TOADS AND DIAMONDS

"Striking illustrations highlight this retelling of Perrault's "The Fairies"...readers will be drawn to this book by his delightfully unusual illustrations. He uses acetate and animator's paint to create a luminous atmosphere, deftly blending darkness and vivid color. He exaggerates the figures, giving the two mean women ridiculously long upturned noses, and manages to make them both hideous and funny at the same time...Bender's eye-catching style and technique neatly match the tale's humor."
School Library Journal

"Humor abounds in the tale, which will leave readers applauding the just deserts doled out by the clever troll. Bender's paintings achieve a luminescent glow from an unusual artistic process: the artist paints on the front and back of a layer of acetate, which he carefully sets atop a black background."
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