the island of ‘Here‘, an orderly little place, and what happens when it starts to lose a little bit of its orderliness. At first, it happens slowly, but then Dave finds that a beard has started to grow… and grow… and grow.
Dave – and the residents of the island – do what they can to stop the onslaught of the giant beard, trimming and shearing and even getting the dog groomers in. But they can’t seem to stop its inevitable growth. And this is where I leave you hanging – I’m not going to tell you any more in case I give the rest of the story away.
Collins has a knack for telling stories – it’s immediately clear once you pick this up – and his haunting visuals complement the story perfectly. It’s definitely recommended from me – check it out!