Homecoming

Homecoming

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by Ray Bradbury, Dave McKean, Dave McKean
     
 

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Illustrated classics for adults! Here, Collins Design's WISP series pairs two legendary creators–writer Ray Bradbury and artist Dave McKean–to create an irresistible package perfect for Halloween and all year 'round.

The WISP series (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) represents an ingenious marriage of two creative forces: the artistry

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Illustrated classics for adults! Here, Collins Design's WISP series pairs two legendary creators–writer Ray Bradbury and artist Dave McKean–to create an irresistible package perfect for Halloween and all year 'round.

The WISP series (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) represents an ingenious marriage of two creative forces: the artistry of today's foremost illustrators and the literary legacy of beloved authors of popular short works for adults. The resulting offspring of this union are captivating, full–color illustrated editions of timeless classics that readers will want to savor and collect.

For the first time ever, the series makes selected popular short works previously offered only in collections available in a unique, stand–alone format. Also for the first time, WISPs harness the talents of top illustrators for the benefit and delight of a new, older audience.

This WISP presents Ray Bradbury's The Homecoming, a little boy's tale of his family reunion of vampires. This story was initially published in 1946 and later refashioned into further stories. Bringing this story to life are the wondrous illustrations of Dave McKean, whose delightful artwork perfectly matches the tale.

These one–of–a–kind, attractively priced and invitingly formatted illustrated editions will make a great impulse buy and appeal to a broad audience.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Ray Bradbury fans are in for an extraordinary treat! Legendary British mixed-media artist Dave McKean has taken a Bradbury masterwork -- 1946's The Homecoming -- and illustrated the dark fantasy classic with full-color graphics that make the spooky story of a mortal boy and his extended family of supernatural monstrosities virtually come to ghoulish life on the page.

Timothy is a normal ten-year-old boy; the one thing that makes him different from other kids his age is his family, which includes a wide variety of vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, mummies, and other assorted creatures that go bump in the night. It's All Hallows' Eve, and relatives from all over the world are gathering together for one glorious night of celebration. But Timothy -- who doesn't have fangs and can't fly or walk through walls -- feels left out of the festivities…

The Homecoming is part of HarperCollins's WISP (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) series -- a fusion of virtuoso modern illustrators and classic short works of fiction. Visually mesmerizing and still as darkly enchanting as it was 60 years ago, this illustrated edition of The Homecoming is, like so many other Bradbury works, so much more than it initially seems. Yes, it's a beloved all-ages Halloween read, but it's also a deeply poignant coming-of-age story that explores themes of family, love, belonging -- and what it means to truly be alive. Those who haven't yet read this dark Bradbury tale should check out this beautifully bizarre illustrated version ASAP. It's an instant collector's item. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060859626
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Series:
Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces Series
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
685,152
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1920
Place of Birth:
Waukegan, Illinois
Education:
Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
Website:
http://www.raybradbury.com

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