Tuesday 20 February 2024

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf by Gavin Friday, based on original illustrations by Bono (Penguin Random House) HB RRP $32.99 ISBN 9780241667736

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Gavin Friday has reimagined the symphonic fairytale
Peter and the Wolf, originally written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.

Peter lives with his grandfather in a small cottage surrounded by a garden and a high stone wall. Beyond the wall is a meadow, and beyond the meadow is a dark forest. Peter’s grandfather is very protective of Peter and warns him not to go into the dangerous meadow. However, when Peter sees his animal friends are being stalked by a wolf, he sets out to help. He tries to catch the wolf but soon realises there is more than meets the eye.

The punk rock inspired illustrations have evolved from original artwork by U2’s lead singer, Bono. The illustrations have been created from a black and white palette, with splashes of brilliant red throughout.

This contemporary retelling of
Peter and the Wolf is suitable for an audience aged 8 years and older. It explores themes of love, loss, friendship, and courage and provides a great opportunity to enhance visual literacy skills.

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