It’s hard to believe this version of Rumpelstiltskin is by the same illustrator as The Wheels on the Bus. Here, Paul Zelinsky renders the classic tale with intricate illustrations that often mimic the style of medieval art. Publisher’s Weekly: “The spare story flows beautifully, and the illustrations are extraordinary. Incredibly detailed full-color paintings show the influence of European portrait and landscape painters. . . The little man Rumplestiltskin is by turns mysterious, comforting, devious, furious, and pathetic. And Zelinsky shows dramatically the love that the miller’s daughter has for her child, and the terror she feels when she realizes she may have to give him up.” The ending, by the way, has been modified for toddlers: rather than tearing himself in half, Rumpelstiltskin rides off on a spoon. Giggle factor: not applicable; bit of a spine-tingler instead. James’ eyes get wide as saucers when we read this book. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars. (There’s a reason this book won the Caldecott.)


~ by kaychubbuck on August 9, 2010.

3 Responses to “Rumpelstiltskin”

  1. […] Another Caldecott winner by Paul Zelinsky, creator of Rumpelstiltskin and The Wheels on the Bus, Rapunzel provides a vibrant retelling of the classic tale with illustrations that look like they were painted by Fra Angelico […]

  2. […] Paul Zelinsky‘s Hansel and Gretel uses the same formula as his Caldecott-winning Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin: classic fairy tale + luminous paintings = one beautiful book. […]

  3. […] While nowhere near as beautiful as Paul Zelinsky‘s Rumplestiltskin, Diane Stanley‘s comic variation is certainly worth a lot of laughs. […]

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