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Three Classic Children's Stories: Little Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant-Killer, and Rumpelstiltskin Hardcover – September 15, 2010
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The stories—all well-known classics—are significantly updated. They are tongue-in-cheek [with] lots of easter-egg gems for the grownups and accessible giggles for kids. --LibraryThing Early Reviewer
Three Classic Children's Stories was enjoyed by everyone in my house, from the toddler to the preteen to the adults...Donnelly retells these stories with just enough of a twist to keep them fresh, adding his own humor, while keeping the familiar characters and plots alive. The drawings by Edward Gorey seem perfect for fairy tales. --LibraryThing Early Reviewer
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Three timeless favoritesLittle Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant-Killer, and Rumpelstiltskincome together in this enchanting collection of read-aloud fun. Illustrated in charming detail by Edward Gorey and retold with engaging wit by James Donnelly, these unique renditions offer a fresh take on age-old tales.
What happens when Little Red Riding Hood ignores her mother's advice to "Keep yourself to yourself"? How will young Jack fight the Giant who gobbles children by the fistful? And how will Queen Omoline save her baby from the devious Rumpelstiltskin? Gorey's expressive drawings and Donnelly's breezy text prove that good stories never grow old: rather, the tales in Three Classic Children's Stories are better than ever.
About the Artist
EDWARD GOREY (19252000) is famous for the bounty of books he wrote and illustrated, featuring his distinctive humor and astonishingly detailed crosshatch ink drawings. Creator of more than one hundred works, Gorey also was a playwright, an award-winning set and costume designer, and the creator of the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!
About the Author
JAMES DONNELLY is a freelance writer. His past work for Pomegranate includes publishing projects with the British Museum, Oxford University Press USA, the National Gallery, and many other institutions. In other lives he has traveled widely with various carnivals; built ugly, dangerous motorcycles; and been immured within a Union 76 sign high above an expressway.
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James Donnelly merrily undertakes the retelling of these old stories, and now all three read more like modern narratives. One way Donnelly brings these old tales home is to plant small, unexpected nods to Gorey's influence here and there. Jumping between the old Gorey versions and new was also amusing, for they're all completely different creatures now, and have different affects. 'Three Classic Children's Stories' is a real treat, and worth a place in the kids' library, classroom and Gorey collection. It's also a great way to bring some of Gorey's lesser-known classics to the fore.
-- G. Emil, [...].
The late illustrator Edward Gorey's drawings are wonderful and Donnelly sometimes refers directly to their content, or to Gorey himself, but the writing and illustrations stay in balance one with the other. I had expected that the illustrations would be the primary appeal - Gorey gets top billing on the cover - but Donnelly holds his (and her, since Cecily Donnelly is credited on Red Riding Hood) own.
This is a great book to be read to children, and also for slightly older children who will appreciate the humor Donnelly brings to these familiar tales.