A gifted German illustrator (The Pigs' Wedding) assembles fey vignettes, fantastic notions, and some fleeting jokes to make...

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SEVEN WILD PIGS: Eleven Picture Book Fantasies

A gifted German illustrator (The Pigs' Wedding) assembles fey vignettes, fantastic notions, and some fleeting jokes to make a very long picture book. Heine's deft watercolors are full of unexpected humor and beautifully painted images; unfortunately, appealing as they are, they can't carry this miscellany alone. The awkwardly rhymed text (satisfactory translation of whimsical doggerel is almost impossible) is a major problem; the offbeat, slight ""fantasies"" range from silly to gruesome. In the title story, an artist adds a hunter to his painted landscape; the hunter shoots the obstreperous pigs and feeds one to the artist, who has entered the picture; later, he emerges to find his canvas full of holes.

Pub Date: March 1, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1988