DONKEY HEAD by Lisl Weil


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Lisl Weil sketches on-stage accompaniment for the Young People's Concerts, and her drawings during the performance of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream led to this straight picture-book adaptation of the story of King Oberon's little trick on Titania and her temporary infatuation with donkey-headed Bottom. But Weil's drawing style is not the sort to conjure up a dreamworld of sprites and fairies with ""silvery gossamer wings,"" although it's okay for the foolishness that transpires there--and Puck, though one-dimensional, is unmistakable mischievous and swift. Thus extracted from the play, the episode itself retains a light fantastic quality and the appeal of a good joke on unsuspecting victims, but it could leave children more puzzled about Oberon's capricious behavior (not to mention the meaning of ""gossamer"") than delightedly bemused, as the closing words direct, about the nature of dreams and reality.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1977
Publisher: Atheneum