Jane Ray won the Smarties Book Prize for her illustrations for The Story of Creation and has been nominated four times for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London.
Organic illustrations with an element of folk art complement the 3D format of this interpretation of the fairy tale. Text appears on foldout tabs designed to look like theater curtains, and each spread expands to show three levels of perspective, like intricately layered stage sets (through a group of trees in the immediate foreground, Snow White is seen wandering toward the dwarves' home, while rolling hills and the departing woodsman can be seen in the distance). A gracefully designed vision that will draw readers in. Ages 3-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Gr 3-5-Unusual paper engineering makes this a particularly memorable version of the familiar tale. Each of the five spreads opens at a broad angle, revealing a three-layer "stage" bordered by sumptuous curtains. Birds, squirrels, and other wildlife join viewers in looking through a die-cut screen of trees (or in interior scenes an archway) at gracefully posed, richly clad figures. The jewel-like colors, as well as Ray's almond-eyed Snow White and dusky-skinned Prince, give the tale an otherworldly air missing from other 3-D versions. Side flaps conceal a briefly told rendition of the story, but children will hardly need to refer to it to follow the action. Fine for display, and for shared reading with a small audience.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
a great opportunity to rediscover a classic in an interesting new
way... every page cries out to be investigated...a delightful and
timeless tale which ticks all the right boxes...gorgeous *
Ray's bejewelled style is ideal for this kind of story. * The Times Review *
Beautifully intricate * The Daily Telegraph Review *
Jane Ray's dainty traditional illustrations breathe new life into this traditional fairy tale * The Glasgow Herald *