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What was wrong with the original book?
on December 11, 2005
I have been wanting to buy copies of this for my school library and myself (to replace a very battered childhood copy) for a long time, but for some reason this one, unlike its companion, SNOW, has been out of print. I was delighted when I learned that it was being reprinted. When I saw this reissue, I was saddened and rather baffled to see that they had changed it. I can't figure out why one of the children's hair color has been changed from blonde (okay, yellow, actually) to brown. What on earth is the point? And I'm unable to understand why they left out a two-page spread, the one in which the dog has a crab clamped on his tail and his eyes are big and surprised. Do they think it's too scary for children? What nonsense; it's never scared any child to whom I've read it.
I am grateful that they reissued it, but I would be a lot more grateful if they'd not messed around with it before doing so. I ordered a used copy of the original, in good condition, for my collection, instead of buying this. If this were the original, I'd give it five stars, but I am removing two stars for senseless changes.