Tuesday, June 23, 2015

482 (2015 #39). Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs

by Davide Cali,
illustrated by Raphaëlle Barbanègre

This is a "fractured folktale" retelling of the Snow White story, but in this case, Snow has moved in with 77 dwarfs, not just seven.  This leads to a number of problems, from learning their (hilarious!) names...

...to trying to keep up with the chores, from beard maintenance to breakfast coffee.  French-Canadian artist Raphaëlle Barbanègre's colorful, whimsical illustrations add a lot to the story - especially Snow's facial expressions! (Click on the illustrations for enlarged views.)

Swiss-born Italian Davide Cali has written a slightly feminist take on the traditional tale with a twist at the end that might be over the heads of (or possibly upsetting to) the 3- to 7-year-olds this book is supposedly designed for.  However, I could definitely see using this book in a second grade classroom in my state, where students are supposed to "compare different versions of the same story in traditional and contemporary folktales with respect to their characters, settings, and plot."

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[I received this hardbound edition from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be added to the curriculum collection at my university library.]

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