Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘bram stoker’

What I love about this edition is that it looks genuinly vintage. The blood red cover draws you in and Dracula holds your attention with his deadly glare. With his crazy, wild hair seemingly coming out of the book, who are you to resist the thrall of the first vampire. He is the original undead, before the new-found Edward Cullen’s came to be and the book is unadulterated horror. ‘Dracula’ really is a fantastic gothic book and the subject for much literary debate. Whilst Stoker didn’t ‘invent’ the vampire, his work is considered the turning point for gothic horror stories about the undead and should be read by all children if they are to appreciate the wealth of vampire fiction available to them today.
This edition has of course been adapted for younger readers but it still maintains its epistolary format through letters and journal entries. It is a most frightening book in its original form but the content has been tempered down, whilst the historical reference remain. The illustrations, by Anne Yvonne Gilbert are impressive and take on the format of etchings in a journal, using scratchy black ink on a white background. They are very emphatic of the story and paint the picture of an eery mountain landscape in Transylvania. A fantastic book, a gift for keeps.
Published by Templar ISBN: 9781840115161 Recommended 9-12
Templar also had a new edition out in July with similar illustrations. I can’t recommend Templar publishing enough as they maintain the integrity of the original story through their emphatic illustrations. Looks great, now you have a choice. In fact, you have a huge choice in Dracula editions, these are just two of my favourites.

Read Full Post »

What I love about this edition is that it looks genuinly vintage. The blood red cover draws you in and Dracula holds your attention with his deadly glare. With his crazy, wild hair seemingly coming out of the book, who are you to resist the thrall of the first vampire. He is the original undead, before the new-found Edward Cullen’s came to be and the book is unadulterated horror. ‘Dracula’ really is a fantastic gothic book and the subject for much literary debate. Whilst Stoker didn’t ‘invent’ the vampire, his work is considered the turning point for gothic horror stories about the undead and should be read by all children if they are to appreciate the wealth of vampire fiction available to them today.
This edition has of course been adapted for younger readers but it still maintains its epistolary format through letters and journal entries. It is a most frightening book in its original form but the content has been tempered down, whilst the historical reference remain. The illustrations, by Anne Yvonne Gilbert are impressive and take on the format of etchings in a journal, using scratchy black ink on a white background. They are very emphatic of the story and paint the picture of an eery mountain landscape in Transylvania. A fantastic book, a gift for keeps.
Published by Templar ISBN: 9781840115161 Recommended 9-12
Templar also has a new edition out in July with similar illustrations. I can’t recommend Templar publishing enough as they maintain the integrity of the original story through their emphatic illustrations. Looks great, now you have a choice. In fact, you have a huge choice in Dracula editions, these are just two of my favourites.
  

Published by Templar ISBN: 9780763647933 Recommended 9-12

Read Full Post »

Tomorrow, look out for a review of a stunning hardback edition of ‘Dracula’. This is one of my favourite fin de siecle novels and there is so much to be explored. We can see the scope of the story in what we have done with it today; from Dracula black and white films to Mona the Vampire. Bram Stoker’s novel is a piece of pure uncanny escapism and is a novel I plan to return to reading (in a well lit room) very soon.

Of course on Monday we have the first ever #Mailbox Monday feature. I will treat it as a mini-review feature and a look ahead to what shall be featured on the blog in the coming week. I’ve got some great titles including a vintage style atlas that will take you back and an adventurous giftbook for boys.

Read Full Post »

 

I’ve just realised I completely forgot to review the new Mr Men story ‘Mr Nobody’ who feels invisible and ignored. How ironic. Sorry Mr Nobody, your time will come this week.

In preview of this week I’m reviewing a most wonderful book called ‘Jim’ which was originally published in 1907. It first caught my eye because I know a wonderful, whimsical guy called Jim who lives in Tunisia. Now the book has been re-invented through the illustrations of Mini Grey. She too is a person of interest to me and I might like to interview her about her illustration style.

Dracula will also be emerging from his coffin and leaping into a beautiful edition of Bram Stoker’s dark, absurd tale.

And finally there will be a whole host of childhood historical heroes in a look at adventure tale anthologies.

So that’s this week in preview, Jim, Dracula and historical heroes- that’s my invite list sorted for the mad hatter’s tea party!

I am also considering some new features to set up on here. I would like to include author and illustrator interviews, twitter length reviews as I have so many books I want to review but not the time to review them in length so in similar fashion to children’s author Melvin Burgess and his quest to tweet stories at 140 characters in length http://www.melvinburgess.net/home/blog5.php , I will review in the same manner. It will be a challenge but fun to say if I can use my English language to the best of its ability. I’ve just read through Melvin Burgess’s site/blog/tweets. Fascinating man, I love his frankness and often welcomed absurdity. Would be wonderful to interview him as I get the feeling he wouldn’t lie and would tell you where to go if you overstepped the mark. Be sure to check out his books for older children, teenage years.

And finally I will present a weekly list of ‘5 Minutes Peace’s 5 favourite…’ this will change each week, it could be 5 favourite fairytales, picture books, illustrators. I think it will be fun and get a bit of regularity going, something that people can check back for on a weekly or daily basis. Let me know your thoughts.

Read Full Post »