Books by Hans Christian Andersen

TALES FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Alas, this one isn't a swan after all. (author's note) (Fairy tales. 7-10)
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There are good reasons some of Andersen's tales have gone out of vogue. Read full book review >
MY FAIRY-TALE LIFE by Hans Christian Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2014

"Dickensian in boyhood, Gatsby-esque later on, self-congratulatory throughout."
A new translation of the midcareer memoir by the writer who wrote "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling" and myriads of other fictional and dramatic writings lesser-known outside his native Denmark. Read full book review >
THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A deep subtext of love and loss, childhood and awakening, power and trust resonate through these pages at least as strongly as the magnificent images. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-12)"
One of the great illustrators of our time takes on one of the knottier Andersen fairy tales, producing a gorgeous and winning result. Read full book review >
SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"A solid adaptation, with a girl for a hero. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
Sumptuously illustrated and enriched with some clever effects, this slightly dark tale should engage lovers of fairy tales as well as those looking for a good story. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 20, 2012

"Proof positive that not every ugly hatchling is a swan. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A stripped-down version of the classic tale that is all about its gimmick: An action is required on each screen in order to advance to the next. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC GALOSHES by Hans Christian Andersen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Klutzy translation aside, most of Andersen's literary flourishes are left intact, and they are nicely complemented by both the visuals and the interactive elements. (iPad storybook app. 8-11)"
A lightly abridged, lushly illustrated version of Andersen's satirical tale, with diversions aplenty for tap-happy audiences and a text in serious need of further copy editing. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: June 1, 2012

"A rendering to bring a smile or possibly a giggle. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This unadorned translation of Andersen's whimsical tale comes from a German edition of 2007. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: June 1, 2012

"A good 'starter' version, though younger children may need some prodding to see how silly the whole premise is. (Pop-up/fairy tale. 6-9)"
The ever-popular (and controversial) "princess" test gets a handsome retelling amid a series of large-scale tableaux. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"As the opening line says, 'This story happened long, long ago, but that is all the more reason for telling it again, lest it be forgotten. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
A fresh version of Andersen's tender tale is illustrated with delicate watercolors. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen, developed by XIMAD, retold by Andrew Lang, illustrated by Rimma Zainagova
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 14, 2011

"Well suited for a sustained read-aloud, it is neither stiffly formal nor as mannered or cartoony as the flock of other online editions. A mention of the author and translator somewhere would have been nice, though. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Pretty, idyllic country scenes across which touch- or tilt-sensitive figures glide give this unabridged version of the tale a cozy, slightly antique look. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
Kirkus Star
by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, translated by Anthea Bell, developed by Auryn Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Children accustomed to Disney blandness will find this quiet, subtle app a welcome introduction to a more sophisticated aesthetic. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
Andersen's classic text is paired to Zwerger's elegant, subdued illustrations and animated with graceful restraint. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 23, 2010

"It's a beautiful little virtual book collection. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad, this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A cozily satisfying rendition of the classic. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Pint-sized Thumbelina faces danger and despair as she searches for true love. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The unnamed translator has edited out the most violent verbal and physical abuse found in the original, making a place for it in collections for younger picture-book readers yet losing the story's raw spark. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A gentler, milder version of Andersen's classic tale of the misunderstood cygnet, inexplicably despised for his comparatively large size and definite lack of yellow but not for any real ugliness. Read full book review >
THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Birmingham's paintings, snow- or sun-dappled according to the scene, have a Turner-esque quality that complements the period, presenting round-cheeked children and a soullessly beautiful Snow Queen in both intimate vignettes and expansive double-page spreads. (Illustrated fairy tale. 7-12)"
Andersen's lengthy, sentimental fairy tale receives respectful treatment in this handsome new edition, which hews closely to the original story. Read full book review >
THE SWINEHERD by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An amusing reversal of the usual prince-in-disguise story. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Andersen and Zwerger's Swineherd enchants with an uncharacteristically (for him) funny resolution, courtesy of Bell's graceful translation, and her characteristically ethereal illustrations. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA, TINY RUNAWAY BRIDE by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2008

