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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

By Washington Irving (Author) , Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: Aug. 7th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0625-4
Publisher: Atheneum

Abridged but not rewritten, the classic tale is decorated with a plethora of very small, comically gothic cartoons that add an air of spooky grotesquerie. An overall color scheme of pale browns and oranges adds a properly autumnal air to Sleepy Hollow’s knobby woodlands, and the supporting cast includes nearly as many ghosts, toothy imps and the like as it does human figures. Grimly’s not much for verisimilitude—party guests at the Van Tassels include African-Americans, and there’s a glimpse of a generic Native American earlier on—but burly “rantipole hero” Brom Bones looks rightly massive next to the exaggeratedly gawky figure of Ichabod Crane. The Headless Horseman not only sports a particularly eerie-looking twig between its shoulders but rides a red-eyed, demonic steed, and in three views on the final page the decayed schoolhouse has a decidedly haunted air. Still, this is not a particularly scary rendition, and because its text is chopped into scattered, easily digestible passages tucked between or inside the panels, it may have more appeal to less-able readers than full versions. (Fantasy. 10-12)