[Welcome to the EL Book Introductions series. These posts are all short (<180 words) introductions/reviews of books in the EL library. They focus on telling you what we think will be interesting for you, a college student and English learner, so use them to help you find the right book for you. You can also use the tags to find books about topics you might be interested in.]
Don’t be scared by how thick this book is (426 pages!): it is actually a collection of 50 short stories and pictures. Each story is short, and you probably even already know many of them. Do you know “The Shepard and the Weaver Girl” (the story of Tanabata)? How about “The Tortoise and the Hare” or “Momotaro”? Now, imagine these stories retold as science fiction!
Once Upon a Time Machine is hard to describe because every story is written and drawn by different artists. If I were you, I would look at the table of contents, find a story I know, and give it a read. On the other hand, you could flip through the book until you find an art style that jumps out at you: every story has a completely different look!
My two cents: This is a good book to borrow for just one story or two. Enjoy the creative interpretations of stories you already know!