"Crisp silhouettes appear as spot illustrations and hand-lettered diary entries alternate with the conventional text throughout, lending an air of timelessness. (Fiction. 7-10)"
It all begins when a young woman decides she wants a baby enough to visit a witch. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA OF TOULABA by Hans Christian Andersen
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A note includes information on animals that appear in the story. (Fairy tale. 6-10)"
Born of a miniscule grain of millet and a mother's wish, tiny, dark-skinned and beautiful Thumbelina is kidnapped by an unpleasant iguana that sees her as a prospective daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A good choice for a gift, or to showcase the author's always surprising versatility. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Leffler's small, delicately drawn and colored figures—part collage, and mostly of fairies or distant, elegantly posed people—add graceful visual notes to every spread of a collection that resembles many others, but does mix some less familiar tales in with the usual chestnuts. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2007

"By thus exoticizing the rejected princesses, the tale does an enormous disservice to readers and continent alike. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
This simplified retelling of Andersen's classic fairy tale is relocated from Europe to Africa, bright collages evoking the many hues of the continent. Read full book review >
THE TINDERBOX by Hans Christian Andersen
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Handsome and engrossing. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Mitchell and Ibatoulline, after Andersen's The Nightingale, adapt another of the Danish master's tales. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Young readers will find themselves challenged by these highly unconventional images, which will in turn help them to challenge their understanding of a highly conventional tale. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6+)"
The familiar tale is paired with startling modernist illustrations that strip the sentimentality so often associated with it in favor of a more purely intellectual response. Read full book review >
TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Lovely. (All ages)"
Hans Christian Andersen wrote more than 160 stories, 13 of which are retold by critic Lewis and revitalized with Stewart's winsome, quirky illustrations in this hefty, beautiful collection. Read full book review >
FOR SURE! FOR SURE! by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Czernecki's bold and vividly colored graphics are definitely attention-grabbing, but not enough so to redeem the retelling. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
The hens who overhear a chicken's innocent remark about losing a feather—and then pass the information on from one bird to another—do not recognize their own tale as, in true "telephone" fashion, it evolves into a story about how five lovesick hens killed themselves by plucking out all of their feathers and then pecking each other. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"And even though her eye makeup looks like it was laid on with a trowel, the preciousness that tends to infect other renditions of the tale is less evident in this readable adaptation. (Picture book/fairy tale. 8-10)"
Minor details and most of Andersen's literary flourishes have been cut out of this shortened version, but the essential plot is intact. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Exquisite bookmaking and Pinkney at his finest. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-10)"
Pinkney's (Goin' Someplace Special, 2001, etc.) gouache and watercolor illustrations have the stained radiance of sunlight through glass; even his figures appear lit from within. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 2000

