Piper by Jay Asher

Piper

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes ar...

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Piper Reviews

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    I am so excited for this Pied Piper retelling! I love Jay Asher’s books, and I have very high hopes for this one. I am interested in Piper’s secret dark side and the mystery that I’m sure will surround his character. This is also a graphic novel, which I don’t read too often, so this is a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of style. I can’t wait for this book to come out this fall, and I’m sure that I will be impressed.

  • Kazia

    Hmmm I need to think about this one more, there are a ton of panels where folks talking to the deaf (lipreading) protagonist don't appear to be in her sight line but she understands them anyway?

  • Payne Yance

    I ordered this when I found out that the story is about a deaf girl! I'm deaf myself, before you say I'm sorry, don't. It's very dumb thing to say to me. I can do everything, including driving- a shocker, I know right.

    Anyway, I was excited to see what Jay Asher had come up with this one. I loved his other two works, The Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us.

    When I started reading, I was already disappointed of his portrayal of the deaf person. She could lip read, which is common for some d

    I ordered this when I found out that the story is about a deaf girl! I'm deaf myself, before you say I'm sorry, don't. It's very dumb thing to say to me. I can do everything, including driving- a shocker, I know right.

    Anyway, I was excited to see what Jay Asher had come up with this one. I loved his other two works, The Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us.

    When I started reading, I was already disappointed of his portrayal of the deaf person. She could lip read, which is common for some deaf people. But lip reading is sometimes confusing and unclear. As for the deaf culture, we use ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate easily.

    The story itself was a little slow from the beginning but later on, it got good. The ending was really super! Loved the unexpected twist.

    It was a nice retelling of pied piper but was disappointed in the portrayal.

  • JoJo

    Piper is a graphic novel collaboratively written by authors Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg and illustrated by Jeff Stokely. It is a retelling of the Pied Piper and the twist is that his music does not affect one person: Maggie. Maggie is a deaf girl, hence why his music does not endanger her. Maggie’s hearing was lost due to an act of violent bullying and the injustice only stems from there as villagers continue to bully her relentlessly. Yet she continues to make the best of it by telling funny

    Piper is a graphic novel collaboratively written by authors Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg and illustrated by Jeff Stokely. It is a retelling of the Pied Piper and the twist is that his music does not affect one person: Maggie. Maggie is a deaf girl, hence why his music does not endanger her. Maggie’s hearing was lost due to an act of violent bullying and the injustice only stems from there as villagers continue to bully her relentlessly. Yet she continues to make the best of it by telling funny stories to her caretaker, Agathe.

    The Pied Piper heroically comes to save the village from the rat infestation that has wiped out the population with starvation and/or disease. But this rescue comes at a price. A price that the village decides not to pay once the deed is done. But if they refuse to pay in cash, they will have to pay at a different price-revenge.

    Graphic Novels are something that I have only recently begun to develop an interest in, my first being Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga series. I simply must find more graphic novels that have been illustrated by Jeff Stokely as the artwork is marvelous. The expressions of the characters, the movement of the wind, and the playful innocence portrayed in a single panel where the Pied Piper is eating an apple under a tree in front of a peacock, for example. I was just so moved by the illustrations and they greatly improved the storyline.

    Personally, I was hoping for more out of the character of Maggie. I was initially so excited about this graphic novel because it centered around a deaf character. Both of my parents are deaf and so I expected great things from this character but I was a little disappointed. I had to take a star away because it seemed like being deaf only came into play when someone walked up behind her and scared her, when she was incorrectly pronouncing words when Agathe wrote down her stories, or when she was being bullied. I just wish a little more research would have gone into her character because although lip-reading is a way to communicate, there was not any sign language at all. Granted, I was not expecting American Sign Language in a story based in the medieval times, some home signs between Agathe and Maggie would have been redeeming. Furthermore, going back to the sneaking up behind her example, when I try to sneak up on my parents, they can feel the vibrations from my walking behind them and it doesn’t always work. What is failed to be mentioned is that when you lose one sense, the other senses get stronger.

