Sunday, December 09, 2012

Book Review: Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas (Book & DVD set)
by Jane Seymour
 and illustrated by
Omar Rayyan
Published by Shadow Mountian Publishing, October 2012
I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley; I have not had access to the DVD and would refer interested readers to the publisher's website for information.....
The illustrations in this book are an absolute delight. Rich, detailed, beautifully tinted colours and appealing scenes will give any child delight, and there is  as much to be teased out of the illustrations as there is from the story. The actress Jane Seymour retells the story, familiar to so many through the eponymous Christmas Carol by J.M. Neale, in a new and appealing way.  I particularly liked the inset boxes giving historical detail about life in a mediaeval castle, the role of a page, St Stephen's Day and Christmas celebrations in the Middle Ages, but for me, one of the major selling points was the afterword, informing the reader about the life of St Wenceslas, J.M. Neale's Carol and the the Christian point and underpinning of the the whole story.
This is a slim but gorgeous book, which will delight adults and children alike; we will definitely be reading it at our house on St Stephen's  Day.

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