Pulsating with the rhythm and vibrancy of the Jazz Age, this dazzling picture book is set in New York City in the 1920s. The story may be familiar, but the cast of characters will surprise you. Snow White is a beautiful jazz baby, protected by seven hot jazzmen. Instead of a wicked stepmother, her arch-enemy is the Queen of the Underworld. And her Prince Charming is a crack reporter from the New York Mirror. The breezy and clever text complements the style and color of the art deco illustrations, making this a picture book of astonishing originality. This winner of The Kate Greenaway Medal is at last available in paperback.
About the Author
Fiona French attended art college in Croydon, concentrating on painting but she also studied photography, theatre design and sculpture. In addition to Snow White in New York, her other books include Cinderella and Maid of the Wood. She lives in Norton, Norfolk, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was assigned this book as part of a look at how different illustrations can affect the same story. This is NOT your grandmother's Snow White! But it sure is fun. There are elements of the original Grimm story that are absent, like the multiple visits by the stepmother and the 7 dwarves are now jazz players but the illustrations are so rich and informative that it's easy to not miss anything. The difference in the portrayals of Snow White and her stepmother are so vast that you almost don't need the text at all to tell the story. The illustrations are so explanatory, and go so far beyond the storytelling that they offer much more to the story.