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Matchless: A Christmas Story

Matchless: A Christmas Story

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by Gregory Maguire
     
 

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With Matchless, Gregory Maguire has reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Match Girl for a new time and new audiences. Originally asked by National Public Radio to write an original story with a Christmas theme, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men was once again inspired by the

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With Matchless, Gregory Maguire has reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Match Girl for a new time and new audiences. Originally asked by National Public Radio to write an original story with a Christmas theme, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men was once again inspired by the fairy tales we all loved in childhood—and he composed a poignant and enchanting tale of transcendence. A lovely and beautifully illustrated gift, Matchless places Andersen’s pitiful waif in the august company of Maguire’s previously re-imagined Snow White (Mirror, Mirror), Cinderella (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), and, of course, the Wicked Witch and other denizens of Oz. 

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
In this adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic The Little Match Girl, a young boy named Frederik longs for something better for his mother and himself. Money is scarce, and life is hard. Frederik is able to find happiness only in the attic, where he has constructed a toy town. However, his life changes when he finds the little match girl's lost slipper, which contains a key and an address. Soon, he and his mother meet the girl's family. His mother marries the girl's father, and the two families are joined together in a happier life. In the climax, Frederik is guided home on Christmas Eve through fog and high water by mysterious lights, reminiscent of the matches sold by the little match girl. In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire to compose a story with a Christmas theme, and this is the result. Penned for the airwaves as it was, the author notes that the story was originally written to be read aloud. These constraints may have contributed to some problems with the story. In addition to the difficulty of improving on Anderson's original tale (the need to provide a "happier spin" on the original, for the sake of modern audiences, seems questionable), the new book is hard to categorize. Since it was written to be read aloud, it should fall into the picture book category. The story, however, is long (112 pages), and the pictures are line-drawn in black and white, a radical departure from modern picture book illustrations. Because it is so text-heavy, it might be considered a chapter book or a middle-grade novel, but it is doubtful that children would be able to access the rather difficult language and style (the type font also is not what young readers areaccustomed to). It should be noted that the copy reviewed here was an uncorrected proof galley, and changes may have been made in the final version which would resolve some of these problems. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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“The little match girl’s story is now getting its due thanks to novelist Gregory Maguire of ‘Wicked’ fame…. Matchless glows with aching beauty.”
Ellen Trachtenberg
“Maguire’s story has the weight and solidity of a treasured folk tale, something to be handed down and retold.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061965975
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
364,622
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
June 9, 1954
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
Education:
B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990
Website:
http://www.gregorymaguire.com

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