“EDGAR AND THE TATTLE-TALE HEART,” by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Ron Stucki, Gibbs Smith, $16.99 (ages 0-3)
Children can get a first taste of “Frankenstein,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and the work of Edgar Allan Poe, thanks to the BabyLit series.
Author Jennifer Adams and illustrator Alison Oliver have been introducing youngsters to classic literature since 2011, covering the well-known works of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Emily Bronte and more. The team has compiled more than a dozen board book primers, using literary ties to teach children about counting, colors, camping and fashion, among other topics.
“Frankenstein: An Anatomy Primer” is based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel by the same name. The book covers head to foot and includes several blueprint-like illustrations, which are appropriate for the laboratory setting.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Colors Primer” reflects the colorful, busy world of Oz. Each page is based on one of the story’s key features or characters of that color surrounded by many other objects. For example, the yellow brick road fittingly represents the color yellow while the Tin Man represents the color silver.
Because the primer is based on the novel by L. Frank Baum, some of the elements portrayed may be new for those who are more familiar with the 1939 film adaptation.
Adams first introduced Edgar the raven in “Edgar Gets Ready for Bed,” Gibbs Smith’s first children’s book, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” This time around, “Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart” takes the basic premise of covering up a mistake from Poe’s dark and disturbing short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” to create an uplifting tale of honesty.
Everything starts out fine when Mom leaves Edgar and his little sister, Lenore, home alone. “Be good while I’m gone,” she says.
Soon, Edgar starts to have a little too much fun with a paper airplane and accidentally knocks over a statue (which is actually a cleverly placed bust of Edgar Allen Poe). With little sister Lenore threatening to tell Mom what happened, Edgar must decide what to do about the broken possession.
Ron Stucki’s simple illustrations are accompanied by Adams’ straightforward story and dialogue, all of which effectively portray the morals of truth and love.
If you go
What: Jennifer Adams book signing
When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.
Where: The King’s English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase copies of the featured books from The King’s English.
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