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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice hardcover edition, but text doesn't flow as well as in A. E. Johnson's translation, 20 Dec 2012
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It's a nice edition of Perrault's tales in hardcover with illustrations by Gustave Dore', but I found that the text feels a little clumsy compared to this translation by A.E. Johnson:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0486223116/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

This Oxford World's Classics edition has the advantage of being the only one I found with an introduction about the work and the author, and it's pretty thorough. The illustrations unfortunately are cropped versions of the originals, which is a shame. There are also less illustrations than you find in the other edition I mention above.

It contains the eight prose tales, plus the three verse tales that are not included in some other editions. As far as I know, this is the only English edition with Perrault's verse tales actually in verse, so it's worth getting. It might claim to be the most accurate translation, but the text is not as pleasurable a read as A.E. Johnson's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted, 15 Mar 2010
This is the real deal - proper fairytales, with really bad baddies! Morality tales from a bygone age, full of bad things happening to the unwary, red in tooth and claw, no holds barred and definiely not bedtime reading for the kids! These stories are often in the original 'verse' style, but flow beautifully. The language might be Olde Worlde but the edge is still razor sharp! The metaphors are plain to see; the messages are there to be learned - Don't talk to strangers, do what you're told, don't stray from the path or the wolf WILL eat you! Great stuff, and all underscored by the superb illustrations - warts and all - by Gustav Dorre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never too old for a fairy tale, 10 April 2012
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This review is from: The Complete Fairy Tales (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I am studying for an English Degree and whilst reading Jane Eyre and some critical material on Bronte's masterpiece I came across a reference to Little Red Riding Hood... strange but true!

I bought this to see how Charles Perrault (the man widely credited with bringing us the version we know today of Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales) differed the scene in Jane Eyre and the Brothers Grimm version too. Perrault's version is shorter than the Grimms' and there is no woodsman to provide the happy ending as it part of a collection with morals... maybe not one to read to younger children then!

Perrault was born in 1628 and died in 1703, so his versions of fairy tales/folk tales pre-date Brothers Grimm and are worth a read. Not sure I would read them to very young children today as some are quite dark... but saying that, these tales are too good for kids, read them yourself and use the kids as an excuse for owning and reading fairy tales!

What was a nice surprise in this collection of fairy tales is that they have illustrations! Traditional style drawings look so much better than those modern, bright and gaudy images, which I always found boring even as a kid! Not all the tales are illustrated, but quite a few are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 28 Nov 2014
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An easy to read translation of the complete (verse and prose) tales with an excellent introduction and notes with the added attraction of selected illustrations by Dore. Some tales probably not suitable for very young children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was pretty happy., 14 Aug 2014
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Efficient service. I was pretty happy.
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