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Evaline Ness is a favorite illustrator from childhood and I do like the illustrations in this book, however, the retelling of an English folk tale that is a cross between Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood is a bit too chilling for modern tastes. Mr. and Mrs. Miacca come off as rather credible serial killers/cannibals without the distance of make-believe found in giants/giantesses, gingerbread house witches, wolves in Granny's nightdress, or even Heckedy-Peg. Too scary.
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4/5 For some reason, that remains a mystery to me I LOVED this book as a young child. We would take trips to the library and I would read this over and over. My parents were horrified Im sure. But I turned out alright! Im not certain if it speaks to a past life of mine or what on earth it could be. The story is pretty scary and Ive no idea why on earth it would be considered a childrens story, let alone be in the childrens section of our nearest library. Im sure by now it is no longer and ...more
The tale of Mr. Miacca who snatches bad children and eats them. Tommy Grimes who was sometimes a good boy, and sometimes bad, and when he was bad he was very bad, but he also had a bit of a quick with about him, and that is what he needed to escape the clutches of Mr. Miacca, and avoid his cooking pot.
My wife loves this book, but I kinda think it sucks. No plot build-up; just that kid is sometimes bad so wonderful parent tells him not to go out lest Mr Miacca will get him. And boil him up and eat him. With his nice wife concurring. Pretty creepy for a kids book. Don't know how many copies were sold but it has only like 6 pages of text so the author made a killing on a per word basis. Horrible book.
This is scary as fuck. The folk could certainly tell frightening tales. "Don't talk to strangers" certainly is one interpretation, although I don't think the boy Tommy in this story did anything except venture outside, against the specific instructions of his mother. There is that bit of Little Red Riding Hood ("don't stray from the path, don't talk to strangers") and part Jack in the Beanstalk and part Hansel and Gretel (cannibalism, being a trickster to escape). Evaline Ness always has the ...more
Evaline Ness was an American commercial artist, illustrator, and author of children's books. As illustrator of picture books she was one of three Caldecott Medal runners-up each year 1964 to 1966 and she won the 1967 Medal for Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine, which she also wrote. She illustrated more than thirty books for young readers and wrote several of her own. She is noted for using a great ...more
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