Good Griselle by Jane Yolen

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The cathedral's mistrustful gargoyles convince the angels to test Griselle, a gentle lacemaker, by sending her an ugly, mean boy to care for.
 

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Published December 1, 1994 by Harcourt Childrens Books (J).
Genres: Children's Books.

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In old Paris, a wager is placed between stone angels standing tall on a cathedral wall and stone gargoyles squatting precariously on cathedral ledges.

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Set to a lilting bedtime beat, this rollicking rumpus of a tale ups the humor ante in a familiar scenario by substituting dinosaurs for children: ""How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?"" In a series of snappy lines, Yolen (Off We Go!, reviewed above;

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Part impressionist, part Arthur Rackham, wholly original, rendered largely in shades of gray but with an occasional touch of color, the illustrations reveal a world where crouching gargoyles hint of dark purposes and the shadowed and oblique are infinitely more intriguing than the overt.

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