Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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“Swedish-born artist Ljungkvist holds up her own magic mirror to this age-old story, offering a thoroughly modern, crisply geometric reflection of the fairy tale. Here, a round-headed, triangle-nosed Snow White is the fairest in the land, so fair that the evil queen wants to feed her to wild animals. Of course, justice prevails in this stripped-down, but well-told, version of the favorite tale. The ultraclean artwork cleverly emphasizes the archetypal nature of this story of good versus evil, allowing Ljungkvist to use color and form to communicate mood and meaning. In one spread, the faces of the seven dwarfs are drawn with one continuous black line that children may enjoy tracing with a finger. The appealing, highly stylized illustrations—evocative of the work of Joan Miro and Vladimir Radunsky—appear to be computer generated, but in a note the artist says she uses gouache on watercolor paper to keep the imperfections that ‘give it life.’ A surprisingly fresh, visually exciting rendition.” — Booklist