The Red Shoes and Other Tales

The Red Shoes and Other Tales There once was a young girl who was pretty but poor So poor she had to go barefoot Her name was Karen and she loved to dance When Karen becomes an orphan her great aunt takes her in One day on a sho

  • Title: The Red Shoes and Other Tales
  • Author: Metaphrog
  • ISBN: 9781629912837
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor So poor she had to go barefoot Her name was Karen and she loved to dance When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams,There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor So poor she had to go barefoot Her name was Karen and she loved to dance When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams, or nightmares This fresh take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Red Shoes is a tale of hope, obsession and guilt, retold and lavishly illustrated by multiple Eisner award nominated creators Metaphrog Also included is an adaptation of Andersen s The Little Match Girl and an original story, The Glass Case Hope, joy, and pain intermingle in these dark, alluring stories, which may leave readers thinking of Andersen as a precursor to modern horror Publishers Weekly A darkly pensive read, perfect for chilly fall evenings Kirkus Reviews

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    1. I was privileged to read an advanced reader copy of this book. I had never read the classic story of the Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen. I started out sweet, simple and yet tragic. Then is got a little disturbing. I looked up the original text and it’s been altered. This is a graphic novel version. It’s about a girl who loves to dance and is given a pair of magical red shoes. It also includes a story called The Glass Case and The Little Match Girl. I enjoyed the illustrations. They are [...]

    2. I just got this on noisetrade!!!Oh so wonderful. This was such a fun and super easy read. It took me like five minutes to read it and the rest of the time I just admired the beautiful and a bit dark graphics.I totally recommend this. Especially if you are like me and are still a young child at heart.That was such a throwback to my childhood. Especially 'The Little Match Girl' story.

    3. The art was fine, technically good but seemed uninspired. The text was likewise, simplistic in the way fairy tales often are, but without the depth simple language can give. The summary of the story has more depth than the story itself.The "other stories" were also fine. Nothing to write home about.

    4. I enjoyed the art style in this three story collection, especially the use of muted colors to emphasize the somber moods presented by each.The Red Shoes was very well done. As an adult I would have liked to see more of the girl's physical decline as she was forced to dance and dance, but I can understand the decision to stay away from anything that might seen as grotesque or too graphic for the intended audience. The second story, an original, is simple and heartbreaking. Finally, The Little Mat [...]

    5. The Red Shoes is a straight retelling of three fairy tales. The art is quite rich in colour with a strange anime-esque style that actually works rather well. While adults must not find stories they have already read many times compelling, this is a nice edition to give to a kid.

    6. This is a graphic novel of short stories that Hans Christian Anderson had written made into a graphic novel form. I really enjoyed this book. I also used it during one of my Tween book discussion groups and the tweens enjoyed it as well.

    7. The figures in these stories are all strangely mannequin-like, and the colour palette remains dusky and muted even when depicting those moments where the fantastic disturbs the ordinary.Perhaps this is only fitting - after all, this is a book in which pursuing the fulfillment of desire can only lead to mutilation, confinement and death.It's good stuff. Y'know, for kids!

    8. Very interesting adaptation of these tales. The illustrations were gorgeous, but I feel like they lost a bit of the heart.

    9. Age Range: 2nd – 4th gradesThis book is three modern day fairytales tales rolled up into one graphic novel. The first tale is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Red Shoes. The story tells about a young girl who was born poor and now has a very sick mother who eventually dies. She has never had shoes and has to go barefoot everywhere she goes making her feet tired and sore. After her mother passes her aunt who is visually wealthier takes her in and buys her some new shoes. The shoes [...]

    10. I'm not rating this book, because I know I'm so far from the ideal reader. This was a freebie I got at KidLitCon - it came in my book bag, so I didn't even realize I'd gotten it until I was home. I very much doubt I would have picked it up on my own. It comes out today, so I figured I should write down a few of my thoughts, just in case anyone else was interested in it.The Red Shoes is a very short book, telling three small stories in comic-book format. Two of them ("The Red Shoes" and "The Litt [...]

    11. *Book source ~ Free from NoiseTradeFrom :There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor. So poor she had to go barefoot. Her name was Karen and she loved to dance. When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in. One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes. The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams, or nightmares. This fresh take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Red Sho [...]

    12. A great collection of three fairy tales in vivid and expertly designed graphic novel form. 'The Red Shoes' is just as unsettling as the original – the style coming to the fore in the last few pages as the girl goes without for a while – and the adaptation is both a little bit random (cars in Hans Christian Andersen…) and perfectly suited. The creators' original work has an obvious conclusion and problems with scale but is otherwise fine, and their version of 'The Little Match Girl' is char [...]

    13. How great to see Hans Christian Anderson's "The Red Shoes" transformed into graphic novel format. I loved the dark, atmospheric drawings so fitting for retelling the tale and the period they depict.What a bonus too with the other tales. I'd never read the Little Match Girl. Oh how sad but beautiful. Nicely drawn to eek out this poignant story.I'd not sure of the origins of The Glass Case. I'm guessing another folk tale? Short but made me smile in the way that tales do.These stories aren't too di [...]

    14. I had forgotten how deliciously morbid Hans Christian Andersen was! I love this gorgeous graphic novel. The "other tales" mentioned in the title are "The Glass Case" and "The Little Match Girl". These are the original stories with their macabre endings, though the matchstick girl is more bittersweet. Watch out for sensitive children as one ends with a girl getting her feet chopped off, the other with a real life boy turning into a wooden doll and finally, one where a poor little girl dies on the [...]

    15. Retellings of three fairy tales by Andersen. Just a reminder, his fairy tales are not always meant for children, especially these. Slightly more dark in flavor, older kids and teens might enjoy these more than young kids.The art work is beautiful, perfectly fitting the mood of the tales. Excellent retelling of these fairy tales! I would love to see more by this artist!

    16. If you're going to teach your kids how life is pretty unfair and miserable, you really can't go wrong with Andersen's fairytales. These graphic adaptations are standardly meh-to-okay in illustration and execution -- pretty but bland. Vaguely sinister if you consider their representation as a world without people of color.

    17. Pros: Minimal modernization is good. The middle story is nicely creepy. Kind of weird that there's no blood but understandable in an all-ages comic. Illustrations are moving and simple without being trite. Red really stands out in the first story.Cons: While the limited color palette works in the first story, it really washes out the other two.3 1/2 stars

    18. What a beautifully illustrated book. Metaphrog are Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers.Together, they have been creating comics and graphic novels since 1996.- See more at: metaphrog/about/#sthas

    19. Pretty and nice construction, but I wasn't familiar with two of these stories before reading. In total, they were all messed up. I split the difference with my rating, because it was done well, but it wasn't for me.

    20. It was okay. The text was alright, what you would expect out of a fairy tale, but perhaps a bit lacking and ambiguous at times. And while the illustrations were nice, I would have like them to be a bit more dynamic or interesting.

    21. A good graphic novel intro. to two of Hans Christian Andersen's tales The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl, along with an original tale, The Glass Case. These stories all lean a little to the creepy side, but are definitely less creepy than the original tales. Nice illustrations and color.

    22. Absolutely delightfully gruesome as the Grimm fairy tales should be. Includes and equally creepy original story.

    23. Enjoyed the graphic novel style of this children's book - creepy illustrations that delighted Alana who has a penchant for scary stories.

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