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2.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless illustrations, 30 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Jack and the Beanstalk: A Book of Nursery Stories (Hardcover)
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The book contains 10 separate stories altogether. Jack and the Beanstalk, the three Bears, Cinderella, the Golden Goose, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Tit Tot, Puss in Boots, Tom Thumb and the three Pigs. Each story takes approximately 20 minutes to read aloud.

Personally I found the illustrations of the book a little dull. They have quite an old fashioned style to them using paler colours throughout. I didn't find they held much interest when I read to a five year old who wants to see all the pictures. As an example, the people in the Sleeping Beauty illustrations are quite creepy looking and somewhat resemble the Bayeux Tapestry. The animal illustrations fare a little better.

There is a large amount of writing to one page considering it is a book for a child and the vocabulary often quite descriptive for a 'nursery book'. This lead me to believe this book was clearly intended for a parent to read to their child as I couldn't imagine a child younger than seven being able to read it alone.

Essentially it's a bit misleading to call it a nursery book as for very young children you crave bright colours and clear images to help stimulate and encourage their early development. It is perhaps the slighter older children that would benefit from this more traditional style as with their imaginations I feel they'd be more inquistive and interested in the unusual style of the illustrations and descriptive storytelling.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2013 09:58:17 BDT
Nice one - but if you change 'fair' to 'fare' it will make an old man very happy

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 23:09:31 BDT
Benson says:
Haha thank you Simon
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