CHILDREN'S BOOKS / Bookshop Window
Saturday 10 April 1993
The colours in this picture book jump off the page: a cobalt midnight sky or a daylit hill vivid with mustard-yellow crops. And the story is similarly simple and attractive; a brave hare leads a cat, hens, goat and other archetypal farmyard animals in a raid on a field guarded by a monster that turns out to be a scarecrow. The final page, lit by a round white moon, is a soft picture of rural bliss, but the pig swilling out the farmyard trough is, well, hare-raising.
The Dragon's Pearl by Julie Lawson and Paul Morrin, OUP, pounds 7.95
The story of a little Chinese boy who swallows a magic pearl by mistake, this tale has that touch of wishiness that invented fables often seem unable to avoid, but the images - by the award-winning Paul Morrin - are superb. Thick textures, rich colours and sweeping light effects create a dense and convincing world a million miles from the usual splash-and-dry watercolours. Dragons sail off the page, and the long grass looks chunky enough to pick. Yes, oil paint is tasty, if very thickly spread.
The Gondolier's Cat by William Corlett and Krystyna Turska, Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 8.99
An archetypal story of the love that blossoms between a bit of rough - a rangy black cat - and an uptown girl - a pampered Persian puss. Set in Venice (this looks like a version of Othello, for pets), it has nice pastel watercolour-like pictures, and a little by-play with pirates and gondoliers.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
Led Zeppelin to release alternative Stairway To Heaven after 43 years
New film Old Fashioned is 50 Shades of Grey for Christians, claims its creator
Freddie Prinze Jr on 24: 'Kiefer Sutherland was the most unprofessional dude in the world – I hated every moment of it'
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer unveiled at Comic-Con
R Kelly 'dropped' from Ohio music festival following backlash
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >