Books by Wilhelm Hauff

LITTLE LONG-NOSE by Wilhelm Hauff
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

In the Treasures series, a book that is not only nicely designed for small hands, but is the most appealing version since Lisbeth Zwerger's Dwarf Nose (1994) of an original tale that is replete with evil spells and gourmet cookery, from a contemporary of the Brothers Grimm. When young Jacob insults an old woman in the marketplace, she turns him into a squirrel for seven years. Forced to be one of her many furry servants, he rises through the rodentine hierarchy to Cook, regains a distorted version of his human form, and escapes; later, as chef for the Duke, he rescues a wizard's daughter who has been transformed into a goose, thus regaining his original features. Stoddart supplies a generous sheaf of small, neatly painted scenes done in a neoclassical style, capturing both the story's humor and its informal but elegant tone. A beautiful little volume. (Fiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
DWARF NOSE by Wilhelm Hauff
by Wilhelm Hauff, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

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. Herbwise changes Jacob into a miserable hunch-backed dwarf with a megacolossal schnozzle. Trials and tribulations follow, not the least of which is the wretched treatment Jacob receives from the townsfolk, even his mother and father, who refuse to believe his protestations that he is their son. A bit of luck brings Jacob (by then a renowned cook) together with Mimi, a girl cast by a spell into a goose, and the rare herb sneezewell, found flowering under a chestnut tree by the light of a full moon. Part of a linked series of tales, this is a wondrous story, full of drama and magic, holding the townsfolk's petty, malicious behavior up to a sharp light. Zwerger's paintings, with their ancient feel and their tranced quality, situate the story four-square in its own strange land. 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) Read full book review >