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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen


by Hans Christian Andersen & adapted by Christine San José & illustrated by Anastassija Archipowa

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-56397-699-4
Publisher: Boyds Mills

The Emperor's New Clothes (28 pp.; $15.95; Feb.; 1-56397-699-4): This is not so much a new edition of Andersen's classic as it is an opportunity for Archipowa to demonstrate her skill with watercolors. They have a great delicacy that is almost filigreed at times. The two swindlers have their wicked intent etched into their faces, while the royal retinue sport a good variety of expressions to show their confusion. The illustrator also has a fine time capturing gestures, e.g., the swindlers feigning their weaving and tailoring. Fittingly, because this is a story about clothes, Archipowa has expended much energy on the finery worn by the characters in the story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)