Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun With Vellum: Hansel and Gretel illustrated by Sybille Schenker

Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm (Author), Sybille Schenker (Illustrator) was released last year and frankly stayed off my radar. That cover is not anything to get excited about, is it? Especially when the image is so small you can't see the flowers in the title font unless you look very carefully. Here is the Hansel & Gretel (UK link), too.

So the book uses vellum and clever illustration design to foreshadow story elements in picture. I tried to pick some images to show that that works, but this is a book that works best in person, not online, thanks to the magic of the materials used to make it.

And if you like this, another edition--one of Little Red Riding Hood--will be released this October.

Book description:

This tale of children in peril has timeless appeal, and the breathtaking illustrations will find a discriminating audience

This stunning edition of the classic fairy tale makes brilliant use of translucent paper and silhoutte-like illustrations to enliven every page. “Once upon a time, there lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children, Hansel and Gretel . . .” and so begins the thrilling story of two children relying on their wits to survive in a hostile world. Sybille Schenker’s evocative and exquisite illustrations bring a unique beauty and graphic excellence to a timeless favorite.

Skipping ahead several pages:

1 comment:

  1. What a fascinating concept! Would love to see this in person