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Molly Whuppie (Picture Puffin)
Japanese edition of Molly Whuppie. Picture book by writer Walter De la Mare who represents Britain of the 20th century, about a Scotish fairy tale passed on for generations in a book marvously illustrated by Errol Le Cain. In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, 32 pages
(first published 1983)
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This is my favorite children's tale, bar none. Walter De La Mare's version is the best I have heard and read, and the illustrations here are brilliant, similar to those of Trina Schart Hyman. This tale, an old Scottish story, deserves more notice for its brave and clever heroine, Mollie Whuppie.
Oct 14, 2017 Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Wonderful illustrations from Le Cain, as usual. The story is not word-for-word de la Mare, although it does use his less bloody version as its basis. For example, in English Fairy Tales, Joseph Jacobs has "He took his own lassies out of the bed on to the floor, and battered them until they were dead," while de la Mare's giant "carried them downstairs, and bolted them up in his great cellar."
Absolutely beautiful telling. I picked this copy up specifically because I recently discovered Errol Le Cain (how was I ignorant of his illustrative brilliance until now!?!?), but the narration stands up to the artwork nicely. And they manage to give the tale its sinister undertow without being overly gory. So, well played. ;)
Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners. He was descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul's School. His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eig ...moreMore about Walter de la Mare...