THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL by Hans Christian Andersen

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

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Age Range: 6 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The familiar tale is paired with startling modernist illustrations that strip the sentimentality so often associated with it in favor of a more purely intellectual response. The text, in the form of Bell’s graceful translation, appears on the left-hand page, with Pacovská’s stark collages filling up the page opposite—and frequently interposing one or more wordless double-page spreads in between pages of text. The result is not a conventional picture book, or even an illustrated story, but more of a narrative that dances back and forth between text and image, rarely allowing the reader to experience both at the same time. Many images rely on the visual similarity between a book of matches and a packet of crayons, their many-colored heads translating to spots or scribbles on the page. Foil is used sparingly and effectively, forming windows and cutlery as the Match Girl imagines herself inside and warm, and the night sky as a shooting star-cum-paintbrush streaks across the page. Young readers will find themselves challenged by these highly unconventional images, which will in turn help them to challenge their understanding of a highly conventional tale. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-698-40027-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Minedition/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005




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