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THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Michele Lemieux

THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

By Michele Lemieux

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-09848-7
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 This Canadian artist's simple retelling is accessible if not especially distinguished. But her vigorous oil paintings--with a pleasing palette of rosy brick, periwinkle blue, and more delicate greens--bring new life to the familiar tale. The villagers' horror of the waves of rats is caricatured with a sly, nicely understated humor; the piper is nicely raffish and mysterious; and the limning of both settings and figures has an appropriately medieval flavor. An attractive additional version; the elegant type style, perfectly in harmony with the angularity of the illustrations, is particularly felicitous. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9