Great review of the audio edition of Two Trickster Tales

two trickster tales audio book combined covers largerIt’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.

Great review in Gleebooks newsletter

Another great review for Two Trickster Tales from Russia, this time from the Gleebooks newsletter online. Following is the full text.

Two Trickster Tales from Russia retold by Sophie Masson (ill) David

This very handsome addition to our folk tale selection is the
first book from new Australian publishing house Christmas Press, the
aim of which is to produce fine picture books of traditional tales
from diverse cultures. The quality of their debut, featuring a simple
retelling of Masha & the Bear and The Rooster with the Golden Crest,
bodes very well for their future, with its superb design. There is
drama and whimsy in the colour and sepia artwork, which is rendered in
classic European style and offset by Russian motifs bordering each
page. In place of endpapers are photographs showing details of an
rustic cottage, taken by Masson on one of her trips to Russia. If you
aren  t already familiar with these tales, this is a splendid
introduction. Following soon are character toys to accompany the book,
as well as further collections of folk tales. Next stop, Scotland!’