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With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike.
- ISBN-13: 9780545946124
- ISBN-10: 0545946123
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 192
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Tan (Rules of Summer) fashions 75 haunting sculptures, each meant to capture the spirit of one of Grimms’ fairy tales. A short excerpt from the tale that inspired the artwork appears on the left of each spread, accompanied by a photograph of its sculpture on the right. Tan acknowledges Inuit and pre-Colombian influences in an afterword, but each figure carries its own creaturely spark. For Rumpelstiltskin (“The door suddenly opened, and a little man entered”), Tan creates a scarlet imp with dancing limbs and a toothy grin. For the Brementown musicians, the heads of the four animals are stacked as on a totem pole, mouths agape as they sing and shriek. In a foreword, Neil Gaiman writes, “I want to hold these sculptures, to pick them up. I want to squeeze them in my hands,” capturing the book’s mix of charm and frustration. Although readers can only see Tan’s remarkable artistry in two dimensions, the figures exert an almost primal force. Rather than simply represent what happens in these stories, these pieces embody their power. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)