Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs

Book - 2015
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Snow White loves her kind dwarf friends but there are 77 of them and they're loud, messy, and everywhere. Maybe a glass coffin isn't such a bad fate?
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781770497634
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Laborde-Barbanègre, Raphaëlle 1985-
Call Number: E CALI, D


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Feb 03, 2018

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs, by Davide Cali, should be removed from the library collection.

It may have been considered a cute book for adults, in the juvenile-book style, during some bygone era – perhaps the era of Edward Corey, when the macabre was viewed as sexy, and suicide was amusing. As a children’s book, however, it is truly horrible. For example:

• On the very first double-page illustration (Snow White standing in forest at night), we see Snow White depicted with a waist size about the same circumference as her elbow.
• The second illustration (77 names) the waist can be measured to be 1/12th (!) the width of her shoulders.
• The third illustration (Snow White hanging laundry) conveys a strong impression that Snow White wears a push-up bra.
• Every illustration of Snow White has a carefully drawn vertical line to convey breast cleavage.
• Snow White’s sole purpose in the book is to do the chores for 77 men: “First came the laundry. Then there was beard maintenance.” Then there was serving breakfast, packing lunches, preparing dinner, washing dishes. She is subjected to complaints in the dinner scene, and when she asks for help in the kitchen all the male characters disappear.
• Exhausted, Snow White decides to leave, and take her chances with the witch. When asked if she would like a “nice poisoned apple, young girl”, she responds, “I’ll take two!”

This book is a disgraceful example of stereotypes and wildly unrealistic expectations regarding body-image. It is also disgusting in its overt message that the sole role of young girls – or any female – is to serve men by cleaning up after them and that if they cannot do that, then they should just kill themselves.

This book is housed at the Saratoga branch of the county library. Please, librarians, do the right thing and remove this book from our collection. Our children – girls AND boys – do not need this kind of example!

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

Fractured fairy tale. Good for Snow White! Take that, dwarfs! ;)

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Sep 11, 2015

This made me laugh out loud multiple times while reading it--I won't spoil the ending, but will just say that the entire book is one that parents will enjoy just as much as (or, more likely, more than) their kids. Some of the humor of the book is lost on a younger audience, but adults will find lots to make them laugh, and the artwork is enough to keep kids' interest while parents are laughing at the--sincerely hilarious--conclusion.

This is a bizarre take on Snow White that older picture book lovers will enjoy. This story imagines Snow White having to take care of 77 dwarves to predictably frustrating and hilarious results. Snow White has some killer facial expressions and ending is particularly silly. Highly recommended!

forbesrachel Jun 11, 2015

Taking care of 7 men is hard enough, but 77...impossible. Snow White and the 77 Dwarves begins just like the versions we all know, with a young woman running for her life and being taken in by some kindly men. In this case though, she is greeted by a sea of colours, and 77 names. These terrible little hosts pile their time-consuming chores on Snow, and like young boys they refuse to help and show no appreciation. Snow does her best, but she becomes more haggard each day, and she's had enough. She'll take her chances with the witch. Many a mother will sympathize with Snow's plight and get a laugh out of the twist at the end. Snow becoming an indentured servant aside, the story and style are quite amusing. Every page is a rainbow of colours, sometimes featuring certain hues to set the mood. Whenever possible the artist does in fact draw 77 dwarves, a feat to be applauded, and there is enough variation among them to make it worth looking at the whole spread. A stand-out title even among fractured fairy tales.


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