Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Review: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving

Ah, the classic Halloween tale featuring Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.  I was familiar with the story and I'm sure I've seen one or two film adaptations, but I hadn't actually read it until now.  Actually, it was for the #FrightFall Readathon because the one requirement was to read one scary book.

It all takes place in a tiny town called Sleepy Hollow, New York.  Ichabod Crane is this strange school teacher who is fascinated by the superstitious tales and legends that are plentiful in this area.  As it goes, Ichabod is trying to woo a certain rich girl (and he's not the only one).  One night, after leaving a party at the girl's mansion...  it seems Ichabod is chased by the famed Headless Horseman and is never seen again.

This is a much shorter story than I thought, and I kind of wished it were longer.  There was so much build up and back story that the actual event with the Headless Horseman seems like its over in as second!  While it was a creepy moment, I didn't feel as scared as I expected (though perhaps if I didn't already kind of know the story.... or if I read it when it was first published I may feel different).

Ichabod Crane as illustrated in the book.
I did like the edition I read though as it was illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher.  The ink on board illustrations were awesome!  They are kind of the iconic black and white images that you might already associate with this story.

Even though I thought it would be scarier, I am glad I finally read this classic tale!

*****
The Legend of Sleepy Hallow
by Washington Irving
Franklin Watts, 1966.  First Published 1820.
64 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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