The Emperor's Cool Clothes
by Lee Harper
A funny, clever adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale in an imaginary kingdom where emperor penguins, walruses, albatross, seals and polar bears all live - and shop - together.
ebook, 0 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
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This is a cutting edge, very modern retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes. The pictures and text are bright, colorful and edgy. The Emperor hands over a platinum card to pay for his cool new clothes and the tailors (the Rogue Brothers) take his money and buy things on the internet. Funny, colorful - the kids at storytime loved the pictures. I really liked this book until the very last page...where nothing happens in spite of a little girl in the crowd pointing out that the emperor is naked. Whe...more
This modern retake on the classic tail of Hans Christian Anderson's The Emperors Clothes was a miss to me. The characters looked like dorks. This is probably because that is the way I feel about how most teenagers/young adults dress nowadays. And yes I am fully aware that statement puts me in to the "old" category. However it does not mean I am wrong. The Walrus in the book wore those god awful pants that people sport that have their back side hanging out> Pants that reach the ankles more tha...more
Relentlessly "modern" version of The Emperor's New Clothes. Updating the rascals' goofing off to shopping on "Seabay" and eating McDonald's and Starbucks take out makes the fact that they still are weaving invisible silk on invisible looms really inexplicable. I did like the hip-hop outfit on the cover, and the really long Chucks on the walrus' feet.
Nov 26, 2011 Kris rated it 3 of 5 stars
This cool version of "Emperor's New Clothes" has short enough text and big enough art to share with a young crowd. Works for the Common Core State Standard for kindergarten of Integration of Knowledge and Ideas when compared with another version, like the retelling by Marcus Sedgewick and illustrated by Alison Jay.
Lee Harper's debut in childrens book illustrating, WOOLBUR by Leslie Helakoski, (HarperCollins), was released in January 2008. Lee is a Doylestown resident and father of two. Besides illustrating, Lee teaches children about art and making picture books. Lee has taught workshops as an artist in residence for the Council Rock School District for the past five years and has recently added school visi...moreMore about Lee Harper...