This adaptation of a Chinese folktale begins with a man's dissatisfaction with his life. Weary of being a stonecutter, he becomes many things in his quest for authority, each time finding that greater power lies elsewhere. Rooted in Taoist principles, Stonecutter is a story about the nature of power and the value of accepting who you are. Originally published in a limited, fine art edition and long out of print, this is one of Jon J Muth's most heartfelt and exquisite works, and a book he entrusted to Feiwel and Friends to reach a wide new audience.
About the Author
JON J MUTH has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, "Zen Shorts," which "Kirkus" proclaimed, "As perfect a picture as can be"; and "The Three Questions," which the "New York Times Book Review" called "quietly life-changing." His newest book, "Zen Ties," debuted this spring and immediately landed on the "New York Times" bestseller list. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children. JOHN KURAMOTO has collaborated on the text for many comic books and graphic novels, including "The Crow." He lives in New York State.
Praise for Jon J Muth:
“Moral without being moralistic, the tale sends a simple and direct message unfreighted by pomp or pedantry. Muth’s art is as carefully distilled as his prose. A series of misty, evocative watercolors in muted tones suggests the figures and their changing relationships to the landscape.”—Publishers Weekly, review of The Three Questions
“. . . Both an accessible, strikingly illustrated story and a thought-provoking meditation. Here Muth incorporates short Buddhist tales. . . . the peaceful, uncluttered pictures, like the story itself, will encourage children to dream and fill in their own answers.”—Booklist, starred review of Zen Shorts