“In the Hall of the Mountain King” Reviewed as One of the Great Children’s Books for Advent, Christmas, and More!

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Iin the hall of the mountain king.jpgn the Hall of the Mountain King Adopted from Henrik Ibsen by Allison Flannery, illustrated by Vesper Stamper (with music by Edvard Grieg included on CD)  (Samizdat Press) $22.00  From a wonderful indie press comes this spectacularly cool project, a playful and modern book illustrating this classic symphony — with a CD enclosed!  Kids will love this classy, if slightly off-kilter adaptation, and will come to appreciate the music, and ponder the lessons of the play Peer Gynt, upon which it is based. Flannery is a music-loving, story-telling kindergarden music teacher from Colorado and Vesper Stamper, a graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design (and one half of the Ben + Vesper  indie rock duo) is a visual artist from Jersey City, NJ. Kudos to Samizdat for releasing such an interesting project, and going the extra mile to get the CD enclosed.”

–Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds Books

Read the full review of this and other “Great Children’s Books for Advent, Christmas, and More” here.

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