A grotesque dwarf falls in love with the beautiful Infanta.
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Gr. 5^-8. Russell, a well-known name in the comics-graphic novel universe, has made several other graphic novels out of well-known stories. Here, he transmutes Wilde's darkly sardonic tale, using much of Wilde's abundantly rich language. The Infanta, on her twelfth birthday, is a spoiled princess who resembles the famous Velazquez painting "Las Meninas." Her father, the king, still broods over her mother's death, but for the birthday celebration, dancing bears and Gypsies and jousts are brought out for her entertainment. So also is a little dwarf (who looks like the cartoon version of Quasimodo as a boy), whose dancing amuses the princess and the crowd, for he is misshapen and ugly. The princess gives him the white rose from her hair, and he searches the palace when she departs, looking for her. But the sight of himself in a mirror breaks his heart, and he dies. "For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts," proclaims the princess when she learns that he died of a broken heart. The art, in classic comics-graphic novel style, has the text in word balloons and the full-color pictures in frames, with expressive line and acid color, full of visual references. Older children will appreciate the edgy story and the mouth-filling language as well as the format. GraceAnne A. DeCandidoReview:
"I cannot praise these books enough. Perfect for a child's library although I suspect most adults will find them irresistible for themselves."
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Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0670169749I3N00
Book Description Viking Juvenile. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2816830256
Book Description Viking Juvenile. Book Condition: Good. . Good dust jacket. Gifter's inscription inside. Bookseller Inventory # U07C-01892
Book Description Viking Juvenile. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0670169749 Good - Former library copy (Library stamps and stickers throughout) - Rear cover page torn out - Bumping to corners - Great reading copy!(Shelf 44 row 2). Bookseller Inventory # SKU1023387
Book Description Viking Penguin, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Lubin, Leonard (illustrator) (illustrator). First Edition. 55 pages. Ex-Library with Usual Markings. Bookseller Inventory # 0210132
Book Description Viking Juvenile 10/09/1979, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. The books cover is in good condition with minor shelfware that includes dirty marks, colour fading and scuffs. Otherwise the content is in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 122384-4
Book Description Viking Juvenile, New York, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. Rubbing on the DJ's corners, especially on the edges of the inside flaps. Water damage on the book's last end page. ; 7.30 X 6.30 X 0.50 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 264304
Book Description New York: Viking. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 1979 1st ed. 55pp. illus. red decorated cloth oblong sm 8vo: Fine in a Fine dj [dj = scuff @ spine tail; else F] A new illustrated edition of this Wilde classic that was originally published in 1891. Bookseller Inventory # 22157
Book Description The Viking Press, NY, 1979. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Leonard Lubin (illustrator). Reprint. Red laminated dj with b & w illust., good, price clip on dj flap. red cloth cv. illust. of rose in b & w. vg., 55 pp with b & w full page illust. A grotesque dwarf falls in love with the beautiful infanta. Int. vg. lst pub. 1979. Bookseller Inventory # 11770B
Book Description Viking, 1979. Hardcover; 1st Printing. Book Condition: G+. Illustrated by Leonard Lubin (illustrator). Red/orange covers with black rose illustration and title. DJ same color with b/w illustration of a children's old fashed ball in Spain. DJ has protective library plastic cover. Usual library/discard markings. Inside and out. Text is quite clean/tight with some handling showing. Story about a Princess -the Infanta of Spain-she would have only one birthday a year just like the poor people and make it a very special occasion. ; Ex-Lib; 71/2x61/2; 55 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 15428