The Emperor's New Clothes
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The Emperor's New Clothes

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Everyone agrees that the emperor is charming, clever, and works very hard . . . at shopping! Showing off his expensive clothes is all he cares about. So one day, a pair of swindlers decides to profit from the emperor's vanity. They offer to make him a splendid suit cut from a magical cloth that cannot be seen by anyone who is lazy or stupid. Who will be brave enough to tel...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Minedition (first published 1837)
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Apr 20, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra
Loved the Europe circa 1913 setting in the illustrations!!! The translations was nothing remarkable for me, but I've always loved this story and it was nice seeing it with it's "new clothes" (i.e., the refreshing illustrations) :-)

Thanks, Chandra, for the recommendation!
I guess this story must have engendered the cynicism I retain to this day. A child should read this before being let loose on newspapers and adverts
I ask my kids what they thought the moral of the story is. Here are their answers.

The 14 year old: Don't be an idiot. Any moron should know that they are naked no matter what they are being told.

The 11 year old: If you can't tell you are naked, you should not be king. Let the kid be king. At least he could see the truth.

The 9 year old: Always tell the truth, even if it makes people sad or cry.

So there you go. All three are girls and they all had a different take on it. I always liked this story...more
The fable of "The Emperor's New Clothes" tells the story of a very vain emperor who only wants the best attire that the world has to offer. When he hears of this new "invisible" clothing, he demands that he must have it because it is the best. His servants anxiously work on his clothes and when they are "finished", the emperor is stark naked but pleased. He struts among his peasants, who all pretend to revere him, until a child cries out that he is naked and everyone agrees. The foolish emperor...more
A vain and proud emperor wanted to look splendid everyday. He achieved this feeling by investing in new clothes for every occasion. On the special day of the Royal procession, two pretend weavers Silmus and Slick, promise to make the emperor only the finest and rarest new outfit. However, little does the emperor know, the two weavers are plotting to trick and mimic the proud emperor. They explain to the emperor that only intelligent people would be able to see their work. Excitedly, the emperor...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra and Abigail
This has always been one of my favorite tales as I think its moral is so wise. In this edition, the illustrations are fabulous. I adored all the many dogs (mostly naked of course) that appear on nearly every page. (I was almost tempted to make a dogs shelf but then I’d feel obligated to add all my books about dogs, something I’ve successfully managed to resist doing thus far.)
Lisa James
Classic story that teaches a morals lesson at the same time:) In this story, the Emperor ends up looking like a complete fool when he is talked into buying a suit of "invisible" clothing, & ends up walking around nude. It's humbling lesson for him, & he learns that rich men & wise men can be fooled by greed & pride.
I had not realized that my kids had never heard the story of "The Emperor's New Clothes" before and after I got done reading it they declared that it "was inappropriate." I had to laugh. So we had a nice talk about vanity and they all thought the story was okay after that.
The second book in the Penguins 60 set. It contains six Andersen stories, only one of which is familiar to me: 'The emperor's new clothes'. Some of the othes sound familiar, as folk tales are retold and morphed into new shapes. Others are startingly original. I need to read Andersen more widely, not only know the familiar stories! This little book is a useful introduction. The other stories are: 'The bronze pig', 'Little Claus and Big Claus' (reminiscent of some Till Eulenspiegel stories), 'The...more
I really enjoyed the illustrations of the animals in their regal clothes! I would definitely put this in my library.
I read and loved all of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales growing up in the early 1990s.
John Yelverton
Just a fun little children's story about not being too big for your own britches.
Steven Spielberg put this star studded set of illustrators and comedians together to give a new twist to this old story. Each star (Madonna, Robyn Williams, Joan Rives...) is one character and has one page to move the story along.Each illustrator(Sendak, Joyce, Kellog.... also have one page. This version is definitely raucous and ribald. You will need to edit some of the words for the young, but the older elementary school kids, I think will get the sophistication.
Zacaro Caro
Probably not the best translation of this story but the story itself is a good one, the pictures are a little dated. I read one translation with animals pictures and then when the emperor had no clothes it was. My kids thought it was funny when they could see his butt. So we read it again. The moral of the story is that we shouldn't be so worried about what other people think... But the ending of this version sort of downplays the lesson.
Jessalyn Collins
Andersen retells the story of an emperor who comes across two frauds who convince him they can weave invisible cloth. The illustrations done by Rowe are colorful and very appealing to young children. The emperor is portrayed as a human, while all of the other characters are different animals such as mice and monkeys. In particular, the two frauds are depicted as cunning little foxes. I read this story to my youngest sister, C’Jay (who is seven years old). Her favorite part of the story was the p...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
I learned about Karl Largerfeld illustrating the Emperor's new clothes back in 1992, and I was finnally able to get my hands on the book.
It was well worth the wait.
Largerfeld's illustrations complement Anderson's story. I love that Largerfeld was inspired by 18th Centurty French fashion, spacifically King Luis XIV(14th) it suits the story and Karl's artisic flare.

