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WARNING! Different editions being shown/reviewed here - Review for 'Panorama Pops' Inga Moore illustrated version
on 3 November 2017
NOTE: The reviews given here seem to cover multiple DIFFERENT EDITIONS and the "Look Inside" feature is NOT showing the Inga Moore "Panorama Pops" edition. If you're looking for reviews of that edition please read on ...
When pressing my Sister for birthday present ideas she mentioned this book but said it was unavailable. I checked good old Amazon and found it easily - Many 'wonderful brother' points scored there! Took a look when it arrived and my Sister was absolutely right, the illustrations by Inga Moore combine PERFECTLY with Kenneth Grahame's wonderful text. This is a beautiful edition and very well worth buying!!
The text is a carefully abridged version of the full book, with the following tales missing:
Chapter 7 - "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"
Chapter 9 - "Wayfarers All"
Additionally, the original Chapter 11 "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" and chapter 12 "The Return of Ulysses" have been much abridged and combined into a new chapter called "The Return of Toad" with text amended to combine the essence of the two original chapters if not their detail.
I'd have loved to see how Inga Moore would have treated "The Piper At The Gates of Dawn", and I missed the now excluded coda to the book where Toad finally realises what a braggart he is and turns over a new leaf to appear as a sensible, generous and modest host at the friends' victory party ... But there's so much else to love here that these are just regrets for lost opportunities rather than crippling faults.
The book is quite large (approx 11 1/2" tall by 8 1/2" wide , is hardback, with 180 pages in nice satin finish paper. It is very well produced with tight binding and clear sharp printing, and it is COPIOUSLY illustrated with Inga Moore's beautiful full colour drawings. There must be about 90 illustrations as (allowing for full double-page illustrations) there seems to be about 1 illustration for each page of text.
The illustrations are detailed, very nicely drawn and sympathetically coloured. The front cover image of Ratty & Mole in the rowing boat shown above IS from the Inga Moore edition and all the other illustrations in the book are the same quality and style. To repeat my warning - The "Look Inside" feature does NOT show this book and the crude illustration it shows is utterly unlike Inga Moore's lovely work.
I found the text font size in the book to be a bit larger than I would prefer, but it's certainly not a problem I can't help wondering whether the publisher had to use a slightly larger font to let them synchronise text and illustrations while giving the illustrations the sort of size they deserve??
The 'acid test' of how good this edition is ... Yes - After seeing the copy I bought for my Sister I have now ordered one for myself!!