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Oscar Wilde was the master of the studied insult. His jabs at hypocrisy, pretense and boring conventionality still have a penetrating power. His snubs and put-downs became the talk of his time, no less by his targets than by Wilde himself. This illustrated collection features over 750 of his biting comments.

Presents Wilde's well-known Selfish Giant, Nightingale and the Rose, Devoted Friend, Happy Prince, Remarkable Rocket, and ...

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Overview

Oscar Wilde was the master of the studied insult. His jabs at hypocrisy, pretense and boring conventionality still have a penetrating power. His snubs and put-downs became the talk of his time, no less by his targets than by Wilde himself. This illustrated collection features over 750 of his biting comments.

Presents Wilde's well-known Selfish Giant, Nightingale and the Rose, Devoted Friend, Happy Prince, Remarkable Rocket, and Young King.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Lovers of Oscar Wilde's stories will delight in this new illustrated version of The Canterville Ghost if the picture book format does not keep them from finding it. Wilde's story of an American family who moves into Canterville Chase and annoys a weary ghost with their lack of belief in him is a wry commentary on the ways of British nobility and of their hard-headed American cousins. Like many of Wilde's tales, this one is filled with sophisticated allusions to his social and political milieu, but ends as sentimental romance. Zwerger's wry pictures highlight this tone beautifully. Her toothless ghost is round and comical, as would suit a ghost whom no one fears, and her heroine, Virginia, is young and sweetly boyish. All of the illustrations are set against misty gray watercolor backgrounds except for the climactic scene, echoed on the front cover, in which the tiny huntsmen on the wallpaper call out to Virginia to ``Go Back.'' This will make a fine read-aloud for audiences of secondary students who are prepared to savor Wilde's ironic humor and Zwerger's delicate watercolors. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Janice Del Negro
The second volume in a series of comic book adaptations of Wilde's tales [see BKL Ja 15 93 for previous volume] gives "The Young King" and "The Remarkable Rocket" the Marvel-DC treatment. In elaborate underground "comix" style, Russell reintroduces the tales with an accessible if nontraditional approach to picture-book illustration and better-than-average adaptations of the original texts. Whether you believe circulating comics in the library is appropriate or not, this full-color book won't stay on the shelf for long, and it may well attract readers to a genre they might not usually find appealing.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 3 Up—Three stories penned by Oscar Wilde are included in this book, along with the original illustrations by Charles Robinson. The first tale, "The Happy Prince," is the story of a bejeweled statue and a swallow, who use the statue's ornamentation to improve the lives of people around the city, at their own expense. "The Nightingale and the Rose" tells the tragic tale of a bird who sacrifices her life for true love. "The Selfish Giant" is about a giant who learns the value of opening his garden and his heart to children. The stories show hints of Wilde's signature wit, but their overall tone is very dark, with each tale culminating in a death. The emotional messages in each tale are valuable, like self-sacrifice and empathy, but the plots are not straightforward enough for young readers to easily grasp these lessons. Robinson's turn-of-the-century illustrations beautifully decorate each page, but like the entries, have low kid appeal. These "stories for children" may find more of an audience with adult readers.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780027927658
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 94
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Age Before Beauty 1
The Last Romance 9
Civilised Society 25
An Eloquent Fool 37
The Grand Tour 47
Unadulterated Country Life 59
Relative Values 65
The Prettiest of Playthings 73
Some Useful Professions 83
Unsound Art 91
Second-Rate Sonnets 105
Blankets and Coal 123
Sin and Cynicism 135
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