"It's not the first picture book rendition of the tale—by a long shot—but it is one of the most handsome and readable ones. (Picture book. 9-12)"
Elaborate, richly detailed illustrations give this "Nightingale" a stately air; the Emperor's porcelain palace is thick with ornaments and architectural frills, his gardens with solid masses of exotic flora, and most scenes are viewed through a bluish light that gives them a "willow plate" look. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fittingly, because this is a story about clothes, Archipowa has expended much energy on the finery worn by the characters in the story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)"
The Emperor's New Clothes (28 pp.; $15.95; Feb.; 1-56397-699-4): This is not so much a new edition of Andersen's classic as it is an opportunity for Archipowa to demonstrate her skill with watercolors. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Thumbelina's one claim to fame is her beauty, which readers are never allowed to forget, and Graston's illustrations, technically impressive, fail to give the tale even a breath of fresh air. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Thumbelina (32 pp.; $16.95; Oct.; 0-385-32251-8): Graston brings new illustrations to Haugaard's 1974 translation, but neither new art nor old text holds up to contemporary scrutiny. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The translation is fine and sure, and Barrett's artwork is splendid, full of lively vignettes and early-20th-century details, complete with a company of wise dogs and the impeccably expressive faces of bystanders. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
From Lewis (The Steadfast Tin Soldier, 1992, etc.), a plucky new treatment of the familiar tale. Read full book review >
THE SWAN'S STORIES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Riddell's charmingly appropriate full-color illustrations and black-and-white spot drawings, as well as the meticulous and graceful layout, make the book a welcome addition to any shelf- -but getting children to read it is an entirely different matter. (glossary) (Fiction/folklore. 7-11)"
Alderson (The Brothers Grimm, p. 299, etc.) translates 12 stories, some of which he previously published (e.g., in his edition of Andrew Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book, 1980, etc.). ``The Steadfast Tin Soldier'' and ``The Fir Tree'' are here, but so are stories about the lives of other inanimate objects: darning needle, collar, porcelain toys. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"For Philip's phrasing and presentation, this is a worthy volume; young listeners won't mind the pictures, and older readers will be too engrossed in the stories themselves to notice. (Fiction. 5+)"
Some of Andersen's best-loved tales, perceptively introduced by Philip (The Snow Queen, 1989), who treats them as high literature, never forcing them into ready-made formulas. Read full book review >
THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"In this tale, presented here by a gifted team, the real becomes poetry and the unreal seems utterly believable. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
There are many reasons Andersen is one of the great masters of the fairy tale, and they're all evident in this retelling by newcomer Peachey. Read full book review >
TWELVE TALES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"They were written to haunt us and undoubtedly, one way or another, they always will. (Folklore. 8-12)"
This collection is intelligently translated by a Dane whose grandfather once saw Andersen in the street. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1994

"Not essential, but not a travesty; the appeal of the elegant illustrations is a good match for a text which, even though abridged, preserves Andersen's inimitable flavor. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in handsome format with dramatic woodcuts enhanced with watercolors in muted hues, a ``retelling'' that frequently echoes the well-regarded Keigwin translation. Read full book review >
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN FAIRY TALES by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Otherwise, a handsome, intelligently planned volume with lovely illustrations. (Fiction. 6+)"
An Andersen medalist whose distinguished work includes picture-book editions of individual Andersen tales (Thumbeline, 1985) selects eight stories for a collection intended to ``echo that grand tradition where the literature itself takes center stage, and the master illustrator presents only a picture or two to light up the reader's imagination.'' By and large, this elegantly tall (13´'') volume achieves that aim. Read full book review >
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Beautifully set in a wintry city of a hundred years ago (presumably Copenhagen): a handsomely designed book that respects the integrity of a favorite tale while giving it a fresh new interpretation. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A graceful, slightly abbreviated retelling that nicely captures Andersen's characteristic understated tone. Read full book review >
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Very nice indeed. (Picture book. 5+)"
An excellent translation, attractively set in generously large format with outstanding illustrations. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not the only edition to have, of course, but good fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The simple retelling of this brief favorite adheres closely to the original, but most of the fun here is in Stevenson's exuberant illustrations of her rabbit royalty. Read full book review >
THE SWINEHERD by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

Distressed by this classic's uncompromising conclusion, Hahn sets it in an appealing frame: Andersen himself tells it to a group of young friends (most of whom are pigs), who act it out in the illustrations—which also contain amusing additional dialogue—as he goes along. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 28, 1991

"(Picture book. 5-10)"
A smooth, fairly complete retelling, bland in comparison to fine old translations like Keigwin's, but more accessible; in a luxurious editon with carefully structured stylized art in which the creatures are an imaginative blend of realistic, satirical, and fantastic and the dreamlike settings are intriguingly tactile. Read full book review >
ERIC CARLE'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC STORIES by Hans Christian Andersen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"Not a primary purchase, but a fair additional one."
Twenty-two folk and fairy tales assembled from the author-illustrator's previous collections from Aesop (11), Andersen (7), and Grimm (4), which are all currently out of print, with emphasis on less familiar stories. Read full book review >