The story of The Emperor's New Clothes is told from a giant cast of characters surrounding the Emperor. Each has a different, entertaining perspective on the events as they transpire.

Each character is illustrated by one of 23 of the most popular children's artists, making it widely diverse in appearance, yet enhancing the individuality of the characters.

And to add to the fun, the accompanying CD uses 23 celebrities to tell the story out loud. Everyone from Harrison Ford as the shady thief, to M...more
Marissa J.
This book is the story of an Emperor who gets tricked into wearing no clothes in front of his entire kingdom.

The format of this book is an interesting one. The end covers are very pastel colored. The pictures cover both pages and they are of different items of clothing. The actual illustrations are also different than most books. Most of the pictures are very busy. The text is strategically placed on the page while the pictures surround it. Many of the pictures have something to do with the empe...more
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There once was an emperor who loved new clothes so much, his servants brought him stacks and stacks of new outfits several times a day. The emperor wanted to have the perfect outfit for every hour of every day, no one could convice him otherwise. The emperor is fooled by two swindlers that trick him into thinking they can make clothes with invisible cloth. People came from all over his kingdom to see the new clothes he had made, however he was naked and the swindlers had conviced him that he was...more
A short tale about two weavers who promise a vain Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, or stupid. When the Emperor parades in his new clothes, nobody dares to ignore it though they can’t see any cloth, so ALL pretend to be clever enough, not wanting to appear unfit to their positions, that they are clever, except a child who blurts out that: "He isn't wearing anything at all!". It’s been said that the tale is based on a medieval Spanish collection o...more
Children's Literature Project
DRA:? Grades 2-5

The emperor was very vain and always concerned about showing off new royal suits. He spent most of his time changing clothes. One day two pretend weavers came to the kingdom and offered to weave the emperor a suit with a magic cloth that could be see by only smart people. Since the weavers told the emperoe that people who could not see the cloth were not fit to hold office, everyone who came to see the new outfit prettended they were admiring the most beautiful piece of clothing...more
Apr 08, 2011 Kerri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all humans and a few dogs
A retelling of HCA's tale by a variety of celebrities and illustrators. The story is told in the first person and from the perspective of the people and even some objects that enter the tale. Liam Neeson is the Imperial Prime Minister, Nathan Lane is the Imperial Dresser, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is the Imperial Physician, Jeff Goldblum is the Imperial Wizard, Dan Aykroyd is the Holy Man, Robin Williams is the Court Jester, Calvin Klein is the Emperor's Underwear, Fran Drescher is the Heralding Horn,...more
Angela Alcorn
Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it.

These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files:
-- The emperor's new clothes
-- The swineherd
-- The real princess
-- The shoes of fortune
-- The fir tree
-- The snow queen
-- The leap-frog
-- The elderbush
-- The bell
-- The old house
-- The happy family
-- The story of a mother
-- The false collar
-- The shadow
-- The little match girl
-- The dream of little Tuk
-- The naughty bo...more
The most fascinating piece of this story was the illustrations by Angela Barrett. Her biography at the end of the story mentioned her love of fashion design, and this is portrayed in the story as well. The detail on each page is extraordinary, especially within the borders. One page uses needles working around the border like cloth to outline the scene. It is details such as this that make this particular book so enchanting, especially since it is a retold version of a tale by Hans Christian And...more
واقعا داستان جالبیه. حکایت آدم های چاپلوسی که همه چیز خودشون رو به هیچ می فروشن و حاضر نیستن حقایق رو ببینن.
Antonia M
As a dane i grew up with tish story still afterreading it the 100th time it still amuses me.
Fairy tale
Wonderful retelling, with each character a separate vignette, woven together to tell the whole story. Each vignette is written by a different person (celebrity) and each is illustrated by a different illustrator. Comes with a CD too which would probably be a great way to experience this version (although the CD is missing from the copy I read). Could be used as Reader's Theatre with each part told by a different student. Could be used as an example for a writing lesson in which each st...more
Sep 09, 2014 Dee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any child.
All the kids cracked up because it involved the King being in his undies.
This is one of my all time favorite fairy tales. It is so funny and clever! Few fairy tales share the message that this one does, and I find it quite refreshing.
Really, everyone is just waiting for an opportunity to laugh at you all naked, just like in your dreams.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express them...more
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