SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES by Diz Wallis

SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES

Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A retelling of ``Chantecler and the Fox,'' not based on Chaucer but on a similar 12th-century French version of the tale about a vain cock who, caught by a trickster fox, escapes by tricking the fox in turn. The text here is well honed, pleasantly informal, and a bit more accessible than Cooney's (Caldecott Medal, 1959), but it's the illustrations that attract attention: lovingly rendered in exquisite, precisely observed detail, they depict dozens of tiny woodland creatures and a bucolic landscape, with just a few mischievous contemporary touches (e.g., a bike, and the buxom farmwife's bedroom slippers). The pictorial style is traditional, but the illustrations are full of life and humor, escaping their borders and providing dozens of entertaining details. A handsome debut for this English illustrator, and for the publisher. (Picture book. 4-10)*justify no*

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 1-878093-10-X
Page count: 26pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1991




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