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
Metaphrog are Franco-Scottish duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, award-winning graphic novelists.
They are winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist; Excelsior Award Junior 2018; SICBA Outstanding Achievement 2018 and multiple Eisner Awards nominees for their Louis graphic novels.
Their latest graphic novels are fairy tale adaptations The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. A third volume, Bluebeard, a feminist fairy tale, will be published by Papercutz in May 2020.
The adaptions of the two Anderson tales in this volume (the title story and The Little Match Girl) are faithful, so if you are looking for a complete re-invention, this isn’t it. What it is is a powerful illustration adaption of two tales as well as a tale about a boy and a doll. Powerful stories. Nicely illustrated.
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 Goodreads summary of the story has more depth than the story itself.
The "other stories" were also fine. Nothing to write home about.
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 Match Girl, stays true to the original. It felt rushed, but the message is all there. Again, the final scene showing her death is hinted at, but omitted.
These are NOT feel good stories for children. Actually, I wouldn't recommend this for younger children at all. But it is beautiful and all tied together by theme.
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 streets in the middle of winter. Gorgeous, gorgeous book I will be keeping for my fairy tale collection.
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 all in black and white except the main character.
I count EVERY book I read, even if it's a kids' book, though this one is classified by the library as a graphic novel. I had never read "The Red Shoes," but a few mentions over the years gave me the feeling it wasn't a particularly happy tale. After reading this one and the other two included ("The Glass Case" and "The Little Match Girl"), I decided this was the children's version of Black Mirror. The "happy" endings here are a new take for this girl who grew up on the old Disney princesses. Of course, happiness is a journey, not a destination, right?
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.
Most people are familiar with the Hans Christian Anderson story that Disney turned into the Little Mermaid, but they may not know any of his other tales, or that his stories are much darker than Disney portrayed. This graphic novel focuses on the story of the red shoes, in which a poor but beautiful girl becomes obsessed with a pair of shoes that force her to dance nonstop. The only way to finally free her of her prison is to chop off both of her feet.
Other stories include The Glass Case and The Little Match Girl.
The graphic format works well for these three Hans Christian Anderson stories. The text is pared down and the images take center stage. I did not know the story "The Glass Case", a mirrored reversal of a doll coming to life. And I was moved, as I always am, by "The Little Match Girl", a heartbreaking story which manages to end with light and hope.
The art in this book was eye catching, keeping me reading. I enjoyed the little bonus stories at the end! The translation (?) feels a little bit...off, most of the time. It's not awful, just midly incorrect at times. The wording makes this a bit more difficult to enjoy. I still loved reading this for a short while!
It kept my interest even if I wasn't very fond of the illustrations that much. I've heard of these stories before, but I've forgotten the details. It was nice to refresh my mind and read these stories in a graphic novel form. They're not happy fairy tales at all. I would say all of them have a either disturbing or sad ending to the main character's life.
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.
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.
There's nothing bad about this book but there's nothing interesting either. It's a very short read for sure and covers the tales of The Red Shoes, The Glass Case, and The Little Match Girl. It's short and easy but nothing interesting or memorable. Solid 3/5.