A beautiful new edition of Joan Aiken's captivating collection of much-loved modern fairytales, now reissued with Jan Pienkowski's original and iconic silhouette illustrations.
"This is how it all began..." From 'A Necklace of Raindrops' to 'The Patchwork Quilt', here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday, this spell-binding collection conjures up a world filled with magic, where wishes can come true. A necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest rainstorm; a tiger that runs faster than the wind; a huge floating apple pie with a piece of sky in it; a baker's cat who swells to the size of a whale when his mistress feeds him yeast; a house that stands on one leg - these are just some of the objects and characters that figure in these delightful stories.
“His distinctive style evokes the fairy tales' mix of surrealism and exoticism; apparently, he played a tape recording of the fairy tales as he drew. ... This was the first cover to feature Pienkowski's enchanting silhouette style. The black title lettering picks up on the silhouette and stands out against the multicoloured backdrop that captures a sense of 1960s experimentalism.”
Lydia Fulton, Financial Times
“One of the best possible books to give to a child, made even more magical by the exquisite silhouette pictures of the Polish artist Jan Pienkowski.”
Amanda Craig, Amazon.co.uk
“A Necklace of Raindrops is something that should be on every child's shelf”
Amanda Craig, The Times
“Magic has never been more elegantly shaped than in these effervescent short stories ... The flight of imagination is delicately captured in Jan Pienkowski's accompanying silhouettes.”
Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
“I loved these strange tales with their exquisitely vivid illustrations!...we read one a day (sometimes rather greedily more), and were in turns, charmed, amused and thrilled by the weird and wonderful characters and their enchanting, enchanted stories”
“Jan Pienkowski, whose magical silhouttes were never so finely matched as with the wonderful Joan Aiken's fine short stories...A treat”
The Evening Standard
“Filled with poetic repetitions, each story beautifully balances the prosaic with the wondrous”
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