The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
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The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

by William Plomer, Alan Aldridge
     
 

Renowned illustrator Alan Aldridge introduced the fantastical world of the Butterfly Ball in this breathtaking modern classic. It is now available in a lavish new edition, complete with nature notes by Richard Fitter on each creature and an introduction to the life and work of Alan Aldridge.

Overview

Renowned illustrator Alan Aldridge introduced the fantastical world of the Butterfly Ball in this breathtaking modern classic. It is now available in a lavish new edition, complete with nature notes by Richard Fitter on each creature and an introduction to the life and work of Alan Aldridge.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Twenty-eight luminous illustrations of anthropomorphic animals and insects, each accompanied by a descriptive poem, fill the pages of this oversized book with color and whimsy. A gadfly, Harold the Herald, issues the summons for the festive summer celebration. Stylishly dressed in an embroidered tabard, Harold uses a gentian violet for a trumpet. Because the book was originally published in Britain in 1973, the terms and language used may be confusing to most children in the U. S., but readers of all ages will enjoy studying the fanciful creatures in elaborate fantasy scenes. Not all of the creatures are benign, however, and some guests do not survive to attend the festivities. Twenty-five pages of nature notes, written by wildlife expert Richard Fitter, provide factual information about the various beings from the previous pages. A summary of the historic development of the book and a biography of Alan Aldridge appears in the back. This elegant book is more likely to appeal to adults than to children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Originally published in 1973 and sumptuously repackaged, this new edition preserves the old one's verbal and visual extravagance while adding small vignettes to the revised "Nature Notes," plus a closing essay on Aldridge's career. Inspired by an 1807 poem about a grand party of (British) woodland creatures, Aldridge and airbrush artist Harry Willcock created the art first-crafting scenes of accurately rendered mice, insects and other animals dressing up in wildly fanciful historical costume to frolic beneath a broad oak. The pictures are brighter than before and still worth poring over for their riotous arrays of fine detail, visual jokes and general stage business. The rhymed text, a much expanded version of its 19th-century predecessor, is just as elegant and close to Nature as the art: "The most wonderful tune in the world / (All other claims are false) / Is Simon Centipede's masterpiece, / The Lepidoptera Waltz." Though adults are still likely to remain the largest audience, younger fans of Kurt Cyrus's Oddhopper Opera (2001) and like direct descendants will respond. (Picture book/poetry. 8-10, adult)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763644222
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
817,562
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 2.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

William Plomer was a South African novelist, literary editor, and poet.

Alan Aldridge is the British artist whose airbrush illustrations of fantasy scenes defined the graphic style of the sixties. Working with some of the greatest artists of his generation, including the Beatles and Andy Warhol, Aldridge created groundbreaking posters, book illustrations, and album covers. His debut children’s book, THE BUTTERFLY BALL AND THE GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST, won the prestigious Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

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