Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ed Young, Mouse Match: A Chinese Folktale, Silver Whistle & Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997

A beautifully produced book that illustrates this Chinese fairytale about a mother and father mouse and their search to find the most suitable marriage candidate for their daughter, i won't spoil the ending, but this story is known as the 'Mouse Bride' story in China.

Ed Young illustrates this large book with his collages and cutouts, and while these are serviceable they create a dark and muddy kind of field, and the mouse figures seem to fight against this background. However, the struggle and the search that form the heart of this story are clearly communicated through this ambitious collage.

Single page 11" (h) x 8.5" (w), when open 18ft 5".

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