The illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline
in this adapation of Hans Christian Andersen's
Thumbelina were just beautiful, which is really what made this adaptation by Brian Alderson
special, I think. The story itself seemed a little choppy, or flat, perhaps, although I'm not really familiar with the story of Thumbelina, so I don't know what this particular version was lacking. I just didn't think there was anything truly special about the way the words came together in this rendition. The illustrations, though, told the story beautifully, probably better than the text did. In fact, it was the gorgeous cover illustration that caught my eye and caused me to pull this book off the library shelf in the first place. They make this book worth a read, or at least worth a viewing.