Writer: Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Maja Kastelic
Publishing House: NorthSouth Books
Date of Publication: September 1st 2020
Rating: 5 stars
“The most wonderful fairytale is life itself. “
Hans Christian Andersen
A little girl travels with her lither to Copenhagen. It is going to be a long and tedious journey and the little one isn’t enthusiastic about it. But there is also a very special passenger in the carriage that takes them to the capital. An elderly gentleman that seems to know many tales and all the mysteries of life.
He will share his finest story with the little girl. He will narrate the tale of a young boy whose father loved fairytales until the day he died, broken by the war. He will share his dreams and frustrations, his love for theatre and music. And writing. He will tell her all about Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Tinker Box, The Ice Queen.
His name was Hans Christian Andersen.
A beautiful book, beautifully written by Heins Janisch, gloriously illustrated by Maja Kastelic. Watch out for references to the most beloved heroines and heroes of our childhood, all well-hidden in the gorgeous illustrations.
This is easily one of the most beautiful books for our little readers.
Many thanks to NorthSouth Books and NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.