As the subtitle notes (a Fables novel) this book is an outgrowth of Willingham’s popular Fables series of comics:
Fables is a unique series imagining that all of your favorite nursery rhyme, storybook, and fable characters are real and living in New York City.
The characters have all escaped from their own homelands and gathered in a small area of New York. Of course, this is only the human looking characters. All of the animals, Puss in Boots, the Three Little Pigs, Mother Goose, and more, live in an area of upstate New York Known as The Farm.
I have not read any of these comics but the hook was intriguing. I immediately thought of the Sister’s Grimm series but with an adult perspective rather than YA. Since I love SG I wanted to check out this similar sounding take on fairy tales. The fact that it came with illustrations only added to my interest.
And those expectations were largely met. Peter & Max is a creative and interesting reworking of the Pied Piper story. It left me wondering if this is a one off building on the comics or whether we can expect more novel exploration of Fabletown.