Books by Hans Christian Andersen

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 >
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 14, 2011

Pretty, idyllic country scenes across which touch- or tilt-sensitive figures glide give this unabridged version of the tale a cozy, slightly antique look.

Though still a bit long and deliberately paced for modern audiences with short attention spans, Andrew Lang's century-old rendition of the Andersen fable is at least less bedizened with precious verbiage than the Danish original and its many more exact translations. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Other than dropping most of Andersen's coy asides, Waters leaves the text more or less intact. 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)

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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

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 (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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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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 >