Sunday, February 17, 2008
Of Barbers and Ghosts
A generous barber, an angry wife, and a fearful ghost form the ingredients for this funny, whimsical story from Bengal, retold by noted storytellers Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. Last year, I was invited to read this story in manuscript form, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Martha and Mitch use simple prose and quick turns of story, and the illustrations by Kristen Balouch, with their large flat blocks of color and strategically slanted perspective, convey a world completely suited to these characters, both ghostly and human. From August House.