Customer Review

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, possibly a bit too scary., 14 Oct 2013
This review is from: Jack and the Beanstalk: A Book of Nursery Stories (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Recently, I had the opportunity to read a few modern versions of some popular children's stories; something about them was a little unfamiliar, I thought. In the versions I remembered, there was an unpleasant fate for some of the characters; Grandma was eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, who incidently polished off at least two of the Three Little Pigs, in short, a gruesome death was always a possiblity and frequently did happen to at least one person. Sometime between the 1970s and today, our sensibilities have changed and these stories have been rendered a bit less gory and probably a bit less nightmare inducing.

Which is why I was somewhat surprised by the contents of Jack and the Beanstalk, though I was familiar with all the tales and how dark they could really get. These are collected and told in a near to original form and contain all the deaths and gruesome details that more anodyne modern retellings gloss over. The ogre at the top of the beanstalk has the bones of boys for his supper, grandma isn't saved by the woodcutter - she's eaten by the wolf instead , and the wolf isn't chased off to learn the error of his ways; no, the woodcutter slays him or he is boiled alive to be eaten by the sole remaining little pig.

Despite these being the versions I was told back in the seventies, I think I will follow modern sensibilities and reserve them for when my son is quite a bit older. I will hold onto them though, they are a part of our culture and I'll want my boy to experience them in this form, but not until he is somewhat older. Each parent will have to decide for themselves what is fitting for their own children; if you don't think they did you any harm, then certainly read them to your children because you won't find as well told anywhere else.

In fitting with the older style of storytelling the illustrations, though new, have a 'vintage' feel to them. They are line and wash, with a limited colour palette that echoes the limits of colour printing for much of the twentieth century. In fact, the pages have been printed with a slight yellow cast, which with the old fashioned typography lends the whole book the vintage feel.

Though probably not a bedtime favourite, this is a fascinating and beautiful book and one that will be worth holding on to.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (8)
4 star:
 (10)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£14.99 £10.49
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: N. Wales

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,135