cover image Fairy Tales for Little Folks

Fairy Tales for Little Folks

Will Moses. Viking, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-451-47283-0

Folk artist Moses recounts five familiar fairy tales—Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Puss in Boots, and Beauty and the Beast—accompanied by his distinctively feathery, pastoral painting style. Moses’s retellings are faithful and straightforward, and he strikes an old-fashioned tone in keeping with the look of the tiny images that pepper the pages. Each story concludes with an evocative full-spread painting that charts the key events of the story; in a painting for Beauty and the Beast, readers see Beauty’s merchant father setting out on horseback at left, his first encounter with a fearsome horned beast along a winding trail in the center of the spread, and the Beast’s courtship of Beauty unfolding on the right. It’s a cozy, traditional collection, well-suited for brief, bedtime readalouds. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)