Reviews for Legend of Sleepy Hollow : Found Among the Papers of the Late Diedrich Knickerbocker

Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 1999
Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. It's been around for 150 years, but the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is still both shivery and funny. In the rich and heightened language of its time, it is still easily digestible. The naive, lanky schoolmaster Ichabod, the swaggering Brom Bones, and the rivalry over the "plump as a partridge" heiress Katrina Van Tassel are recognizable, indeed. Also recognizable are the landscape and towns of New York State, bursting with harvest ripeness. Add to this great mix the fine ghostly figure of the Headless Horseman, and the story remains a Halloween favorite. Oil paintings by Russ Flint will resonate with children who might have grown up with the Walt Disney sanitized version: elongated figures and rubbery angles fill an autumnal landscape of burnished colors in wicked oranges and golds. ((Reviewed October 1, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews