Snow White in New York

Fiona French

Book - 1990

A modern retelling of the fairy tale where Snow White is a society girl, her stepmother is the queen of the underworld, the prince is a reporter, and the seven dwarves are jazz musicians.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press 1990, c1986.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
0192722107
Main Author
Fiona French (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Astonishing pictures highlight this sophisticated book about a classy New York dame named Snow White. Her troubles come when her father marries the Queen of the Underworld, who resents Snow White's popularity. Snow White is left by one of the Queen's henchmen to die on the streets of New York, but she stumbles into a club where seven jazzmen make her their singer. She's a hit again, so the Queen throws a party for her, doctoring Snow White's drink with a poison cherry. All of New York turns out for the funeral, but when her coffin is jolted, Snow White wakes up; the cherry was merely lodged in her throat. Suave and witty, this story is elevated by its pictures to dizzying, art deco heights. This might be readers' first look at a unique style of art, but they may wish for a change in the endingSnow White's stepmom should have been given a pair of cement shoes! Ages 5-8. (March) Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This zany version of the classic fairy tale puts Snow White in a jazz-age New York where the seven dwarfs are musicians and the handsome prince is a newspaper reporter

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Pulsating with the rhythm and vibrancy of the Jazz Age, this dazzling picture book is set in New York City in the 1920s. The story may be familiar, but the cast of characters will surprise you. Snow White is a beautiful jazz baby, protected by seven hot jazzmen. Instead of a wicked stepmother,
her arch-enemy is the Queen of the Underworld. And her Prince Charming is a crack reporter from the New York Mirror. The breezy and clever text complements the style and color of the art deco illustrations, making this a picture book of astonishing originality. This winner of The Kate Greenaway
Medal is at last available in paperback.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Pulsating with the rhythm and vibrancy of the Jazz Age, this dazzling picture book is set in New York City in the 1920s. The story may be familiar, but the cast of characters will surprise you. Snow White is a beautiful jazz baby, protected by seven hot jazzmen. Instead of a wicked stepmother, her arch-enemy is the Queen of the Underworld. And her Prince Charming is a crack reporter from the New York Mirror. The breezy and clever text complements the style and color of the art deco illustrations, making this a picture book of astonishing originality. This winner of The Kate Greenaway Medal is at last available in paperback.