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Very Gruesome Russian Witch
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2015
I bought this because I love Kinuko Crafts illustrations. And I wasn't disappointed. There are so many of them, like one on every opposing page, which is the way I like them presented as the children can look at the picture while you read to them. I also wanted a Russian tale as I was pairing this with Russian nesting dolls as gifts. I did get other books which were about nesting dolls, but this one really intrigued me because of the illustrator. The tale itself has all the elements of fairy tales, two mean stepsisters and a witchy stepmother, orphaned heroine, 3 knights on handsome steeds, VERY VERY ugly old witch who lives in a creepy house in a dark forest and eats little girls. Love carries the heroine through her plight, hard work and devotion are rewarded through luck and a handsome prince carries her off to happiness ever after. Rate the costume accuracy A+. And the imaginative creepiness deserves the same, both in the narrative and the artwork.
Enjoy it now, but bring it out again at Halloween, cuz it's SCARY.