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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About 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."
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don¿t like scary books (at all!) but I do love Ray Bradbury. It was that love for Bradbury that carried me through reading this very scary book. The plot is thin: a young boy¿s family gather together on All Hallows Eve and the family, all except the boy, are ghouls. The boy is deeply saddened by being different, completely human, in a family where everyone has special, albeit creepy, abilities. The story is rich in sensory details, Bradbury-ish in every way. The appeal of the story for me was greatly increased by the format of the book, a small volume with just the right pictures and script. I could barely make it through this scary story, but even I, a big ole scaredy cat, I could not miss the beautiful writing and the rich characters.
Summary: Timothy, the only normal member of a ghoulish family, tries to fit in at their annual reunion.What¿s interesting and unique about this book is that it¿s essentially a picture book for teens and adults. It¿s too wordy and a little dark for younger children, though, like most Ray Bradbury books, has a style that appeals to the child in adults. The text and illustrations merge together so that the words become part of the picture and vice-versa¿though they were too sharp for my taste, it was easy to overlook that in favor of this merging. There isn¿t really a happy ending, with Timothy, left to deal with his unique mortality, wonders whether he will be alive to see the next family reunion. Adults and older children might enjoy the unusual question, suggested by Uncle Eisner, as to whether it is better to be immortal or to ¿live least, [with] worth more per ounce.¿ Personally, I think it¿s too dark for children and is better suited to it¿s original short story format, but could be useful for teens as its picture book lay-out makes reading less intimidating.
Leave it to Ray Bradbury to take the story of an "abnormal" normal boy whose family consists entirely of creatures of the night and turn it into a mesmerizing yet creepy story of identity and finding one's place in family. Add to that the illustrations by Dave McKean and you have a mixture for a delightfully wicked little book.
*Book source ~ Library A “normal” boy tells of his supernatural family’s reunion, The Homecoming. I normally like Ray Bradbury, but this book was just meh to me. I do like the concept of a normal person in an odd family, like Marilyn was in The Munsters. The illustrations are cool, but not really my style.