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A vivid, shimmering catalogue not only of our abundant universe but also of Jane Ray's dazzling talents.
...Jane Ray's magical and humorous illustrations...
Financial Times, Sept '03
I like the lovely pictures showing mermaids and the feel of the front cover... I think it is very good value for money... I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Katherine Thompson, age 6, MyBOOKSmag
...if there were a beauty contest for books (Fairy Tales) would win hands down... the pictures are exquisite: edged with gold and set in pages of such glorious colour that you feel like stroking them...
The Scotsman, Nov 2000
...this is her finest hour- with delicate miniaturist silhouettes and sumptuous full page tableaux. There is, literally and metaphorically, gold on every page.
Sunday Times, Dec 2000
Jane Ray's decorative powers have been unleashed to turn each (of the Fairy Tales) into a visual feast.
The Times
Jane Ray works her magic to produce glowing, poignant illustrations...
Text and illustrations are set, gilt-edged, against a background of what must surely be swatches of fairy fabrics and enchanted wallpapers. Ray is famed for her highly decorative work... but here she extends her range magnificently: throughout the book, and especially in Snow White, spirited silhouettes in the style of Rackham weave intricate threads of narrative detail into the rich textures of Doherty's fine retelling. And in Rumpelstiltskin, the picture of the miller's daughter contemplating the mountain of straw, with just a plain inky blue border, is both beautiful and eloquent in its simplicity.
Books for Keeps
The luminosity which has typified much of Ray's earlier work is magnificently on display here in the rich blues of skies pulsating with stars, in the greens and browns of the tangled forest, and in the pink and white icing of the gingerbread house. But with the first appearance of the witch we are in darker domains, the pictures here being dominated not merely by a literal sombreness but also by an attention to symbolic detail which directs us to the evil we are witnessing. The denouement brings a return to light and life, the transformation signalled in the new cheerfulness visible in the artefacts which decorate the witches abode. It all adds up to an indispensable addition to our store of Grimm imaginings.
Robert Dunbar in The School Librarian, Feb '98
Jane Ray, with her fluid text and glittering illustrations perfectly captures the sense of horror. Here is surely the most terrifying witch ever, with her tattooed wrists, her cape of feathers and her white masked face. And how delicious to discover that we never see the cruel stepmothers face. So THAT'S why she vanishes when the old witch dies! Children will want to tiptoe through these pictures again and again.
Junior Education, Jan '98
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