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Book Title: The Fairy Tales|
The author of the book: Jan Pieńkowski
ISBN 13: 9780670061891
Date of issue: 2005
Format files: PDF
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When I was a child I would have craved this gorgeous book with all my heart. I would have loved the heavy paper, the fancy font, the extra-careful translations, and of course the illustrations that are both pretty and just a bit naughty. I would be in a fairy-tale mood, and would have wished that I didn't know any better than to actually steal it.
Now, it seems a fair bit overdone. And the shapely silhouettes of the very young women make me feel a bit squicked. And the simplicity of the roles (heroines lovely, stepsisters ugly, servants pretty much decorative), while traditional, is not what I am now looking for. And there are only four stories! I would rather have had fewer pictures and more tales.
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Read information about the authorJan Michel Pieńkowski is a Polish-born British illustrator and author of children's books. He is probably best known for his Meg and Mog books with writer Helen Nicoll and for his pop-up books, including Haunted House (winner of the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal), Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others.
Pieńkowski illustrated his first book at the age of eight, as a present for his father. During World War II, Pieńkowski's family moved about Europe, finally settling inHerefordshire, England in 1946. He attended the Cardinal Vaughan School in London, and later read English and Classics at King's College, Cambridge.
After leaving university Pieńkowski founded the Gallery Five greeting cards company. He began illustrating children's books in his spare time, but soon found the work taking over all his time. He began working with children's author Joan Aiken in 1968; he later won the first of two Kate Greenaway Medals in 1972 for his illustrations in Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea.
Pieńkowski has had a life-long interest in stage design. He was commissioned to provide designs for Theatre de Complicite, Beauty and the Beast for the Royal Ballet, and Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland Paris.
In 2005 Pienkowski contracted a civil partnership with David Walser, with whom he has been in a relationship for over 40 years.
Pienkowski suffers from bipolar disorder.
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