Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Book: Classic Bedtime Stories by Scott Gustafson

Classic Bedtime Stories by Scott Gustafson will be released this Tuesday. A companion book of Gustafson's bestselling Classic Fairy Tales, over ten years in the making.

I received a review copy of the book and all of the illustrations are beautiful. I like to think of it as the chance to get more lush paintings for stories not included in the first book. This new book offers us:

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
Sleeping Beauty
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Story of Little Sambha and the Tigers
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Lion and the Mouse
Jack and the Beanstalk

The stories are suitable for bedtime and the images will thrill many children's imaginations as well as those reading to them. Gustafson's illustrations remind me of some of the books I loved in my childhood, some that are lost in memory actually. The super bright colors and soft focus are very appealing. This will make a nice holiday gift for some young--or old--ones this year.

Book description:

Once upon a time, artist Scott Gustafson set out to illustrate classic stories, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes. Decades later, his immediately recognizable paintings have made bestsellers of Peter Pan, The Night Before Christmas, Classic Fairy Tales and Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose. Now he gives us Classic Bedtime Stories, a lavishly illustrated, oversized collection of some of his favorite tales.

Stories such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Sambha and the Tigers” leap off the page thanks to Gustafson’s exquisite paintings and lively retelling of these classics. “The Lion and the Mouse” and “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse” demonstrate his talent at creating uncanny anthropomorphic characters who keep us smiling even as they teach us about tolerance, diversity, and the Golden Rule.

A book that even adults will enjoy reading aloud again and again,Classic Bedtime Stories will keep youngsters of all ages engaged for hours. Gustafson’s unique style makes this a volume to be cherished by children, parents, and grandparents for generations to come.

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