Synopses & Reviews
"One of the great examples of the graphic novel form. Should inspire a new generation." — The Atlantic
Cantalbert is a simple juggler but the world takes no interest in his only real gift, and he feels inadequate compared to people with meaningful jobs. Seeking a more spiritual approach to life, he enters a monastery. Cantalbert's menial chores among the monks fail to instill the self-doubting juggler with any sense of worth―until he experiences a soul-stirring encounter with a statue of Mary, the Mother of Christ.
This magical 1952 retelling of a medieval legend, featuring winsome watercolor images by famed illustrator R. O. Blechman, constitutes a predecessor to the modern graphic novel. A Foreword by Jules Feiffer and an Introduction by Maurice Sendak offer insights into the fable's enduring influence.
This 1953 retelling of a medieval legend by famed illustrator R. O. Blechman was a predecessor to the modern graphic novel. Introduction by Maurice Sendak. Foreword by Jules Feiffer.
"A sort of Christmas story," this magical 1953 retelling of a medieval legend by famed illustrator R. O. Blechman was a predecessor to the modern graphic novel. The joyful story of a poor, untalented juggler who has a soul-stirring encounter with a statue of Mary, the Mother of Christ, is accompanied by an Introduction by Maurice Sendak and a Foreword by Jules Feiffer.
About the Author
R. O. Blechman is an American animator, illustrator, children's book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist whose work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions. His best-known works include television commercials for Alka-Seltzer and other products and numerous covers for The New Yorker.
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) is the author-illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and other popular children's books.
Syndicated cartoonist Jules Feiffer has written more than 35 books, plays, and screenplays. In 1986 he received a Pulitzer Prize for his Village Voice cartoons.