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East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North (Calla Editions) [Hardcover]

Kay Nielsen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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26 Dec 2008 Calla Editions
These Scandinavian fairy tales have had many interpretations through the years, but never have they been so beautifully illustrated as in this sumptuous edition. Golden Age artist Kay Nielsen, a master of fantasy, lavished the text with 25 intricately detailed color and numerous black-and-white images that glow with his phantasmagorical style. With 15 stories that include the popular "Billy Goat's Gruff," this is one of the most stunning children's books ever produced.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Children's (26 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606600036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606600030
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 18.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good 7 Jun 2010
By M. Lawton VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The previous reviewers have almost said it all. This book is absolutely sumptuous and you will undoubtedly want to treasure it forever. It's so good that it seems churlish to criticise but actually I'd have been happier if it had been printed on thinner paper - this stuff is as thick as a Cornflakes packet and consequently the pages don't lie flat.

The illustrations are first rate and there's a good selection of stories - a couple of which are quite inspired but the text written in 1920, in a deliberately antique style, is a little leaden. Girls are often referred to as 'lassies' which tends to make me think of a certain dog.

On balance I reckon this a book for grown ups more than kids. However all this is nit picking and I can't bring myself to give a book this beautiful only four stars.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 20 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an incredible book. It contains 16 very Norse feeling fairy tales of varying length, but no very well known ones (apart from a rather fabulous version of Billy Goats Gruff), which is exellent because, for me, they were pretty much all new and exiting.
The book was much bigger than I expected, measuring 18cm by 25cm, and is printed with quite large, widely spaced text on thick creamy paper.
The illustrations are utterly and compleatly stunning, with 25 colour plates and many black and white illustrations by the brilliant Kay Nielsen.
I would recommend anyone to buy it, especially for a child. I would probably have fainted with joy if I had been given this book when I was younger, and certainly now, at 17, I will treasure it for a long, long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 25 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
Don't get me wrong - this is a lovely book of several unusual Norse fairy tales and is well-produced compared to many cheaply printed editions flogged in discount bookstores these days. However, despite the good size and paper quality, the quality of the print is decidedly lacking and does not do justice to Kay Nielsen's stunning illustrations. If you compare this edition with that of the Folio Society who reproduce all the colour plates and black and white illustrations far more finely (and in a far more beautiful binding with protective slipcase), you'll see a huge difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but... 16 Jun 2011
By tark
Format:Hardcover
Overall, the build quality is high.
Though the mediocre quality of the colored illustrations (only) is surprising; the print here is too dark and doesn't give justice to Nielsen's thin details.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
I am absolutely enchanted by this ravishing book. The illustrations alone are worth the cost. If you add on the clear, well-spaced printing and the simplicity of the story-telling, you have a book to treasure all your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
when i looked at the "look inside" feature it was a totally different book than the one i received, this was not the book of lush images that was advertised. it went back immediately. Bleah! ugly and useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a gem of a book for all romantics and lovers of fairy tales to transport to a fabulous and dark world of Nordic myth
Illustrations by Kay Nielson are just too beautiful and the quality of the book is suberb..... its too good to be true
Highly recommended
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