Fantastic review by Anastasia Gonis in the new issue of Buzz Words, just out! Here it is, with the permission of Buzz Words.
Two Trickster Tales from Russia retold by Sophie Masson,
illustrated by David Allan (Christmas Press)
PB RRP $22.95 (buy direct from publisher, or from bookshops
listed on site)
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
To all the people that have loved classic fairytales and longed for their resurrection, take heart! With its first publication, Two Trickster Tales from Russia, Christmas Press has returned the classic tale to new generations of readers with the promise that classic tales from all over the world will be reborn in a fresh and exciting fashion. This is a new enterprise with artist David Allan making his illustrative debut, who with designer/artist/writer Fiona McDonald and author Sophie Masson make up the trio that form Christmas Press.
This beautiful book contains two tales from Russia. In Masha and the Bear, a simple trip to the woods to collect berries leads Masha into a bear’s clutches. But she is clever and resourceful, and soon finds a way to get home. With The Rooster with the Golden Crest, a rooster that refuses to listen to logic, finds himself in the clutches of a hungry fox, not once but three times. He is saved from ending up as dinner by his fast-thinking friends, a cat and a thrush.
The illustrations are presented in colour, sepia, and black and white. Delicate lines and intricate details return with full page pictures, borders and double-paged spreads. The design and layout is superb and the language has been adapted well to weave in with and complement the entire structure of the book. The book can be read or listened to with equal pleasure.