THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN by Washington Irving

THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Greatly shortened and simplified, this is a well-told version, but the illustrations wrench it from its Hudson River valley origins and deposit it in a stylized nightmare world. Featureless interiors and steep, bare hills punctuated by a few columnar trees serve for backgrounds. Brom is dressed in boots, spurs, and Stetson; Ichabod is not a comically hapless caricature but a true grotesque; and Katrina is depicted as a gluttonous, spiritless jade. An Ichabod-like scarecrow appears on the title page and again at the end--a nice touch. Irving's yarn is only nominally a supernatural tale; by mistaking it for a ghost story, Harding forfeits all its sly humor and hazy, Indian-summer charm. (Picture book. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8050-3584-2
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1995




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