The Story of the Jack O'Lantern (Anglais) Relié – 27 juillet 2010
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On Halloween night, we dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and carve jack-o'-lanterns. But what is really behind these holiday traditions?
It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal doesn't quite end as he expected. . . .
Katherine Tegen weaves together legend and tradition to tell the story of one of Halloween's most popular icons. With vibrant and dazzling illustrations from Brandon Dorman, The Story of the Jack O'Lantern answers one of the mysteries of that spooky night.
Biographie de l'auteur
Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal: "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City.
Brandon Dorman lives in Puyallup, Washington, and is the creator of Pirates of the Sea! and Santa's Stowaway, and the illustrator of Jack Prelutsky's Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face, as well as Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray.
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Jack, the titular character, is described and illustrated in a manner that wouldn't stretch the imagination to discover he's the lazy second-cousin of Scrooge. The fact that Jack makes a Faustian bargain with a "too friendly man" sporting cloven hooves for the price of a meal only proves that he's as short-sighted as he's despicable.
Tasked with drawing the devil, illustrator Brandon Dorman leaves no doubt that "too friendly man" is indeed Mephistopheles, with a widow's peak, sharply-pointed nose, red eyes and the aforementioned cloven hooves. The image of the devil hurling a burning coal into Jack's stolen pumpkin sent a shiver through my sons (ages 8 and 7). Dorman's illustrations capture the right mood; he uses both facing pages for each image, filling the layers and edges with detail. My sons scoured each page and pointed out Jack climbing over a fence ("There he is!") in the background of one of the last pages.
The epilogue explains that the Irish customs and folklore reached America in the 1800s. No doubt children of that generation were steeled for spooky tales. Grimms' Fairy Tales houses characters as equally spine-chilling as what is found in this book. However, today's generation of parents will likely be taken aback by the lack of positive characters and an unsettling ending, especially for preschool readers.
My sons asked several questions when we reached the end of the book:
"Is Jack a zombie?"
"Does he hide outside on Halloween?"
"Does the Devil need your signature?"
Most parents will find this book too scary for their children. The picture book form makes it too `young' for older children who can better understand the Faustian tale. That's too bad because Dorman's illustrations deserve a wider audience. In summary, the book misses its target audience.
Rating: Three stars (one for the story and two for the artwork).