CM . . . .
Volume V Number 14 . . . . March 12, 1999
Not a new Munsch title but a compilation of five Munsch
authored/Martchenko illustrated books originally published between 1980
and 1987: The Paper Bag Princess; The Fire Station; I
Have To Go!; David's Father; and Thomas' Snowsuit. While
a different font and modified paragraphing have been used, the stories'
texts remain unchanged. The most obvious difference is found in the book's
dimensions. Instead of the familiar 8"x8" format, the pages have been
enlarged to 10"x10", a situation which will make the illustrations easier
to see during small group story times. Comparisons with the original books
reveal that the reprinted illustrations are frequently lighter, sometimes
brighter, sometimes less rich than those found in the separate books, a
circumstance which begs the question: which reproductions are closer to
Martchenko's actual watercolours? As the subtitle suggests, further
collections will likely follow. Parsimonious purchasers should note that
the volume's price is less than the sum required to purchase the five
books separately in hardcover. A good home or school purchase!
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature in the
Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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