question - scary illlustrations (of animals) in fairy tales

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question - scary illlustrations (of animals) in fairy tales

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jan 9, 2012, 4:41 am

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.

jan 9, 2012, 11:01 am

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?

Redigeret: jan 10, 2012, 9:50 am

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.

jan 9, 2012, 5:09 pm

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.

Redigeret: jan 9, 2012, 6:21 pm

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

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

Redigeret: jan 10, 2012, 12:17 pm

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.

jan 13, 2012, 2:19 pm

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

jan 27, 2012, 5:44 am

Thanks for your help!