This gorgeous offering is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm story with intricate illustrations taking center stage.
Reminiscent of elaborate embroidery or tapestries, the pictures create and sustain the tale’s magical atmosphere. Particularly arresting are the nighttime scenes, the first of which shows the husband sneaking into the witch’s enchanted garden in search of the plants that will cure his ailing wife; it is rendered in hues of purple and blue, with black silhouettes popping out in stark contrast. The size and layout, as well as the color, of the illustrations vary according to the action and mood of the story. For instance, one remarkable page is divided horizontally into four panels; the stunning series of images in silhouette on pastel backgrounds depicts the action described in prose on the facing page in the manner of a graphic novel. A few pages later, an entire two-page spread is devoted to an illustration of the prince riding through the forest with Rapunzel’s tower in the background. In this instance, natural colors dominate, forming a lush background for the prince and his horse, which are rendered in exquisite detail.
Children and adults alike will be spellbound, poring over the pages again and again, delighting each time in new details and discoveries. (Fairy tale. 6-11)