“Snow White” by The Brothers Grimm:
Here I thought I was familiar with The Brothers Grimm version! The lace part I thought was ribbons, I didn’t recall the comb, and the ending for the Queen? I did not remember that being the ending at all!
The illustrations are spooky and eerie in such a lusciously Gothic way.
I adored the book art both inside and out on all of these. Take off the outer cover jacket if you have a physical copy of it and you’ll see what I mean in person. For those that don’t own this, here is what it looks like; much prettier and more vivid in person:
The story pages were bright and colorful.
An extremely quick read, this one was a refreshing take visually at least.
I liked that the ending was the casket fell and the apple piece got dislodged over the prince/true loves kiss ending.
I wish the “Magic Mirror” phrase would have been used instead of the “Mirror, Mirror”, but *shrug* what can ya do?
It still left a lot to be desired and I couldn’t bring myself to say it was above average. It wasn’t.
“Cinderella” by: Charles Perrault:
I adored the book art both inside and out on all of these. This one was in the middle as far as artwork on the outer part of the book. Take off the outer cover jacket if you have a physical copy of it and you’ll see what I mean in person. For those that don’t own this, here is what it looks like:
Mostly, the story is the same, I liked that it wasn’t just the one night of the ball like a lot of the modern stories tend to be.
I see why they took out some of the more, er, brutal elements-the sister chopping her toe to try to fit the slipper for instance-but the step mother, even though referenced, wasn’t really a character in this. I was surprised by that.
The art continues to be fantastic. While reading, I was reminded me a bit in this one of Big Eyes and of Tim Burton animated films. All of the art by Ms. Garcia in these books do actually. I like it a lot. It is slightly grotesque and odd which makes it in a very bizarre way stunning.
I liked this one better than the Snow White one.
“Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” by: Lewis Carroll
I adored the book art both inside and out on all of these. This one had the most minimal art work on the outer cover, however, it was the only one of the three that had any art on the beginning and ending pages:
Take off the outer cover jacket if you have a physical copy of it and you’ll see what I mean in person. For those that don’t own this, the only art on the outside of this one is the name on the spine of course and also this:
I liked that this one was the full version. It was the longest of the three. The poems were more in line with the original and even the words made shapes too. Bravo on this one!
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories. My husband and I had an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. (I also had an Alice themed Tea Party Bridal Shower) I was especially excited to get to read this one.