The Revenge of the Black Cat
In this collection, Katja Alves retells some traditional Swiss myths—exciting, funny, and sometimes gruesome tales from all four regions of the country.
The exquisite illustrations were created by nineteen young artists who hail from Switzerland.
Illustrations by: Anda, Carole Aufranc, Silvan Borer, Paloma Canonica, Anna Deér, Lucie Fiore, Gregor Forster, Lea Gross, Sara Guerra Rusconi, Mira Gysi, Rina Jost, Patricia Keller, Rahel Messerli, Jakob Näf, Camille Perrochet, Eliane Schädler, Pia Valär, Adam Vogt, and Anna Weber.
Nineteen different illustrators were tasked with illustrating the tales, and their aesthetic sensibilities and approaches are as varied as the stories themselves...the book maintains a satisfying and attractive cohesiveness. A welcome addition to the folklore bookshelf.
Drawn from all four language regions of Switzerland and rooted in the local landscapes, the stories are related in a plainspoken style…morals (be kind to animals; “The Revenge of the Black Cat”), cautionary tales (don’t stare at the neighbors; “The Spalentier”), and legends about particular places (“The Devil’s Bridge”) mix to offer a winsome introduction to classic Swiss stories.
Fairy tale fans and storytellers will find new possibilities in this attractive, well-constructed new material for many collections.
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