GREENCOAT AND THE SWANBOY by Marlowe--Adapt. & Illus. deChristopher

GREENCOAT AND THE SWANBOY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A slight French tale, also retold by Ernest Nister at the turn of the century, about a humble boy who is tricked out of his flock by a mysterious visitor; following them, he's led to the palace, where he's identified as the princess's long-awaited bridegroom by the gold band he's always worn. DeChristopher's lush paintings are eye-catching, even ""glowing"" (as the jacket boasts), but their effect isn't matched with real substance: figures are often clumsily formed and derive from sources as varied as the elongated nobles of El Greco and the robust young of 40's Coca-Cola ads, while the idyllic landscape is depicted in an impressionistic style. Not bad, but trite and rather pretentious.

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 1991
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel/Putnam