    Although I had to take one (slightly biased) star away, the story itself is minimalist yet powerful. The elements of greed and the despicable villagers are well-balanced by the purity and optimism of Maggie and Agathe despite their tragic situation. Another well-balanced aspect in this story is how both of their backgrounds are isolated, tragic, and yet they find hope in one another. Furthermore, when they go in different directions, they still protect one another making their love story even more emotional.

    I also enjoyed that this was a retelling of the Pied Piper as I thought that was unique. So many fairy tale retellings have centered around the princesses and Red Riding Hood lately that this one stands out.

    In conclusion, I would recommend Piper for readers who enjoy retellings, tragic love stories, unexpected heroes, and graphic novels.

    I would not recommend Piper for those who may be offended on how Maggie’s deafness is portrayed, or those who may be offended or triggered by bullying, violence, kidnapping, and revenge.

  • pizza boy

    פעם ראשונה שאני קורא ספר גרפי. סיפור מקסים ואיור מדהים.

  • Angie

    I really enjoy re-telling stories and haven't seen many Pied Piper stories (and I haven't read any of them), so I was really excited to be given the opportunity to read this one. I wasn't sure what to expect but it is beyond what I would have imagined. The artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful and the style really suits the story. This format also really suits the story, the folk tale/fairy tale of the Pied Piper is a short one and there is a lot of holes that need to be filled in but with all of that it is still short, so this format really stretched the story a bit more and also filled in the holes without loosing the traditional feel. The way this re-telling is written it presents a lot of questions as to what is right and what is wrong, and all that grey area in between. It is also has a great message about judging those around you. I can see this being a book used in schools to spur some interesting discussions.

  • Heather Hughes

    I would like to thank Penguin Random House for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg’s upcoming graphic novel. I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I had absolutely no idea that this would be a graphic novel before I received it in the mail. I looked it up on Goodreads and saw how small the page count was. I should have known just looking at that that it was a graphic novel, but my mind wasn’t there. Either way, the premise really inter

    I would like to thank Penguin Random House for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg’s upcoming graphic novel. I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I had absolutely no idea that this would be a graphic novel before I received it in the mail. I looked it up on Goodreads and saw how small the page count was. I should have known just looking at that that it was a graphic novel, but my mind wasn’t there. Either way, the premise really interested me. I love retellings, so I was all for being a part of the blog tour for these guys.

    So, it’s been A LONG TIME since I have read anything about the Pied Piper. I’m a little bit familiar with it. I know the dude has a flute-type thing and he plays it. Rats follow him, but so do children. I vaguely remember something tragic happening to the children. I mean, I know they disappear.

    The legend goes that a man dressed in “pied” clothing, which is just multicolored clothing, is hired by a village to get rid of the rats that continue to eat their food and just cause a nuisance. The citizens refuse to pay him, so he gets pretty upset and lures their children away in an act of revenge. Some people believe different versions of the tale and even seem to portray him as a symbol of hope. But, that’s pretty much the gist of it.

    I think the last time I really read anything about the Pied Piper was in some Wonder Woman comic. No joke. It was so many years ago, but it’s one of those random memories that you just vividly remember in your head no matter what. The comic was super old from some book shop, I think. Upon further research, it appears that the dude has appeared in other comics with superheroes.

    Go figure.

    Let’s get back to this review, otherwise my babbling will never stop.

    The female main character is named Maggie. She is deaf and lives with a mother-like figure named Agathe. Agathe helps Maggie with her stories based off of real people and real events, but with a twist. Agathe also helps her pronounce words correctly but speaking them slowly. This allows Maggie to read lips correctly.

    The village is trying to solve the rat problem and in comes the Piper himself. He doesn’t really have a name, but the people give him the job anyway. It takes him a while to get rid of the rats because he is trying to learn their song.

    Along the way, Maggie and the Piper bond as they talk about the village, her life, and his life. It’s a fast relationship and they obviously fall for each other, but he is so troubled by his life and his fear of people talking about him and fearing him that he really doesn’t know how to build this relationship with Maggie.

    The Piper is a really unique character. Jay and Jessica portrayed him as a bit younger than how he appears to be in the fable. However, they kept that mysterious demeanor that he has. He has a dark side, too. Jay and Jessica kept the sense of revenge in this story and actually made it a physical thing. For instance, it would change his demeanor and do a complete 180 on his personality. The art would depict his eyes as totally demonic and evil.

