Ichabod Crane faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle rises from a 20-year sleep to find a world vastly changed in these two delightful classics of American literature. Complete and unabridged, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with 6 new full-page illustrations.
The St. Charles Players bring a classic of American horror to life in this full-cast performance. Unlike the recent film version of SLEEPY HOLLOW, the script remains true to Irving's original tale, adding dialogue and additional ghost stories to flesh out the plot. The acting throughout is uneven. But overall, this play is pleasant entertainment based faithfully on a classic story of horror. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal :
Grade 2-4 While this substantially shortened version lacks the rich detail of Washington Irving's tale, it does maintain the combination of humor and eerie atmosphere that characterized the original. Sleepy Hollow was a remote valley filled with strange beliefs and superstitions, a perfect place for an itinerate schoolmaster whose four books include one on dreams and one on witchcraft. When Ichabod Crane fastens his attentions on Katrina Van Tassel, the lovely daughter of a prosperous farmer, he risks the ire of Katrina's other suitor, a young man known for his boisterous sense of humor. A ghostly midnight chase brings the story to its famous double-edged conclusion. The full-color illustrations combine watercolor and lively pen-and-ink drawings. While all of the characters have comic qualities, the hapless Ichabod is pure caricature with huge ears, a beak-like nose, and an emaciated body with knobby joints. The energetic illustrations keep pace with the story to an unusual degree. Bright daylight pastels shift to rich cobalt, emerald green, and blacks for the midnight scenes. The line also becomes increasingly dynamic, ending in a climax of strong diagonals and vivid color. As an introduction to this classic story to readers too young for the Irving original, this edition is superior in both language and illustration to the San Souci version (Doubleday, 1986). Eleanor K. MacDonald, Palos Verdes Library District, Calif.
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