THE ACROBAT AND THE ANGEL by Mark Shannon

THE ACROBAT AND THE ANGEL

Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this retelling of a medieval French tale, a starving young acrobat, PÇquelÇ, is allowed to join a Franciscan community only if he promises to give up performing. When he breaks his promise, in order to comfort a plague-stricken infant, a sculpted angel comes to life and bears him away. Although the illustrator frames most of his darkly elaborate illustrations within stone archways decorated with floral designs or grotesques, PÇquelÇ often flies beyond the visual borders, flinging out arms and legs in abandon. His joy is contagious; readers moved by the story’s Italian cousin, retold in Tomie dePaola’s Clown of God (1978), will also respond to this more formal, polished rendition. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-399-22918-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999