question - scary illlustrations (of animals) in fairy tales

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question - scary illlustrations (of animals) in fairy tales

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Ene 9, 2012, 4:41am

Hi, can i ask you something? My friend is looking for children books with "scary" animal illustrations, especially fairy tales. She's doing a small research research on that topic. What do I mean by "scary"? For example, Wolf (or fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding Hood or birds in Chicken Little...) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Have you seen any book of this sort? Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Ene 9, 2012, 11:01am

Hmm. I feel like you'd want to start with older publications, since newer books probably have less scary pictures.

Would any of these images qualify?

Editado: Ene 10, 2012, 9:50am

The Sur La Lune website has an illustrated archive for each fairy tale they annotate.

Example: Red Riding Hood

You could scroll through the archives and see which of the illustrations would work well as 'scary'. Some of the tales show a greater number of illustrations than others, but all of the artwork is provided with attribution which ought to help you track down the complete stories you desire.

Ene 9, 2012, 5:09pm

The 19th-century Struwwelpeter has many scary pictures (surprisingly for a children's book, but maybe not surprisingly as it was intended for moral instruction) but I can't recall if there are any involving animals.

Editado: Ene 9, 2012, 6:21pm

Not of animals animal but this picture by Czech artist Jiří Trnka is wonderfully creepy.:

"The Nightingale" from Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales

Editado: Ene 10, 2012, 12:17pm

You could sift through Arthur Rackham's illustrations at -- some of his pics can be a little nightmarish, but I can't think of any specifically animal ones, though there are bound to be some. Other artists on this site might be worth looking at too.

Ene 13, 2012, 2:19pm

OM Goodness urania1. Where on earth did you find that image. Please tell me that this has been used to illustrate this tale in an edition from the 1960's. Is it a copy you have. This is the image I remember that held me in thrall as a four year old who couldn't read. The book it was in I remember as heavy with white cloth bound cover.I asked so many questions about this picture that no-one could answer to my satisfaction. The book was eventually put away where I couldn't reach. I mentioned this picture in a blog I used to keep and I still trawl the net looking for a copy of the book I used to own. You have made my day sharing that image ...:D

Ene 27, 2012, 5:44am

Thanks for your help!