Books by Katalin Szegedi

TAKE IT TO THE QUEEN by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

Nobisso and Szegedi (The Weight of a Mass, 2002) team up again for another original tale vaguely incorporating concepts from Roman Catholic doctrine, this time in a story about a queen who represents an allegorical Virgin Mary. The lyrical prose describes a king and his paternal relationship with his favorite village. He selects a young, exemplary wife from this town, and prior to her marriage to the king an angel gives her a prophetic dream of a special son. This child grows up to be the Prince of Peace, who restores health and wealth to the king's favored villagers after they suffer a decline springing from complacency. The story can be enjoyed on its own, without any reference to the underlying Christian parallels, although many readers will recognize the concepts of the Annunciation, the Communion table and the Roman Catholic idea of intercession. Szegedi's striking illustrations combine acrylics with collage, all on textured sepia backgrounds that impart an antique air. Extensive notes explaining the religious symbolism, and allegorical interpretations are included on the reverse of the dust-jacket flaps. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF A MASS by Josephine Nobisso
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

A lovely Catholic parable with a message of faith that can be read with pleasure and understanding by those of any religious background—or none. In a faraway land, a king and queen are about to marry in the city's cathedral, even though most of the populace no longer attends mass. A poor old woman begs for bread at the bakery that has prepared the royal wedding cake. In return, since she has no money, she offers to hear the evening's mass for the baker. He rejects her offer, writes the words "one mass" on a tiny piece of tissue paper, and places it on his scale to show her how worthless it is. He discovers that not all the sweetmeats in his shop can balance those words. He and the town find their hearts turned, and all go to attend the nuptial mass in the cathedral, having learned the weight of a mass. The watercolor illustrations depict a city part medieval, part Victorian, and wholly beautiful. In a postscript, the author tells of the scrap of historical story that led her to write this original folktale. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >