It’s nice to start the new year with a great review, this time of the audio book edition of Two Trickster Tales from Russia, reviewed by Sue Bursztynski on The Great Raven and also for January Magazine. Below is an extract, with the full text here.
..This is a delightful version of the print book, narrated by Xavier Masson-Leach, with incidental music and sound effects by Xavier and Bevis Masson-Leach.
In the first story, Masha And The Bear, the grumpy bear is given a strong Russian accent, while the characters in The Rooster With The Golden Crest speak like American hillbillies, with appropriate – and charming – music for both. The whole thing goes for about 14 minutes, but since children tend to have short attention spans anyway, it may be just the thing to play before bedtime. It reminds me a little of a version of Peter And The Wolf I received for review some years ago.