THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by Victor Hugo

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (40 pp.; $15.95; Sept. 1997; 0-531- 30055-2): A storybook retelling of Hugo's classic of the lonely bellringer and his hopeless love for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmerelda, whom he rescues from hanging and the evil archdeacon Dom Frollo and reunites with her mother. While remaining relatively faithful to the original, this version from Wynne- Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.) is always competent, but never compelling. Slavin creates lovely illustrations, but his pale washes leave even the most festive scenes sedate. The volume lacks power or emotion; adults seeking an alternative--any alternative--to the Disney film may find that this one hardly competes for the hearts and minds of the target audience. (Fiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-30055-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1997




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