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

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  7,415 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Andersen's classic fairy tale retold from different points of view by twenty-three celebrities and depicted by twenty-three illustrators.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Candlewick (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
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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
Literacy Group
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
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
Oct 15, 2009 Taya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pbgs-3
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
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.
I liked the story - weird ending though.
This is the tale of an Emporer who is conned into buying what is dubbed as the world's most beautiful material that only those with an eye for detail can see when in fact there is no material or clothing and so the Emporer is walking around in the nude while no-one says a thing. This is a moral tale about not following those around you but instead making your decisions. Not one of my favourite Andersen tales as it's not dark enough for me but a good light hearted tale that's enjoyable for both c...more
This book is targeted for younger children maybe first or second grade. It is a story about a king who believed a lie that got carried over to the people in the kingdom. It took one person to point out the truth for everyone to realize the king was actually naked. I think this story is good for children because it teaches them to always tell the truth and to not be easily fulled by others. The only that I can see being a problem is the illustrations in the book since the look old aged and kids m...more
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Dec 14, 2011 Mrs Johnnie Tate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
I know! First time to READ and on the doorstep of 50. Heard the story, saw the musical, finally read the little story.
At first was a bit disappointed in the ending for it seemed to just leave it hanging - but no - not really, the King continued on his parade "to late to change". Was this a statement on political workings of his day, much like Humpty Dumpty was?
I intend to read more fairy tales and items I should have read long before now. An old age childhood? ~grins~
I couldn't find my version on GR but I guess I'll carry on anyway. The Emperor's New Clothes tells the classic tale of a very vain Emperor and his apparent inability to feel the weather on his naked body. I read this tale countless times and though I giggled incessantly at the Emperor it taught me the value of honesty and doing your own thing instead of following the crowd.

It's an engaging book with a wonderful lesson for the youngings. Definitely on my recommendation list.
This book is great if you are looking for a moral based story. It gets young kids thinking about being leaders instead of simply being followers. I used it as an opportunity to discuss good decisions versus bad decisions in terms of behaviors. Great book, great message, and great story line. I would use this as read aloud. In the past I have made t charts, character analysis, and real life applications a part of this. It is a diverse text.
I found this fairy tale different from anyone I have ever read. The characters in the emperor's court are so old fashioned that a child would have a hard time understanding. Yet, the story is shorter than other fairy tales I have read. The story itself was surrounded on the idea of trickery; in which people were hiding their true opinions in hopes of not looking like a fool. This is a great moral to people of all ages.
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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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