Euphoric Fatigue (euphoricfatigue) wrote,
Euphoric Fatigue

Ed Young Red Thread

i have this crush on an illustrator...

his name is ed young and i think he has fabulous talent.

he does children's books.

my favorite is Red Thread.


Product Details:
ISBN: 0399219692
Format: Hardcover, 32pp
Pub. Date: March 1993
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Age Range: 5 to 8


Red Thread

Early one morning Wei Gu meets an old man from the spirit world who
tells the young bachelor about his future bride and their life together.


Publishers Weekly

A familiar lesson in the ironies of fate finds an emotive and magnetic
voice in this Chinese folktale. Eager to learn whom he will marry, Wei
Gu seeks counsel from a spiritual matchmaker, who points out an infant
carried on the back of a vegetable-monger. The angry young man refuses
to accept such a destiny, but the elder explains that he and the baby
have been inextricably linked since birth--``No matter how far apart
they may live, how different their social status . . . a man and woman
will eventually marry if their feet are tied together with this red
thread.'' Young's pastel and watercolor illustrations alternate
panoramic overviews of a busy Chinese village with impressionistic
personal close-ups. While youngsters may have difficulty discerning the
activity being portrayed amid the washes of blue, green and orange, the
images' chimerical Old World atmosphere sustains the tone of the
narrative. On every page a single red line--the eponymous
thread--separates word from image, reminding readers of the
inevitability of the matchmaker's words. Dramatic and haunting. Ages
4-8. (Mar.)

BookList - Carolyn Phelan

Wei, a young man in ancient China, wishes to marry but cannot find a
wife. One day a mysterious old man from the spirit world tells Wei of
the red thread that links those who will marry, and guides him to his
intended, an ugly three-year-old girl. Furious, Wei hires an assassin to
kill the child. Fourteen years later, Wei marries. He is startled to
discover that the scar born by his beautiful wife is the mark of his
hired assassin's knife--his wife was the ugly child he despised, but
fate has ruled his destiny after all. His revelation does not seem to
bother his wife; in fact, the author says that "after that the couple
grew even closer"--a statement that may confuse children and adults
alike. Marked by the juxtaposition of intense, complementary colors and
the use of sharp lines to define subtly shaded areas, the artwork has a
distinctive, ethereal look. Despite the beauty of its art, there's an
unchildlike feeling to the book and its theme. This may be a picture
book in search of an audience.
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