Wizard's Pet Tarot (self-published, 2014) is clearly a Rider Waite Smith clone. However, it is a very fine one. There is so much to like about this deck, I hardly know where to begin!
card stock is lovely, with a lavish, material feel to it. The cards
themselves are playing card size, extremely easy to shuffle, and
perfect for children, too. The backs are reversible, with an outer blue border, a green knotwork border with purple inlay,
and a central yellow/green/red knotwork tree image. The card fronts are borderless and all the
colours are rich and deep, without being CGI flat. The set also comes
in a sturdy box, with both a companion book and a colouring book :D
to the cards, many of the Majors and all of the Courts have dragons on
them, as illustrated here. In the Devil, a yellow girl dragon with a
pink bow and a red boy dragon with flames dancing behind him are held
captive by the reverse-pentacle crowned Devil. Their chains, as ever,
As for the Queen of Swords, I especially like the
medusa-type figure on her throne, present but less obvious on the RWS
version. As for her painted red lips, they make me laugh, that bit of
feminine vanity in a woman otherwise so clear-thinking and speaking.
I didn't draw a Knight, I had to mention them. They all ride toy
steeds of one kind or another: a rocking horse (Swords), a horse with wheels (Pentacles), a
broomhead horse on a wand (Wands) and a horse-headed swim ring (Cups, of course!) These are just so much fun, they are some of my favourite cards in the whole deck :D
The Three of Swords has an interesting liquid
effect where the swords enter the heart, and cute, sad-faced clouds. I also love the clouds in the Two of Swords, where there is a bat shape forming a mouth and two little eyes, for a bit of spookiness.
RWS, but with that touch of playful whimsy...
I also really like
that there is some cultural diversity shown. While many of the
humanoid figures have pointy elf ears, these elves seem like a cultural melting pot. There are all kinds of skin tones, hair styles and facial features, suggestive of, at least, Native American, Indian subcontinent, Asian, Rom, Mexican and African descent.
Altogether, this is a vibrant, fun, extremely readable deck that would be highly appropriate for children of any age!