Black geese are flying over little Elena’s village, looking for children to snatch up for the witch Baba Yaga to feast upon. When her parents leave Elena in charge of her baby brother, she should be giving him her undivided attention. Instead, she runs off to play, leaving the baby alone in the yard. Brilliant color collages depict the fascinating elements of this gleefully macabre story, from Baba Yaga’s bizarre house, which moves around on giant chicken feet, to the forest animals that help Elena outwit the witch.
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Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels for adults and children. She currently divides her time between Ithaca, New York, Key West and London. Previous titles include The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger, 1989), and Foreign Affairs (1985 Pulitzer Prize for fiction). Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, Foxy!, The Strongest Boy in the World, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn, The Sticky Doll Trap, and King Pom and the Fox. Jessica lives in North London.Review:
A really good variation tale by Alison Lurie characteristically illustrated with intriguing bright shapes by Jessica Souhami. School Librarian
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Book Description Frances Lincoln Children's Boo, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111845077539
Book Description Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Jessica Souhami (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1845077539