16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Minus the glories of the original.,
This review is from: Just So Stories (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful book, and the illustrations are fantastic; but as a lover of the original (I still have the copy my Dad received from his Uncle in 1943), I can't help but think 'What a shame'. It has been adapted for a more modern audience - but in my belief, they have taken away some of the glories of the original to the detriment of the book.
What a shame that it only contains 8 of the wonderful 12 stories. I know that the four they have extracted are the harder ones to read and understand - but they are part of the beauty of the book.
Also a shame that they have replaced Rudyard Kiplings fantastically detailed and beautifully described illustrations with the works of contemporary artists, however attractive those new illustrations may be. I loved reading Kiplings instructions telling me how to colour his black, line illustrations - although I only ever coloured them with my imagination!