Books by Lisbeth Zwerger

THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
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 >
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 >
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Lisbeth Zwerger
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2007

"A happy ending for all. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)"
Zwerger's illustrations for this favorite Grimm Brothers' tale make new the story of the geriatric animal quartet setting out for Bremen to join the town band. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE BIBLE by Lisbeth Zwerger
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Classic Zwerger. (index of verses) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The brilliant Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, illustrator of many classic tales, presents her vision of some of the most familiar of Bible stories. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Heinz Janisch
adapted by Heinz Janisch, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Eccentric, if not cohesive, and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 This unusual telling of a familiar story begins lyrically: ``It came to pass in the days when giants strode the earth and were heroes among men, God saw that His people had grown wicked. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Actually, her paintings lead readers gracefully into the pages, to be surprised and entertained by the story they only think they know from the movie. (Fiction. 7-11)"
 Zwerger (illustrator of Theodor Storm's Little Hobbin, 1995, etc.) creates characters who may, if not erase the MGM cast from the collective conscious of US readers, make them share some space therein. Read full book review >
LITTLE HOBBIN by Theodor Storm
by Theodor Storm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Zwerger's masterful, delicate watercolors give the tale just the right measure of dreamy suspense in a 19th-century setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Little Hobbin loves to be pushed around the room in his crib on wheels. ``More, more,'' he commands his mother until she falls in bed exhausted. Read full book review >
CHRISTIAN MORGENSTERN: LULLABIES, LYRICS AND GALLOWS SONGS by Christian Morgenstern
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"Gallows Songs'' portion—on Roald Dahl fans. (Poetry. 10-14)"
 Deliberately obtrusive, busy book design all but mars this overdue collection of children's poetry and nonsense verse from a German experimental poet (d. 1914). Read full book review >
DWARF NOSE by Wilhelm Hauff
by Wilhelm Hauff, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"The world of fairy tales was made a whole lot poorer when Hauff died in 1827, at only 25 years old. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
 A beautifully crafted fairy tale, in which young Jacob, the son of poor parents living in a large German town, has a run-in with the bad fairy Herbwise, a hideous enchantress. 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 >