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A Selection of Comments from Reviewers                                                                 

NOAH AND THE DEVIL (Clarion, 2001) 

Philip provides extensive source notes for various aspects of his tale. This book will interest those searching for variants of the familiar Noah story, but even readers unfamiliar with Genesis can enjoy the twists and turns of this account. - School Library Journal

A BRAID OF LIVES(Clarion, 2000)

A complex and beautiful portrait of Native American life. It is no exaggeration to say that A Braid of Lives is a work of genius, for it is a collation of comic, sad, straightforward, surprising, and honest words and images, a truer portrait of Native American life than one is likely to find in any well-intentioned textbook. - The Boston Sunday Globe
This is a book with a sacred feel about it, stunning quietly with its directness. - The Midwest Book Review

WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR (Clarion, 1998)

A highly commendable and very moving treatment of a perennial, tragic theme. - Report of the International Youth Library
The book makes vivid humankinds innate darkness and makes war painful again. - Kirkus Reviews

STOCKINGS OF BUTTERMILK (Clarion, 1999)
What really makes this a remarkable collection are the appended author?s notes and extensive suggestions for further reading. - The Horn Book
Watch storytellers and other students of American folklore in search of fresh material fall on it with glad cries. - Booklist
A charmingly illustrated and thoughtfully annotated collection?Ķ excellent for reading aloud. - New York Times


FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM (Viking, 1997)
A lovely edition of the tales that hearkens back to the stories roots in oral telling and wordplay. - Kirkus Reviews
It might be wise to jettison a well-loved and well-worn copy of the Grimms tales and replace it with this one. It is sure to spark the interest and enthusiasm of a new generation of folk and fairy-tale afficionados. - School Library Journal

AMERICAN FAIRY TALES (Hyperion, 1996)
This collection will serve as a fine resource for American literary study and as a springboard for further exploration. - The Horn Book
Making it widely available may well be a patriotic duty. - Bulletin of the Center for Children?s Books.

THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF FAIRY TALES (Dorling Kindersley, 1997)
The Illustrated Book of Fairy Tales, again retold by Neil Philip, also shows his quality. His expert Preface abounds with facts, and rouses us with ideas and promises?Ķ a treat. - The Daily Telegraph
One of those rare children?s books to treasure for life. - Manchester Evening News

CELTIC FAIRY TALES (Viking, 1999; Little, Brown UK, 1999)
This is a wonderful selection of stories. - Cumbria News and Star

FAIRY TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (Viking, 1995)
Philip has done an exemplary job in selection and translation. - School Library Journal
Retold by Philip with immediacy and romance. - Booklist

THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF MYTHS (Dorling Kindersley, 1995)
Should become an obligatory library, school and family reference book. - The Times Educational Supplement

ODIN?S FAMILY (Orchard, 1996)
The rough-hewn power of Norse mythology is vividly brought to life through Philip?s retellings. Philip?s versions are straightforward in tone, yet retain an air of wonder. While they can be read as exciting adventures, they never lose the element of sacredness inherent in mythology?Ķ. readers who find Philip?s collection may leave it with a greater understanding of the culture that produced such amazing myths. - School Library Journal

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS (Orchard, 1996)
A compact exciting version of The Odyssey concentrating many of its most memorable incidents into short, vivid paragraphs. This is artistry. - The Times Educational Supplement
Very atmospheric. A very strong version. - BBC Radio 4 Kaleidoscope

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS (Orchard, 1994)
Philip leaps into an energetic, colorful narrative, a patchwork of adventure and magic which telegraphs an exuberant love of storytelling. - Publishers Weekly

THE TALE OF SIR GAWAIN (Lutterworth, 1987)
This could count among the best Arthurian retellings of our time, and not only for the young. Neil Philip knows his folklore; this is an exceptional book, immediate, accessible, yet with the right mysterious echoes. - The Observer
I had not thought it possible for anyone to give a fresh twist to [this] story. It is a measure of his achievement that Neil Philip can do so. - The Times Educational Supplement
The author has reconciled various stories and fashioned a narrative that reads like a novel. - The Horn Book
Neil Philip?s beautiful and moving retellings of the Arthurian legends make a number of separate incidents into a coherent and consecutive whole. - Children?s Books of the Year, 1988

THE CINDERELLA STORY (Penguin, 1989)
Neil Philip?s collection is concerned with only one tale, probably the most familiar to us all, in many of its traditional ramifications, linked by informative commentary and exegesis. - The Tim
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The much-respected English folklorist Neil Philip takes us behind the glitzy fa?ade, back down the ages to the Chinese story of Yeh-hsien in the 9th century. An enlightening demonstration of the way in which stories live and breathe within the cultures that create them. - The Times Educational Supplement

A FINE ANGER: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK OF ALAN GARNER (Collins, 1981; Philomel, 1982)
A stimulating book ? perceptive and well-argued ? that sets a new standard for critical writing about contemporary children?s literature. Above all, Philip is at home in the mythological and folkloric thicket that underlies all Garner?s earlier work; he illuminates a welter of allusion to Germanic and Celtic sources with enviable dexterity. - The New Statesman
Philip writes with the most subtle understanding. - The Times Educational Supplement
Truly illuminating. - The Times
It differs from a lot of academic writing in being finally rather difficult to put down. - Signal

SINGING AMERICA: POEMS THAT DEFINE A NATION (Viking, 1995)
An astounding array of poems about the American identity. - Kirkus Reviews

A NEW TREASURY OF POETRY (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1991)
Among the great anthologies for the young. - The Times

THE NEW OXFORD BOOK OF CHILDREN?S VERSE (OUP, 1996)
I can think of no more irresistible literary cornerstone for a family than The New Oxford Book of Children?s Verse. - Boston Sunday Globe
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