Peter and the Wolf by Victor Ambrus

I love Peter and the Wolf.  We used to have a recording of it with the narration in German.   Even now, the music evokes the German phrases: “Der Große, Graue WOLF! Ta Daaaaaaaaaa!” wolfbit

Victor Ambrus’s illustrations are fabulous.  They remind me rather of  Adelchi Galloni.  Rough and lively, but delicate too.

Here is Peter:


And his grumpy Grandfather:


The little bird:


And I just love the cat.  He looks like such a bad lot.


He  gets into all kinds of scrapes, and quite loses his dignity:


And of course, the beloved Duck.


And the Duck is running from this rascally fellow:  The Wolf Himself.  With a gold earring, no less.


But as you no doubt know, the Wolf comes to a Bad End:


Although in this version, we are given an alternative ending.  An operation takes place to save the Duck:


And Mr Wolf escapes to Outer Siberia, even before his stitches have been removed:


How did he survive that operation, you ask?  Well now.  Have a close look at his drip:


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pavinee
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 09:27:15


    I love this style 🙂 The cat looks like the grinning Chesshire cat in Alice in Wonderland, except that this one a bit thinner.

  2. mashadutoit
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 12:32:02

    He does ! 🙂

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