Zelinsky chose to paint the pictures for Rumpelstiltskin
in a Renaissance
style, using oil paints over watercolor underpaintings. The effect is something
like the genuine Renaissance
technique of applying colored oil glazes over a black and white tempera painting.
Paul Zelinsky's Rumpelstiltskin has enjoyed worldwide
attention. It has been translated into at least twelve languages,
from Faroese to Korean to Zulu.
Naming Rumpelstiltskin as one of its Ten Best Picturebooks
of the year, Redbook said "Beautiful pictures capture the lushness
and light of this tale's
the expressive faces of the characters make this a spellbinding
treatment of a well-loved story."
BCCB said, "Zelinsky has caught the human
complexity represented in fairy tales and layered it visually
into an absorbing book."
In addition to winning a 1987 Caldecott
has received numerous other
awards and honors, among them the Redbook Award,
of Illustrators and AIGA Certificates of Merit, Bratislava Biennale
Selection, ALA Notable Book, SLJ Best Book, Parents' Choice Award,
Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and White Raven Book selection
of the International Youth Library.
It was a main feature on the television program Reading Rainbow
and is also available on videotape as an SRA