The Emperor's New Clothes


In this hip, hilarious retelling, Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale is reimagined by an all-star celebrity cast.

Among the writers are Academy Award -winning and -nominated actors and actresses and other personalities from the worlds of entertainment and popular culture. Each celebrity contribution is illustrated with a stunning piece of art by illustrators who have created some of the most treasured classics of children's ...
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In this hip, hilarious retelling, Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale is reimagined by an all-star celebrity cast.

Among the writers are Academy Award -winning and -nominated actors and actresses and other personalities from the worlds of entertainment and popular culture. Each celebrity contribution is illustrated with a stunning piece of art by illustrators who have created some of the most treasured classics of children's literature-Caldecott Medal and Honor winners, Kate Greenaway Award winners, Pulitzer Prize -winning cartoonist, New Yorker cover contributors, and many other internationally esteemed artists.

The contributors' talents are outshined only by their generosity: All of the royalties and contributors' fees from this book have been donated to Starbright, an innovative charitable foundation committed to improving the lives of seriously ill children. The result is a gift book like no other, a glorious celebration for the whole family.

Andersen's classic fairy tale retold from different points of view by twenty-three celebrities and depicted by twenty-three illustrators.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Duntze embroiders the classic story with exquisite visual details; her lanky, angular people with a jaundiced glow add a playfully sinister note. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this a "witty new edition, set in 1913. The emperor's pursuit of fashion becomes such frivolous fun that he is quite a likable fool especially when his tan lines are showing." Ages 6-9. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Light watercolor illustrations and poetic phrasing combine to make this modern account of a familiar tale a success. A self-important emperor falls victim to a pair of charlatans who prey upon his vanity to sell him beautiful clothes, only visible to smart people. Of course, the prideful elders of the town accept the premise that seeing the cloth means smart, and not seeing the cloth means stupid. No one will admit to not seeing the (non-existent) fabric. The tricksters leave town even as the emperor strides down the street in a parade of celebration. Lively, bright colors and expressive features will make this version a favorite. 2000, North-South Books, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Heidi Green
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
What a lovely joke for children to enjoy! Hans Christian Anderson's timeless wit is brought to life with arrogant style. The impressive choice of language is supported perfectly by the vibrant, intricately detailed pictures. The pompous Emperor is a lion of great proportions and the delightful scoundrels who weave the magic cloth are gleeful foxes who steal the show along with most of the kingdom's coffers. The palace and the town provide elaborate and memorable settings.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Stunning illustrations perfectly capture this magnificent retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's popular tale about the vain Emperor who cared for nothing in the world except his wardrobe. When two swindling weavers enter the city and claim they can weave the most wonderful, glorious cloth that only appears invisible to foolish people, the Emperor gives them a bag of gold and commands them to start weaving immediately. Impatient to see how the cloth is coming along, the Emperor dispatches his Prime Minister, then his Master of the Imperial Wardrobe, to inspect the exquisite cloth. When both men fail to see the cloth and fear looking foolish, they pretend to see the fabric and return to the Emperor with detailed stories about the cloth's hues and designs. After a few more bags of gold, the weavers present their creation to the Emperor, who wears his invisible garments to a special procession where a young boy states the obvious and makes the Emperor come to a painful realization. Young fairy tale fans will laugh out loud when they read this rollicking version of Andersen's classic story.
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This classic tale was published in 1837, and has been a favorite ever since. This version is set in pre-World War I Europe, which adds a real sense of style and decadence to the story. Each spread of illustrations is unique, including images of postcards, money and stamps that look like a souvenir/photo album. One spread even appears as a newspaper story. The weavers appear to get away with their deception, but maybe the Emperor gets the last laugh with the twist at the end.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Stunning color illustrations of this classic tale of an Emperor who cared only about being finely dressed. He spent all his money on new clothes and would parade through the city. Tricksters, claim to make a marvelous cloth that was invisible to those unfit for their jobs or shockingly stupid. The entire city waited for the parade. Children will love the surprise ending. It is an oversized book with the colored pencil and wash illustrations delicately rendered in pale warm shades. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Sonya Goldman
Mendelson retells and illustrates the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale with splendor and humor. Imagine a potbellied gorilla emperor complete with a jeweled turban, who exposes his bare bottom to the entire court while admiring his "new clothes" in the mirror. "Emperor" pokes fun at vanity and foolishness with updated storytelling kids and adults will enjoy. Of course, the emperor is transformed by his misadventure-the final illustration finds him lounging by a pool in jeans and a T-shirt. Mendelson artfully selects animals for the Byzantine styled characters-lovely seals for the harem, a Cabinet of chameleons, and, of course, a rat for a tailor.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4San Jos uses a very free translation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic and it doesn't sound much like Andersen. The reteller follows the story line, but shortens the text. She eliminates the swindlers' claim that the cloth will be invisible to anyone who is unfit for his job, and therefore loses a lot of the subtlety of the tale. Here the people who do not see the material are only stupid. More time is spent describing the appearance of the nonexistent cloth than in conveying the thinking of the courtiers and their king, who are, of course, all fearful to admit that they cannot see the fabric. The realistic watercolors show figures in 17th-century garb against plain white pages, with only a few props added in placesthe loom, the mirror, the Emperor's canopy. While the understated illustrations are accomplished and the text is adequate, the book lacks the bravura wit, humor, and inventiveness of Angela Barrett's pictures in Naomi Lewis's more faithful translation (Candlewick, 1997).Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-When Andersen's vain emperor and his court are decked out in the fashions of 16th-century France, including the monarch in his underwear, the result is a particularly uproarious version of this well-loved classic. In her cartoonlike watercolors, Tharlet uses light, bright pastel tones for the clothing of everyone except the charlatan tailors, who are clad in sober brown and gray. Among the many small pictorial additions that extend the text's humor are the emperor's teddy bear, lying beside him as his breakfast-in-bed arrives, and a little dog with fleas that appears on several pages. The story is retold in simple, straightforward sentences. This fresh, delightful interpretation would be a good choice for reading alone or aloud.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Lewis (The Steadfast Tin Soldier, 1992, etc.), a plucky new treatment of the familiar tale. Here the emperor, everyone's favorite sartorial obsessive, is a preWW I dandy, but he is the same chump as always, duped by the two prankster weavers. Their cloth, "invisible to anyone who was unfit for his job or particularly stupid," has all the court's self-important retainers and grandees in a swivet: They can't see the cloth but dare not admit it in fear of being branded an incompetent or a fool. The ruse goes all the way to the top, to the emperor's self-doubts and conventionality, and his absurd procession: When exposed for the clown he is by a child's shout, the emperor remains calm" `If I stop, it will spoil the procession. And that would never do.' So on he stepped, even more proudly than before." The translation is fine and sure, and Barrett's artwork is splendid, full of lively vignettes and early-20th-century details, complete with a company of wise dogs and the impeccably expressive faces of bystanders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591977469
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Rabbit Ears-A Classic Tale Set 2 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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