Fairy tales of Oscar Wilde

by Russell, P. Craig.

Format: Print Book 1992
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Northland Public Library Children's Fiction CHECKED OUT (v.4)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Status  CHECKED OUT (v.4)
For adults, here are exquisitely spun and remarkably insightful tales. For children, what better way than beautiful comic art to bring them back to reading and the love of books? Two classic stories are presented here, The Selfish Giant and The Star Child.
v. 1. The selfish giant. The star child
v. 2. The young king. The remarkable rocket
v. 3. The birthday of the infanta
v. 4. The devoted friend. The nightingale and the rose.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-8. While Russell's precisely detailed, vibrantly colored cartoon art will certainly make this comic strip retelling of two of Oscar Wilde's short stories, "The Selfish Giant" and "The Star Child," a popular browsing item, there's some question about what age group the book will appeal to most. A juvenile-looking dust jacket makes it look a little too much like a picture book, while the yeasty dialogue and syntax used in "Star Child" will be too difficult for young children who use comics as a jumping off point for reading on their own. These children will find "Selfish Giant," the first story in the book, the more accessible tale, while older, better readers will love the suspenseful, multilayered "Star Child," about a beautiful, prejudiced boy who rejects his mother because she is ugly, only to become ugly himself. An uneven but attractive introduction to Wilde's tales, this is the first in a planned series. ~--Stephanie Zvirin"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This is the first of a five-volume series of Russell's adaptations of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales into a comics format. The two retellings here, The Selfish Giant and The Star Child , adeptly capture Wilde's ability to bring a gentle, unexpected note of pathos to the conventional fairy-tale mix of anthropomorphic fantasy and whimsical moral guidance. In The Selfish Giant , the eponymous creature kicks a bunch of frolicking youngsters out of his garden, only to find that frosty winter moves in to take their place, refusing to leave because of his selfishness. In The Star Child, a beautiful but mean , narcissistic boy becomes physically repulsive when he rebuffs a ragged beggar who turns out to be his long lost mother. Russell matches Wilde's literary skills with his estimable artistic talent. His colors are brilliant and pure; his linework sure and fluid, at once cartoonlike and elegantly representational, reflecting both his art-nouveau and pre-Raphaelite influences and the inherent charm of Wilde's material. Ages 5-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales.
Cartoons and comics.
Publisher New York :Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine,1992
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Short stories.
Language English
Description volumes <1-4 > : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 156163056X (v. 1) :
1561630853 (v. 2)
1561632139 (v. 3)
1561633917 (v. 4)
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