Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince Arguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde s nine fairy tales this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art After dying y

  • Title: Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince
  • Author: P. Craig Russell Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9781561636266
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Arguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde s nine fairy tales, this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art After dying young, the Happy Prince s soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered in gold leaf which is perched high above the city But when he sees the poverty, misery and dArguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde s nine fairy tales, this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art After dying young, the Happy Prince s soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered in gold leaf which is perched high above the city But when he sees the poverty, misery and desperateness of his people, he enlists the help of a barn swallow to remove the gilding of his statue and shower the riches on his people In the spring, the townspeople are saved, but find only a stripped down and dull statue alongside a dead swallow The remains are tossed into an ash heap, but an emissary of God recognizes their sacrifice, and escorts them into the gardens of Heaven Perfect for middle school students as an introduction to the world famous author, the dazzling illustrations in this book suit the timeless writings of Wilde.

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    1. Well, it would appear that P. Craig Russell has saved the best for last with his adaptations of the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. This volume, the tale of The Happy Prince, is a bitter-sweet tale that resonates with the era in which we live. Here is the tale of the true spirit of wealth and how one finds happiness. This is story of an unlikely friendship and how love transcends the physical forms we may inhabit. It is also a story of how the wealthy are blind to the reality that exists right in fr [...]

    2. The illustrations coupled with the fairy tale itself is such a magical combination! Such a beautiful story!

    3. I've been in love with Russell's art since high school (Elric: The Dreaming City), and am familiar with Wilde's writing, but holy crap, I was not prepared for the transcendent sadness I felt on reaching the end. Maybe the title fooled me; "Hey, it's the HAPPY Prince, this should be fun to read." Wrong. That said, I'm glad to have read it. It's a tragic, heart-breaking story, but very beautiful and full of meaning at the same time. The message; some things are worth dying for, but it's certainly [...]

    4. Tales written by Oscar Wilde, with a twist you don't find in most kid stories, and the art is more than competent, but I felt like it was distant and cool to me rather than really engaging.

    5. Death has come over a town. A young prince has died. After his death the Prince's (known as Happy Prince)soul is trapped inside a gold statue that is covered with gold leaves. In his hand he holds a sword with a ruby at the top. Everyone in the town wants to be as happy as Happy Prince seemed since their lives were filled with poverty and unhappiness. When a swallow wishes the same thing he soon finds out that Happy Prince isn't so happy after all. Happy Prince gets the little swallow to help hi [...]

    6. This book was a different Oscar Wilde experience, not surprisingly I suppose. I am not sure what age group is the target audience but the language used precludes it's full comprehension by youngish children. The story has a virtuous central theme with a rapidly developed deep connection made between the two protagonists. I was surprised with the metaphysical conclusion, which seemed well out of step with the usual Wilde witty and cynical prose that I have previously been exposed to.

    7. I'd heard about these tales of Wilde, and been looking to read a version illustrated by P.J.Lynch. But by happy coincidence I came across the version from P. Craig Russell in my local library. I very much enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing Lynch's interpretation.20130923 - I liked it so much I decided to purchase a copy for my own. I plan to purchase the full set of 5 volumes.

    8. A treat for the eyes and the soul. An artistic masterpiece adapting one of Wilde's most moving fairy tales. Russell's artwork keeps getting better and better. Not my favorite book in the series, but close.

    9. Neat to see a graphic novel depict a classic Oscar Wilde fairy tale! Very pretty illustrations. Just wished it was longer :)

    10. These illustrations. This story. Charming, simple, relevant. If I were a teacher, I would use this medium AND this particular fairy tale to introduce my students to Wilde. Wow. LOVED.

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