“A real treat, and worth a place in the kids’ library, classroom and Gorey collection. It’s new, elegant and refreshing—a great way to bring some of Gorey’s lesser-known collaborations to the fore.”—Goreyography.com
“The stories—all well-known classics—are significantly updated. They are tongue-in-cheek [with] lots of easter-egg gems for the grownups and accessible giggles for kids.”—LibraryThing
“This book has a certain air of charm and sophistication, which as Little Red Riding Hood said best, “shows real maturity!” A fun bedtime read for all ages.”—LibraryThing
Three timeless favorites—Little Red Riding Hood
, Jack the Giant-Killer
, and Rumpelstiltskin
—come together in this enchanting collection of read-aloud fun. Illustrated in charming detail by Edward Gorey and retold with engaging wit by James Donnelly, these unique renditions offer a fresh take on age-old tales.
What happens when Little Red Riding Hood ignores her mother’s advice to “Keep yourself to yourself”? How will young Jack fight the Giant who gobbles children by the fistful? And how will Queen Omoline save her baby from the devious Rumpelstiltskin? Gorey’s expressive drawings and Donnelly’s breezy text prove that good stories never grow old: rather, the tales in Three Classic Children’s Stories
are better than ever.About the ARTIST
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula
earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery
!About the AUTHOR
James Donnelly is a freelance writer. His past work for Pomegranate includes publishing projects with the British Museum, Oxford University Press USA, the National Gallery of Art, and many other institutions. In other lives he has traveled widely with various carnivals; built ugly, dangerous motorcycles; and been immured within a Union 76 sign high above an expressway.