John Ruskin's 19th-century fairy tale, in which a strange dwarf effects the punishment of two cruel older brothers and the...

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THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER

John Ruskin's 19th-century fairy tale, in which a strange dwarf effects the punishment of two cruel older brothers and the ultimate success of the kind young one, is done up in an oversized (10"" by 11"") package with full-page colored pictures, decorative frames, and art nouveau trim. But neither Ruskin's sentence structure nor the sheer number of words on each page suits this to the picturebook age, and Turska's clichÉd interpretations--with the burnished folksiness of little Gluck at home, the elemental terrors of the two brothers' ordeals, the heavenly joy of virtue rewarded--overreact to every cue.

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 1978

ISBN: 1434100871

Page Count: -

Publisher: Greenwillow

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1978