'There sat the dog with eyes as big as mill wheels'
Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen's tales made him an international star, taken to the hearts of children and adults for their beauty, sorrow and strangeness. Included here are 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'Big Klaus and Little Klaus'.
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Andersen's Fairy Tales is available in Penguin Classics.
Although Warhola's artwork is well designed and sometimes delightfully quirky, this retelling of Andersen's familiar story is not nearly as effective as Barry Moser's recent, more unified and distinctive version. Warhola's comedic talents are considerable, but in this case the blend of fantasy and humor does not match the character of the story, e.g., Andersen's mysterious and magical dogs are made to resemble Looney Tune bulldogs with bright round eyes rather than the compelling creatures they must be in order for the story to work. Thompson freely deviates from the original text--instead of killing the king at the end of the story, the dogs swallow and then antiseptically spit out the royal couple--and her cliche-ridden text is neither interesting nor lively. Ages 4-8.