DOM DELUISE'S THE NIGHTINGALE by Dom DeLuise

DOM DELUISE'S THE NIGHTINGALE

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

DeLuise’s ode to freedom, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, has on its side good intentions and little else. A poor but benevolent king discovers a lost, well-endowed gold mine in his kingdom. He becomes rich, an entrepreneur, a resort-builder. All his assets don’t make the king “happy inside,” where it counts; only the burbling of a nightingale’s sweet song delivers that. When the king cages the bird, it will no longer sing. Court craftsmen construct a mechanical bird with a lovely song and the king forgets the real article, which escapes, until the fake breaks. The king becomes ill until the real nightingale returns and restores him to health; the monarch grasps that the best things in life are free. DeLuise plays fast and loose with Andersen’s parable—the king builds a Las Vegas’style resort complex with his newfound wealth—and he overstates the elusive ideal of inner peace to degree. Following the story and amiable art, recipes and a song score close the book. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-81749-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1998




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