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THINGSText: Yurie Hatano

Following “Grimm“, and in commemoration of the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, Die Gestalten Verlag is publishing “Andersen: The Illustrated Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen“. The book contains the original stories written by Andersen and is combined with contemporary visuals illustrated by 14 artists. From around the world artists were selected, and in a similar style as Grimm.

The illustration within the book are various, some have a soft feeling (from the pastel color), pop, cute, and abstract. The image that the artist brings from the story is drawn by each touch. Some of the stories have a sad ending, the images are expressed more deeply and more darkly than it is imagined when you are child. The illustration from the artist of each story changes entirely, so this book is enjoyed from the child to adult, though some of stories have irony and can be pessimistic. It is good to spend a long winter’s night with Andersen?

Featured story and illustrator;
The Tinder Box: Harmen Liemburg (The Netherlands)
The Ugly Duckling: Laura Varsky (Argentina)
The Princess and the Pea: Idan Friedman (Israel)
The Emporor’s New Suit: Pascal Duez (Germany)
The Red Shoes: LuLu (Germany)
The Most Incredible Thing: Seb Jarnot (France)
The Little Match-Seller: Alice Chan (Hong Kong)
The Little Mermaid: Klaus Haapaniemi (UK)
The Brave Tin Soldier: Speto (Brazil)
The Snow Queen: Kinpro and Takora (Japan)
The Lovliest Rose in the World: Stephan Doitschinoff (Brazil)
The Child in the Grave: Danny Franzreb (Germany)
The Nightingale: Neil McFarland (UK)

Andersen: The Illustrated Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Edited by Hans Christian Andersen
Features: 19 x 24 cm, 208 pages, full colour, hardcover, bookmark ribbon
Released: December 2004
Price: $39.00 / €29.90 / £23.00
ISBN: 3-89955-059-5
Published by Die Gestalten Verlag

Text: Yurie Hatano

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