Sarah's Stars

Alfred Noyes. The Highwayman.
Illustrated by Murray Kimber
KCP Poetry  $18.95  ISBN 1-55337-425-8  46 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 15

A timeless tale of romance and danger, The Highwayman is a beautiful story, captured in poetry. Originally published in 1907, this work of Alfred Noyes was his most famous. Throughout the years it has been redone, yet always remained the same, the illustrations similar. However, in the KCP Visions in Poetry series, illustrator Murray Kimber has put a completely new spin on the epic tale. Instead of matching his art to the authorís words, each scene a replica of one undoubtedly painted before, he tells another story, the same but in a completely different era.

This new presentation behind the admirable writing of Noyes is definitely worth reading. I think that the new pictures may help younger readers better understand and be able to put the story into their own world, to see it happening nowadays. The illustrations are wonderfully done; itís hard to read for wanting to look at the pictures. As for the story, I cannot see why anyone wouldnít enjoy this one.

The Highwayman, definitely a five star effort by illustrator Murray Kimber.


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