Little Mook And Dwarf Longnose (Pocket Paragon Book)

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Wilhelm Hauff was a story-teller in the great European mythic tradition. His short stories, peopled with a vivid assortment of dwarves, evil witches, enchanted swans, and devious princes, owe a clear debt to the Brothers Grimm. But rather than rehashing old tales, Hauff created a realm far more exotic than the Grimms' Black Forest, a place where the morals are less than clear-cut and where characters must rely on wits as much as magic spells to solve their predicaments. One collection (probably his best known volume), Little Mook, provides the two tales for our new Pocket Paragon: "The History of Little Mook" and "Dwarf Longnose."

"Little Mook" features a gnomish, innocent orphan whose parents never thought he would amount to much and refused him even the most basic education. Friendless and alone, the naïve Little Mook is stripped of his inheritance and cast out into a hostile world. Blessed with an enterprising nature and outfitted with a pair of magic slippers, he still manages to outwit a cabal of treacherous courtiers and make his fortune.

"Dwarf Longnose" stars a clever little boy enslaved by a cruel witch's curse. Freed from servitude but transformed into a hideous dwarf with a huge proboscis, he returns to parents who no longer recognize him. Luckily his culinary skills put him in good standing with the local Duke, and his good nature and generous heart restore him (with a little help from some magic herbs and an enchanted goose) to his family.

Both stories are decorated with the glowing, gemlike tempera paintings of Boris Pak, a Russian artist whose ornate, whimsical style perfectly captures the romance and humor of these two extraordinary fables. His paintings, smuggled out of Communist Russia, are the first of his works to be published in the U.S. and they're reproduced here in glorious color.

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Grade 3-6–Hauff, who was 10 when the Grimms published Household Tales, published Little Mook and other stories at the age of 24, and a second collection, including "Dwarf Longnose," a year later. Hauff meant his tales to convey moral instruction. In "Little Mook," a dwarf surmounts hardship, supposedly teaching tolerance, but since he can be both vindictive and light-fingered, the message is ambiguous. "Dwarf Longnose" has been illustrated by Maurice Sendak in Dwarf Long-Nose(Random, 1960; o.p.) and published as Dwarf Nose (North-South, 1994; o.p.) and Little Long-Nose (Candlewick, 1997; o.p.). It is the rambling tale of a 12-year-old deformed by a vicious witch after he defends his mother's vegetables from her despoiling fingers. He drinks a delicious broth and dreams away seven years serving the sorceress. When he wakes and escapes, his parents reject him, not recognizing his huge nose and hands. This nightmare view of adolescence ends happily when he puts to use the cooking tips he learned in his dream state, gets a job as the duke's chef, befriends a girl bewitched as a goose, and is eventually released from his spell. His parents accept him once he's handsome and self-reliant, and there's a hint of future happiness with the goose-girl. These odd 19th-century tales are unlikely to enter the canon of their own accord, but fortunately they have attracted artists' attention, and Pak is a worthy successor to Sendak, Lisbeth Zwerger, and Laura Stoddart. His paintings deploy caricatured figures in jeweled and stippled colors against backgrounds of matte black. Details of faces and dress are engaging, and the style, combining realism in overall treatment with touches of exaggeration, exactly matches Hauff's.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Gr. 4-6. This petite double feature celebrates nineteenth-century German fantasist Hauff, an unsung contemporary of the Brothers Grimm. Like others in the publisher's Pocket Paragon series, the book is a pleasure to hold and behold, featuring rich, glossy stock, decorative embellishments, and beautifully reproduced artwork. Though the story "Little Mook" gets top billing, "Dwarf Longnose" is probably better known due to earlier versions illustrated by both Maurice Sendak and Lizbeth Zwerger. The two stories, though, have much in common, each chronicling the adventures of a small, physically odd character who carves his place in the world by dint of cleverness, good-heartedness, and fairy-tale magic. It's a theme that holds allure for many children, although the high ratio of text to visuals (Russian illustrator Pak's striking tempera paintings appear only once every five or so pages) makes it most suitable for sharing with middle-graders. The cogent preface by co-translator Thomas S. Hansen will enlighten college-level students of comparative lit, who will enjoy encountering this elegant volume in their libraries as much as Hauff's intended audience. Jennifer Mattson
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