Ten beloved fairy tales are brought to life by world-renowned artists.
Publishers WeeklyThe Illustrated Treasury of Fairy Tales pairs 10 classics with illustrations by award-winning artists. A chorus of fashionable flappers, rendered by Roberto Innocenti, brings to life Charles Perrault's "Cinderella"; a group of contemporary boys with differing skin tones star as the sibling suitors for the hand of a princess in Grimm's "The Queen Bee"; "Bushy Bride," a Norwegian fairy tale about a beautiful girl and her wicked stepsister, comes alive with humorous and startling pastel images on brown textured backgrounds by Seymour Chwast; and John Collier's corpse-like rendering of the old fairy who gives "The Sleeping Beauty" her curse may well give youngsters nightmares. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThis beautifully designed anthology features a retelling of ten fairy tales, and partners each with famous illustrators from Switzerland, France, Italy and the United States. Stories such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Hansel & Gretel" and "Cinderella" and less well-known stories such as "The Three Languages," "Bushy Bridge," and "The Queen Bee" are included. The layout features framed text in various sizes often accompanied by small, illustrated objects or scenes from the story. Full-page illustrations by the artist assigned to each story dominate the layout. The styles of illustration could not be more disparate ranging from the traditional of John Howe, to the cartoon-like of Jacques Tardi, to the humorous of Seymour Chast, to the pop art of Ivan Chermayeff, to the dark and foreboding of John Collier. Each artist adds to the spirit of each story rendering a fresh approach to these age-old tales. These are stories for elementaryaged children or older as they often contain elements or illustrations that could be frightening to younger children. Graphically, it is an amazing collection of make-believe and all that visual portrayal of imagination can conjure. 2003, Creative Editions, Ages 8 up.
Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library JournalGr 1-5-These 10 traditional tales illustrated by 11 renowned artists have all been published previously as single-tale editions and are now out of print. Comprehensive endnotes discuss the tales, the retellers, and the illustrators. Etienne Delessert's surreal, enigmatic artwork accompanies a version of "Beauty and the Beast" that weighs in at some 50 pages. An eerie version of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree" is illustrated with Marshall Imsand and Rita Marshall's black-and-white photos with a beautiful child standing in, unsettlingly, for the fir tree. Roberto Innocenti's crisp paintings for "Cinderella," set in the 1920s, are among the best of the lot, but the original English text has been Americanized for this edition. Monique Felix's depiction of "Hansel and Gretel" makes these children into wide-eyed, passive victims who could hardly engineer their escape from a truly horrific hag. Ivan Chermayeff's collagelike paintings are ill suited for the Grimm tale of "The Three Languages." Other selections include the Hungarian tale of "The Enchanted Pig," illustrated by Jacques Tardi; "The Sleeping Beauty," accompanied by John Collier's dark and murky pictures; Seymour Chwast's cheerful and childlike depiction of the Grimms' "Bushy Bride"; "The Fisherman and His Wife," illustrated with the highly narrative paintings of John Howe; and Philippe Dumas's cartoonish take on the Grimms' "The Queen Bee." As an additional purchase, this sampling of illustrators and their various techniques, styles, and use of media serves well enough, and several tales are not readily available elsewhere. But the unevenness of the tellings and the art make collections by Judy Sierra, Jane Yolen, or Mary Pope Osborne more reliable choices.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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