Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016 1:22 am by M. in , ,    No comments
This is a new book for children with Brontë content:

Shrunken Treasures
Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly
Author/Illustrator: Scott Nash
Candlewick Press
ISBN:  9780763669720

Can’t stomach all of Frankenstein? Lacking the strength to read The Odyssey? Don’t have 1,001 nights to get through Scheherazade’s ordeal? Never fear, Shrunken Treasures are here! Nine of the world’s best-known stories and books have been reduced, like slowly simmered cherries, to tart and tasty mouthfuls. Lighthearted verse turns Moby-Dick into a simple nursery song. Outrageous color makes even gloomy Hamlet seem like fun. Riotous images transform Jane Eyre’s ordeal into a whirlwind adventure. The Metamorphosis, Remembrance of Things Past, Don Quixote, and others have all been delivered from dense duty to delightful ditty in Scott Nash’s collection of hallowed classics, featuring notes about the original texts at the end.
Nine weighty literary classics are transformed into delectable morsels with Scott Nash’s playful versification and whimsical illustration.
The Jane Eyre illustration (via Scott Nash's MECA portfolio):

Apparently Jane Eyre goes with the tune of Three Blind  Mice.

EDIT: St Louis Post-Dispatch reviews the book:
And if catching up on the classics is on your summer to-do list, Scott Nash sums up great works including “The Odyssey,” “Jane Eyre” and “Hamlet,” in“Shrunken Treasures” (Candlewick Press, 40 pages, $15.99; ages 5-8). (...) Adults likely will appreciate Nash’s ability to condense the famous tales more than kids, but any reader will love the silly, colorful illustrations. (Jody Mitori)


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