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Gamayun Tales I

Written by Alexander Utkin

Illustrated by Alexander Utkin

Part of the Gamayun Tales Series

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Gamayun Tales I Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Graphic Novels & Comics Star Books Traditional Tales

Gorgeous, gripping graphic novel reinventions of Russian folk tales

An Anthology of Modern Russian Folk Tales

The first anthology of Alexander Utkin’s stunning Gamayun Tales graphic novel series, this is a mind-blowingly bold and inventive banquet of traditional Russian folklore given a unique, modern twist - a cornucopia of Slavic adventures that thrill, enchant and give fresh life to timeless tales.


As he announces at the beginning of this book, Gamayun is the all-seeing, all-knowing magical human-faced bird of Slavic mythology. “I can predict the future and I know the past,” he brashly declares. “Believe it or not, I know everything.” Gamayun also loves to tell stories, “tales of courage, love and wisdom.” And this book features three such stories, The King of Birds, The Water Spirit and Tyna of the Lake, each of them resplendent with art that feels at once timeless and modern, and stories that are rich in adventure and populated by incredible creatures and magical objects. 


Gamayun Tales I will make a glorious addition to home and school bookshelves, though given its elemental appeal, it won’t spend much time on the shelf - this is a book that fans of super hero figures, folk tales, and classic adventures will want to keep close to hand and return to over and over again.

Joanne Owen

Gamayun Tales I Synopsis

Collected into a beautiful new paperback edition for the first time! Alexander Utkin's Gamayun Tales are fresh and modern adaptations of familiar Russian folktales, teamed with bold and beautiful illustrations. 

Jam-packed with stories of magical quests and talking animals, golden chests that turn into palaces and encounters with terrifying Water Spirits, there's no end to the adventure in these books!

Gamayun Tales I Press Reviews

Praise for the Gamayun Tales Series:

'Utkin's work is mesmerising and haunting both visually and narratively.' - Publishers Weekly

'It feels almost timeless, which is sureky the hallmark of a near perfect adaptation.' - Pipedream Comics

'Alexander Utlkin imbues this book with an energy that is enchanting to all.' - The Comics Journal

'Truly gorgeous illustration and craft.' - Broken Frontier

'If you grew up on Ingrii and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's books... Then this is what you're looking for in the modern era.' - Paste Magazine, The 20 Best Kids Comics of 2018

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ISBN: 9781910620670
Publication date: 01/03/2020
Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910620670
Publication date: 1st March 2020
Author: Alexander Utkin
Illustrator: Alexander Utkin
Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 184 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Graphic Novels & Comics, Traditional Tales
Recommendations: Star Books
Collections: Guest Editor, June 2021 - Stephen L Holland,

About Alexander Utkin

Alexander Utkin is an illustrator, comic artist, designer and musician from Russia. He studied at Moscow State University of Printing Arts, graduating in 2006 with a Master of Arts. Clients include Samsung, Universal Music and WWF, among many others. Find Alexander on Instagram

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