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ISBN 10: 0688094163 / ISBN 13: 9780688094164
Published by Morrow Junior, NY, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover

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FINE condition in FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 1991. FIRST EDITION. AS NEW, bound in elaborately illustrated boards and wraps. Square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. A retelling of an old Russian tale of Alexis the king's archer, his magical wife Olga and their adventures into a world of enchantment where all things are within reach. Bookseller Inventory # 000125

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Publisher: Morrow Junior, NY

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Dennis McDermott

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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A retelling of an old Russian tale of Alexis the king's archer, his beautiful and magical wife Olga, and their adventures

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Grade 1 Up-- Folklorist Wolkstein brings her considerable talents to this Russian tale, but the final result is mixed. Alexis, the king's archer, is married to Olga, a woman possessing magical powers. Awed by her beauty, the king vows to have her for himself. He sends Alexis on a mission to go I Know Not Where and bring back I Know Not What. With the archer gone, the king goes to claim Olga but she changes herself into a blue pigeon and escapes. Along his way, Alexis encounters an invisible genie, Oom Razoom, who grants his every wish. Returning to his native land, Alexis magically defeats the king, inherits his kingdom, and lives happily ever after with Olga. This is classified as a folktale; however, no sources are given. While Wolkstein's writing is smooth and accomplished, the story is overly involved and contains too many disparate elements to be truly cohesive. Even attentive readers may have trouble following the plot. McDermott's large, full-color paintings seem to strive for the lush romanticism of 19th-century Russian illustration popularized by Ivan Bilibin and Boris Zvorykin, but they remain distinctly Western in their view and execution. The colors lack harmony; although they are bright to the point of being garish, they are flat and chalky. The composition of many paintings seems to be based upon a pseudo-classicism while the execution remains distinctly cartoonlike. All the characters have similar bulbous noses, and their eyes can only be claimed by Disney. All in all, a well-told tale saddled with a mishmash of illustrations. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL
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