Reviews for Snow White

Booklist Reviews 2005 August #1
K-Gr. 2. A familiar tale gets a decidedly different look here, with artwork that is as handsome as it is unsettling. Copper uses the unexpurgated version of the Brothers Grimm story in which the wicked queen, disguised as a peddler, visits Snow White in the forest three times. (Even little ones might wonder why, after two near-death experiences--with a too-tight corset and a poison comb--Snow White thinks it's a good idea to buy her apple.) The draw here is primarily the artwork--majestic oil paintings in which all the characters are animals. These are no sweet little four-legged creatures, though. The queen, a green-eyed cat, is both beautiful and loathsome as the story progresses; the seven dwarfs are mice dressed in jerkins and leather britches, their rodent characteristics evident despite their clothes; and Snow White, a pure white rabbit, is imbued with a simplicity that almost causes her death. Drawing on the realism of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century portraiture, the pictures cut a bold swath. Children may not warm to this, but they'll be fascinated. ((Reviewed August 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
While Copper's text follows the Grimms' version pretty closely, her elaborate illustrations depict the characters as animals. The wicked queen is a cat, and Snow White is a rabbit, her original "red as blood" coloring replaced by a somewhat less vivid pink nose. The animal characters, realistically painted except for their carefully realized costumes, may draw readers into the familiar tale. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2005 July #2
Interpretations of this favorite Grimm tale range from Disney cute to the sophisticated elegance of Nancy Elkholm Burkert. Copper envisages it with animals, casting Snow White as a rabbit, the evil queen as a cat and the dwarves as mice. The readable text aligns with the original telling, retaining the rhymed questions to the mirror. However, the focus here is in the illustrations, finely detailed, richly colored paintings that dress the animals in handsome period clothing. But . . . replacing humans with animals for this beloved classic doesn't hold the same romance and magic; it's almost as bad as depicting Peter Rabbit and family as people. Maybe exchanging the characters for animals would make the tale less scary for very young ones, but kids deserve better. This variation can't begin to hold a candle to Charles Santore's exquisite version, recently reissued, that will enchant children so much more. (Fairytale. 4-6) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2005 November

Gr 2-4 -This is a rather conventional retelling of the Grimms' story except that Copper has recast the tale with animals in human dress. Snow White, her father, and Prince Charming are rabbits; the evil Queen is a cat; the huntsman a dog; and the seven dwarves are mice. The lush paintings feature deep, rich colors with romantic dress and details, set against velvety dark backgrounds. The illustrations lend a dramatic tone to the retelling, but the conceit of using animals in the human roles undercuts the effect and does little to further readers' understanding of or relation to the tale. In their fancy clothing, the creatures appear ungainly, awkwardly poised on two legs. Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla (2003) and Kat Kong (1993, both Harcourt) use animals to broaden comic effect, but Copper's effort will leave youngsters uninvolved. There are a number of better versions available, including Randall Jarrell's translation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Farrar, 1987), which features distinguished art by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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