The Golden Apples
written by Dan Yashinsky
illustrated by Ekaterina Khlebnikova
Over and under, around and through, how can I tell you how fast they flew?
- Starred review in Kirkus
Jack may be good at following recipes, but he's not very good at following directions. When his two older brothers fail to find the golden bird that made off with their father's prize golden apples, Jack steps up for the job. But there are many challenges to be faced along the way; without the help of a fast and friendly fox, Jack just might not make it.
With a smart princess who loves grunge rock, angry kings, magic animals, conniving siblings, and tempting casinos, the delightful re-mix of an old Cape Breton Jack tale seamlessly blends modern and ancient. Acclaimed Canadian storyteller Dan Yashinsky brings wit and whimsy to this wondertale. Ekaterina Khlebnikova's brilliant illustrations blend old and new creating a gorgeous visual world; a perfect complement to Yashinsky's re-telling. Together they serve up a book that will delight readers and listeners of all ages.
What folks are saying
"With its whimsical and sparkling pictures and narrative, The Golden Apples is a post-modern retelling of a wondertale, much needed for our times. It is a vital reminder that, if we listen deeply, magic and mystery offer a radical way into the future. Spellbinding." ~ Mariella Bertelli, storyteller, former children's librarian, translator, and co-coordinator of the Canadian Exhibit of IBBY's Silent Book Final Destination: Lampedusa project
"Brisk, engaging fun" ~ Kirkus, starred review (read the full review)