Three Classic Children's Stories: Little Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant-Killer, and Rumpelstiltskin, drawings by Edward Gorey, text by James Donnelly / ISBN 9780764955464 / 112-page hardcover, 6.5 x 8.75 inches, from Pomegranate
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”? Can young Jack fight the Giant who gobbles children by the fistful? And how will Queen Omoline save her baby from the tricky 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.
Artist and author Edward Gorey (American, 1925–2000) is beloved for the boundless imagination and sharp humor exhibited in his more than 100 published works. Gorey was also a set and costume designer for innumerable theater productions, including a staging of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, for which he won a Tony. He had a profound affection for literature, film, ballet, and animals. Cats and other odd creatures appear in many of his crosshatched illustrations. His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery! Gorey’s Cape Cod home, a veritable cabinet of curiosities, is now a museum celebrating his life and work.