A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
Dylan Thomas, , illus. by Chris Raschka. . Candlewick, $17.99 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-2161-2
Poet Thomas's beloved remembrance of his childhood holidays marks its 50th anniversary with a slate of jazzy new mixed- media paintings. Shaking things up for traditionalists, Raschka delivers an interpretation via stylized images about as far from typical cold, snowy Wales as one can get. Using a consistently sturdy black line the artist emphasizes warm family scenes with golden hues and some rich, spicy color. He renders outdoor settings—yes, the seaside and snow are still here—in appropriately cool, icy blue tones. Evocative of Thomas's era in its own way, Raschka reimagines the classic for a new audience. All ages.
Reviewed on: 09/27/2004