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Petrouchka: The Story of the Ballet. SIGNED by Illustrator

Collier, John; Werner, Vivian

ISBN 10: 0670836079 / ISBN 13: 9780670836079
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr, 1992
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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oblong tall 8vo, 31p, glossy light green cloth, Near fine book in like dustcover, SIGNED by John Collier with NO insc on ffep, 1st edn. 1st printing, nicely illus. Bookseller Inventory # 9451

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Title: Petrouchka: The Story of the Ballet. SIGNED ...

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: John Collier

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An illustrated version of the classic Russian ballet depicts the plight of Petrouchka the clown-puppet who longs to be free from the strings of his creator in order to experience the emotions of life.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3 Up-- Reading this picture-book version of the classic Russian ballet is a little like having someone tell you what Niagara Falls looks like--the immediacy and the power just aren't there. The puppet Petrouchka loves a ballerina puppet and wishes he could express his feelings. But his love is in vain for the ballerina flirts with an exotic Moor puppet who kills Petrouchka in a fit of rage. Even with the music and dance, this story line is hopelessly melodramatic. But taken away from its proper stage setting, the story reads like a bizarre hybrid of Pinocchio, Othello, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier . As misguided as Werner's retelling may be, Collier's interpretations make a bad concept worse. Executed in what appears to be chalk pastel on paper with touches of gouache, his illustrations are dark, somber, and derivative of famous painters. They do little to further the story as they vacillate between a straightforward realism and an abstraction reminiscent of Picasso's early blue period. While he has some skill at arresting single-shot illustrations, he has a poor eye for the proportions of human anatomy and is especially inept at hands. Effective picture-book art requires a consistency of character and visual storytelling ability that is missing from this effort. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
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