Books by Stephen Mitchell

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Stephen Mitchell
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Simply exquisite. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
An absolutely drop-dead gorgeous edition of the beloved Andersen tale. Read full book review >
IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An intriguing alternative to the other two. (Picture book/folktale. 8-10)"
Tavares's tidy, literal, clean-lined illustrations give this retelling of a particularly surreal Brothers Grimm tale some welcome grounding in reality. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Rich in danger, intrigue and astonishing acts of largesse, these celebrations of loyalty, courage and generosity are as entertaining as they are edifying. (extensive source notes) (Folktales. 10-12)"
The creators of The Wishing Bone: and Other Poems (2003) offer two gently massaged chestnuts and a lesser-known bonbon from various versions of Arabian Nights. Read full book review >
THE TINDERBOX by Hans Christian Andersen
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 WISHING BONE by Stephen Mitchell
Released: March 1, 2003

"A handsomely packaged, nicely diverse gathering of words and art. (Poetry. 9-13)"
Plainly channeling Edward Lear and maybe Lewis Carroll too, Mitchell (Hans Christian Andersen's Nightingale, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, 2002, etc.) offers nine rhymed ruminations, daffy episodes, and glimpses of imaginary wildlife, all illustrated, and sometimes illuminated, by Pohrt's (The Tomb of the Boy King, 2001, etc.) small, clean-lined, delicately exact figures. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE by Stephen Mitchell
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Editions of Nightingale abound, but this makes a sumptuous, readable alternative that is true to its original. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Hot new illustrator Ibatoulline (Signs for Sale, p. 579, etc.) exchanges sentimental, Norman Rockwell-like realism for elaborate chinoiserie to go with a gently massaged version of Andersen's popular tale. Read full book review >
BHAGAVAD GITA by Stephen Mitchell
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A handsome and expertly translated version of one of the world's most important religious poems."
As Mitchell notes in his excellent introduction, the Gita is not just one of the core texts of Hindu religious philosophy; it has been a key work in the development of American literature as well. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1999

"The reader moves through it with eyes wide upon the concrete and the fantastic at once."
—There are two kinds of women: those who marry princes and those who marry frogs. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"Insanely quirky, but good-natured, unpretentious, and (at times) genuinely enlightening. (Author tour)"
If The Razor's Edge had starred Zero Mostel instead of Tyrone Power, this book might never have been written. Read full book review >