Edward Gorey is famous for writing and illustrating a bounty of books, combining his distinctive humor, wonderfully eccentric stories, and astonishingly detailed crosshatch ink drawings. This illustrious storyteller also applied his precise pen work to tales by other authors, to great acclaim.
Gorey’s charming drawings for three classic children’s stories are collected in this compact volume, accompanied with new text by James Donnelly. Little
Read aloud or to oneself,
Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant-Killer,andRumpelstiltskinmay neverenjoyed such robust tellings—in both words and pictures—in their long livesin print. The playful illustrations are sparsely but effectively colored, showcasing Gorey’s finely delineated and thoroughly engaging characters and settings. Donnelly’s text is breezy and fun to read, with passages certain to produce howling delight in both children and adults.Three Classic Children’s Storiesoffers a surprising and satisfying fresh take on three enduring tales. It stands to become a classic in its own right.