Joseph the Dream Teller ¦ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Our cover this issue was created from the endpapers of the Blue Book and the Yellow Book of Hob Stories to be published by Walker Books later this year. Hob made his first appearance last year in the Red and Green Books of Stories about him by William Mayne. Patrick Benson who did the illustrations has just won the Mother Goose Award. For more details see Ed's Page (opposite) and the report of the Mother Goose Award (page 10). We are most grateful to Walker Books for help in using these illustrations.
Joseph the Dream Teller
Illustrated by Chris Molan
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
The first is another is a series which received an extended review (BfK September '83) Storr's writing is spare and her narrative catches some of the magic involved in the retelling of Joseph's dreams. Molan's pictures are the Bible Hollywood-style: there were opportunities to convey the numinous nature of the story, but these are missed.
Kids may enjoy comparing a very different way of telling the same story. The Picture Puffin contains a large part of the libretto of the oft-performed show. Many of the words seem trite without the jaunty music, though I can see some R.E. lessons being livened up by this one. Blake adds sparkle to what could be mundane material: there's social comment in the very contemporary Eastern dignitaries who are Potiphar and his spouse.