by Matthue Roth

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

In a 2011 interview with The Guardian, Maurice Sendak said "I refuse to lie to children." Were he alive today, Sendak would be very pleased with Matthue Rothm and Rohan Daniel Eason's retelling of three Kafka tales. The black and white illustrations are stylized geometric patterns and Art Deco motifs akin to Gorey. I especially like the small vignettes that appear on the lower left pages throughout The Metamorphosis. Each story pivots around a crisis - loneliness, identity, and death - which existential philosophers believe afflict everyone, including children. I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear middle school kids discuss this book but like Gregor, I'd be afraid one of them would swat me.

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