The Elves and the Shoemaker

John Cech and Kirill Chelushkin’s The Elves and the Shoemaker is admittedly a bit eerie in its illustrations, evoking dark Batman classics like Arkham Asylum in its graphic approach, but not so eerie as to be inappropriate, even for small children. James, for instance, really likes it. Booklist: “The telling is smooth and traditional, [but] the illustrations by Russian artist Chelushkin are dark, dense, and a bit puzzling, with fantastic figures sometimes buzzing across the scenes and half-seen figures hiding in shadows. Color is used with restraint in the relatively drab scenes. Near the end of the book, two monochromatic ink drawings in a different, more traditional style appear within the broader, more painterly compositions . . . This artistically accomplished, imaginative version is recommended for larger collections.” Giggle factor: not applicable; rather spooky instead. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: deserves more than five jelly jars for imagination alone.

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~ by kaychubbuck on April 26, 2011.

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