Duffy and the Devil: A Cornish Tale

Harve Zemach (Author) Margot Zemach (Illustrator)

Product Details

Square Fish
Publish Date
December 01, 1986
8.4 X 0.13 X 10.52 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Margot Zemach (1931-89) was born in Los Angeles, California. She began illustrating stories by her husband, Harve, in 1959, and their subsequent collaborations led to many enduring children's books, including The Judge: An Untrue Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book; A Penny a Look, an ALA Notable Book; and Duffy and the Devil, recipient of the Caldecott Medal.


"'The devil can make Squire Lovel's stockings for all I care!' cries Duffy the servant girl in this comical Cornish version of Rumpelstiltskin--and that of course is just what he does, with the well-known proviso that 'at the end of three years I'll take you away--unless you can tell me my name!' Trust the Zemachs to surprise us, though, with a whole new set of circumstances and an ending that is sure to set off bursts of laughter as soon as the last page is turned. And trust the artist to be both gratifyingly herself and newly inventive, surpassing our expectations with her delicately festive tones, her carousing coven of plump, frowsy witches, and her scampering sly devil." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Thanks to both author and artist the tale has gusto, richness, and class that place it far above the picture-book crowd." --the New York Times Book Review

"Margot Zemach draws like an intoxicated angel. The lovely color washes in these pages tumble after each other, bursting with all the vitality and humor the writing contains." --New York