Press:Chronicle Books Llc Chronicle Books (July 1, 2004)
Author Name:Sedgwick, Marcus/ Jay, Alison (ILT)
Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable of vanity and pride is given a refreshing twist in this beautiful picture book illustrated by Alison Jay in her award-winning crackle-glaze style.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of the vain emperor and silent subjects has been recast once again.
Here the self-important leader is a lion, his advisors a tortoise and a hare.
And the tricky tailors are none other than wily weasels, of course.
Distinctive illustrations are reminiscent of medieval art.
Broad perspectives and elongated figures appear in crackle-glazed paintings in full but subtle color.
Some illustrations fill entire spreads while others clearly focus viewers' eyes by placing an image on white space.
The art establishes movement and pace, less predictable but equally as satisfying as the rhyming text.
Once a small frog announces the real status of the emperor's attire, the story ends: "After that, the secret was out,/and everyone started to point and shout./Laughter rang out.
What a hullabaloo!/For the trick was EXPOSED,/and THE EMPEROR, TOO!" Unfortunately, the exit of the weasel tailors is not addressed; one assumes they are gleeful, however.
If a fresh look and sound for an old tale are needed, this one will be useful.–Maria B.
Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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Retold by Sedgwick in rhymed couplets, this handsome version of "The Emperor's New Clothes" mentions author Hans Christian Andersen only on the jacket flap.
There are a few embellishments here; prose becomes verse and the tone is more jovial.
Even so, this is true to the spirit of the original.
The retelling ends with the clever lines, "Laughter rang out.
What a hullabaloo! / For the trick was EXPOSED, and THE EMPEROR, TOO!" The characters are all sumptuously dressed animals whose emperor is a lion.
He is sometimes referred to as their king, presumably because it rhymes with more words than "emperor." Rounded forms predominate in the compositions, which offer plenty for children to explore visually while the story is read aloud.
Warm, glowing colors are used in the paintings, which are finished with a crackle-glaze varnish that adds an air of antiquity.
Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association.
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"As the weasels gloat over their success at convincing the emperor to hire them to fashion magical clothes for him, they say of their ruse: 'The story's a good one, woven with care./ And one that was told with a/ great deal of flair!' An apt description of this buoyant collaboration as well." -Publishers Weekly "Jay's figures, as always have large gently rounded bodies and small heads and limbs, and her pictures are full of beautiful details, elegant small objects, window vistas, and landscapes." -Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Alison Jay studied graphic design at the London College of Printing.
After graduating with honors, she concentrated on illustrating children's books.
Her distinct, crackle-glaze art style has won her international acclaim.Marcus Sedgwick has written four novels for children, including Floodland , Witch Hill , The Dark Horse , and The Book of Dead Days .
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