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Pride and Prejudice Unfolded is one of a series of Classics Unfolded “books” concisely retold and beautifully illustrated, in this case, by Becca Stadtlander. The book simplifies the story, with key quotes, brief summaries, listing of characters, and more. Here, Pride and Prejudice is reduced to 14 panels of 39″ x 9″ cardstock poster, folded in accordion (or concertina) fashion, and enclosed in a thin and lovely case. Each panel has a striking, full-color, illustration, rendered in gouache and pen.

The illustrations are charming, and I found the text, however brief, descriptive and moving, especially when echoed with such lovely illustrations, as Elizabeth learns to overcome her pride, while Mr. Darcy regrets his initial prejudice toward the less fortunate Bennet family. It is all well-made, printed in very high quality, with the case featuring glossy highlights. It would make a lovely gift, for children or anyone who loves the book, and may be used as a picture book or as home decor.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unfolded is one of a series of Classics Unfolded “books” concisely retold and beautifully illustrated by Becca Stadtlander and Yelena Brysenkova, who are friends IRL. Each is illustrated in a similarly charming folk-art/modern-handmade style, with gorgeous colors and rich embellishment. The artists did truly wonderful work. One is reminded of elaborately illustrated manuscripts, yet this concept couldn’t be more modern. Here, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is reduced to 14 panels of 39″ x 9″ cardstock poster, folded in accordion (or concertina) fashion, and enclosed in a thin and lovely case. It is all well-made, printed in very high quality, with the case featuring glossy highlights. It would make a lovely gift. The “book” may be easily carried about, read and enjoyed as an all-ages picture book, or (as I have done) simply spread and stood across a mantle-piece, dresser or console table.

The book reduces the complex stories ingeniously, with an eye toward engaging people unfamiliar with the story, or perhaps helping one relive a long-time favorite. Each panel has a striking, full-color, pen and gouache painting, with a signature quotation from the scene, and explanation below. I love them as decor, and as a pleasant reminder of one of my favorite stories, and I’ve noticed my children returning to re-read and -examine each beautiful panel again and again. I hope there are many more in the series to come!


One of the world’s most beloved stories about children (not necessarily a “children’s story”), The Secret Garden, is illuminated in this charming, and well-made, accordian-style picture book, The Secret Garden Unfolded. This is actually one of a series of Classics Unfolded “books” concisely retold and beautifully illustrated by Becca Stadtlander and Yelena Brysenkova. In this case, The Secret Garden is condensed to 14 panels of 39″ x 9″ cardstock poster, folded in accordion (or concertina) fashion, and enclosed in a thin and lovely case.

It can be read as a book, unfolded to see the arc of the story and its characters, or displayed as a charming decoration. Each panel has a striking, full-color, pen and gouache painting, with a signature quotation from the scene, and explanation below. I found the text, however brief, descriptive, and moving, especially when echoed with such lovely illustrations, as Mary, Colin — and Mr. Craven — learn about the death and rebirth of nature’s flowering, in youth reborn. Lovely!


Romeo and Juliet is retold in this picture “book” in succinct and charming fashion. Painted in a lovely folk-art style by Yelena Brysenkova, the famous story of woe is retold, of fair Juliet and her dear Romeo. Intended for fans of Shakespeare’s play and children or all ages, the book features 14 panels each, all painted on 39-inch by 9-inch cardstock, folded accordian-style, in a nice, thin case. Each panel includes a summary, and a famous quote, along with each painting. It works as a book, or as home decor, unfolded and displayed across a mantle-piece, dresser, or console table.