    Well, not all black eyes like an actual demon. But, still creepy.

    Maggie is the total opposite of the Piper. She does keep to herself and Agathe, but she is a lot more calm. She doesn’t have too many worries in life other than Agathe and her health. She avoids trouble from other people and it helps the advantage that she is deaf so she doesn’t really know what they are saying about her behind her back. She didn’t have many speaking parts and I don’t know if that’s because she is deaf. I wanted a little bit more of her in other scenes. Maybe it’s harder to actually do character building in a graphic novel? I’m no expert.

    I really want to talk about the art in this novel. The artist is named Jeff Stokely. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, and I really hate that. I love to look at and admire the art in graphic novels because I’ve always wanted to have that talent. It’s admirable.

    When I opened the mail and pulled this book out of the package, I flipped through and was blown away by the art. It’s so detailed and so colorful. The characters have their own traits, both physical and mentally portrayed through their actions and words. I feel like, if this were a regular novel, it’d be a good length because so many details and thoughts can be written out in words. So, when reading this as a graphic novel, I kept looking at the imagery that was right in front of me. Of course, it’s a fast read because it’s a graphic novel. However, your eyes are just drawn to the art and the background. I can only imagine how long it took for Jeff to create this and how his hand must have gotten sore at times!

    On a side note, I really wish I could have the cover enlarged so I could frame it. It’s so beautiful and mysterious. I wonder if there’s a way to make that happen. Hint, hint, Razorbill (wink, wink).

    I’m really happy that I got to be a part of this blog tour. I enjoyed this story so much and it just makes me want to take the plunge and actually read more graphic novels that are out there. I do have plans for a book-buying binge soon… (cue sinister laugh and rubbing of the hands)

  • Lola  Reviewer

    Believe it or not, I have actually never read or heard about the original story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin before, so although this is a retelling, I would not be able to point out what details were changed or added.

    But the Piper did remind me a lot of Peter Pan, since the latter is also very good at controlling other people and has a darker side. Plus the Piper himself gives off this vibe of being immortal – a legend more than a human being. And if we want to compare the two in terms of styl

    Believe it or not, I have actually never read or heard about the original story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin before, so although this is a retelling, I would not be able to point out what details were changed or added.

    But the Piper did remind me a lot of Peter Pan, since the latter is also very good at controlling other people and has a darker side. Plus the Piper himself gives off this vibe of being immortal – a legend more than a human being. And if we want to compare the two in terms of style, hello, they both can’t get enough of the colour green.

    In short, what happens is that rats are destroying the grains of a village, so the Piper comes along and offers to rid the villagers of all the rats, in exchange for payment. Somewhere else in the village a girl dreams of romance (because that’s all girls do, snort). The two meet, sparks fly, and deceptions occur.

    I was so surprised to see this book was written by Jay Asher (with Jessica Freeburg) that I had to double check it was not a novel. But no, it’s a graphic novel for teen readers with lovely illustrations.

    I have a feeling those who are familiar with the Pied Piper of Hamelin will not enjoy this very much. It’s a simple story that attempts at depth in its narrative and characters, but fails to move us, possibly because of its shortness. Truth be told, this is one of those stories that would make better novels without the graphic part.

    However, it is pleasant if all you’re looking for is an engaging enough read with beautiful visuals to admire. I would read this in the bus or metro if I were you. It is interesting, just not memorable enough, especially since the romance left me shrugging. Nice little dark twists, though, that’s for sure.

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  • Azbaqiyah

    Just wow! Didn't I tell ya that I'm totally sucker for retelling? I simply love this retelling! The art was impressively gorgeous.

    Right after reading it, my mind keep wondering what the music sound like when the piper play. It's must be haunting~~~

  • Chanpreet

    This illustrated retelling of the classic

    is amazing! The colorful images, the story, it was all just wonderful! I feel like this is a great way to bring classics to younger readers and even create new readers. I would've absolutely loved to have this in novel form, but still think this is a great medium!

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