Synopses & Reviews
When she discovers the three bearsand#8217; house in the woods, Goldilocks ventures in and makes herself at home. According to tradition, she sits in the chairs, samples the meal laid on the table, and takes a nap. Yet something is different in this retelling of the classic story of the girl with golden locks.
Though our heroine is the same, our bears certainly are not. These bears are hip; they have a sense of style and a love of design. Their split-level home is filled with furnishings created by an international crowd of celebrated designers, from Alvar Aalto to Charles and Ray Eames to Isamu Noguchi.
Children will delight in this long-beloved story given new life by Steven Guarnacciaand#8217;s stylized artworkand#8212;and may even pick up a design tip or two.
"This companion to Guarnaccia's The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale recasts the three bears as hipsters living in a cottage filled with 20th-century design icons. Papa Bear's chair is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh ladderback ('hard as a rock'), Mama Bear's is an Arne Jacobsen 'Egg' chair ('way too soft'), and Baby Bear's is an Eames brothers creation ('but just as she was getting cozy, the chair broke into pieces'). (These and other furnishings appear and are defined on the endpapers.) Goldilocks finds chili on the table instead of porridge, airbeds and Italian sofas instead of woodland cottage primitive, while Papa Bear sports a beret, sunglasses, and a clarinet in the hippest '50s beat style (Baby Bear, meanwhile, is never without his coonskin cap). Guarnaccia's clear-line drawings convey a gently humorous vision of mid-century life among kidney-shaped furniture and Hungarian ceramics; there's a cowboy holster slung around Baby Bear's bed and an 'Ursus' university pennant hanging on his wall. Children will be entertained (and, possibly, educated), design students will be amused, and adults will draw sighs of nostalgia. Ages 4 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Steven Guarnaccia's stylish and stylized artwork delivers bears who are hip, have a sense of style and a love of design.
Illustrations featuring elements of the modernism movement in art provide a new look at this traditional tale of Goldilocks. Includes information on designers. Full color.
Cinderella wants nothing more than to go to the ball, but she doesnand#8217;t have a thing to wear! This classic fairy tale of the young servant girl who experiences a magical night and finally finds her prince receives a fresh and modern retelling from illustrator Steven Guarnaccia.
Guarnacciaand#8217;s stylized illustrations give familiar characters new life with a fun, fashion-forward look, using apparel and accessories inspired by some of the most famous fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Young readers will delight in the bright and beautiful illustrations, and fashion enthusiasts will enjoy the references to well-known haute couture designs, including a Vivienne Westwoodand#150;inspired ball gown, a rag dress of patched-together designer patterns, and Prada-inspired crystal slippers. Includes endpapers that detail the different featured designs as well as the year they were made.
Praise for Cinderella
"A crisp, modern take on the oft-told tale: deliciously subversive and visually captivating. Chic and sophisticated, a delectable homage to fashion."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This title will be appreciated by children and adults who are captivated by the world of fashion and who will find inspiration for creating their own designs."
--School Library Journal
About the Author
Steven Guarnaccia is the chair of the illustration department at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. His art has appeared in many national and international magazines. He is the author of several books for adults and children, including The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale. He lives and works in Montclair, New Jersey.