|A chapter illustration by Melssa Castrillon for the book 'The golden ages of folk & fairy tales' by Jack Zipes.|
Published in 2013 by Hackett Publishing.
Speaking of 'going underground', above is my son's favorite picture from Jack Zipes' The Golden Age of Folk & Fairy Tales. We both keep coming back to it, so much so that he often talks about what might be hidden from sight when we're out in nature.
We were reminded to look at it again just yesterday when he/we were playing the newly released, rebooted fantasy/fairy tale-ish video game King's Quest. Along with surprises underground, the bridge trolls are just awesome, there are dragons in caves full of weird old beds (Why not?) , archery skills to learn, and many, many puns an eight year old can laugh at. With Christopher Lloyd playing the aging knight-king narrating his adventure to his granddaughter and the surprisingly awesome addition of Princess Bride alum Wallace Shawn ("Inconceivable!") it's a fun adventure which is more true to heart than expected. (The illustration below, also by Melissa Castrillon, is right on theme for all these stories, and an especially good one for young boys to hear too, particularly in the context of making choices, which is what King's Quest is all about.) It's a pretty good way to wrap up some parent-kind end-of-summer playtime because these stories beget stories and I love that.
You can dig and dig and there are always more tales to discover. Perhaps instead of turtles all the way down, it's tales... ;)