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“If you like, I’ll tell you the story of a boy who learned to fly.” Through an enchanted conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn coach, Hans Christian Andersen shares his life’s struggles, dreams, and triumphs—whose threads can be found woven into his greatest stories. He tells her about the “fairy tale of his life” and how the son of a shoemaker became a celebr “If you like, I’ll tell you the story of a boy who learned to fly.” Through an enchanted conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn coach, Hans Christian Andersen shares his life’s struggles, dreams, and triumphs—whose threads can be found woven into his greatest stories. He tells her about the “fairy tale of his life” and how the son of a shoemaker became a celebrated writer.  Heinz Janisch paints a sensitive portrait of Andersen and his literary work. Maja Kastelic has developed a well-suited illustration concept for this story that combines sumptuous art of a picture book with elements of a graphic novel. Thus, for the first time, H. C. Andersen’s life and work become a fascinating collage in picture book form. A moving, inventive story about the life of Hans Christian Andersen.


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“If you like, I’ll tell you the story of a boy who learned to fly.” Through an enchanted conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn coach, Hans Christian Andersen shares his life’s struggles, dreams, and triumphs—whose threads can be found woven into his greatest stories. He tells her about the “fairy tale of his life” and how the son of a shoemaker became a celebr “If you like, I’ll tell you the story of a boy who learned to fly.” Through an enchanted conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn coach, Hans Christian Andersen shares his life’s struggles, dreams, and triumphs—whose threads can be found woven into his greatest stories. He tells her about the “fairy tale of his life” and how the son of a shoemaker became a celebrated writer.  Heinz Janisch paints a sensitive portrait of Andersen and his literary work. Maja Kastelic has developed a well-suited illustration concept for this story that combines sumptuous art of a picture book with elements of a graphic novel. Thus, for the first time, H. C. Andersen’s life and work become a fascinating collage in picture book form. A moving, inventive story about the life of Hans Christian Andersen.

30 review for Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    "The most wonderful fairytale is life itself. " Hans Christian Andersen A little girl travels with her mother 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 "The most wonderful fairytale is life itself. " Hans Christian Andersen A little girl travels with her mother 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, movingly 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. My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    This book is so well done....Oh my god! I freaking love this book so much! Get me the physical copy already! The book is narrated with sophistication that it's just impossible not to get lost in it from the first page itself. The artstyle is breathtaking. Combine all the most beautiful Disney moments of your life and imagine how beautiful the illustrations in this book is! I am so reliving all the best Disney moments of my life with this book. The writing is impeccable, will touch your innermost sou This book is so well done....Oh my god! I freaking love this book so much! Get me the physical copy already! The book is narrated with sophistication that it's just impossible not to get lost in it from the first page itself. The artstyle is breathtaking. Combine all the most beautiful Disney moments of your life and imagine how beautiful the illustrations in this book is! I am so reliving all the best Disney moments of my life with this book. The writing is impeccable, will touch your innermost soul and you will fall in love with beautiful memories all over again. There are moments you will cry; there are moments you actually want to hug the narrator so many times and tell him he's being still loved by many today. You will get to know who had the most influence in his life and what shaped his life; the inevitable circumstances, the theatre and the art, the books and the readings, the war, the important people in his life and most importantly some of the most important life-changing moments that most of us aren't aware of. There are titbits of his most popular tales he had written towards the end of the book. I appreciate the author's note. It's such an eye-opener. Thank you #NetGalley for the book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Before I even start, the illustrations are W-O-W!! I am blown away by how pretty this book is! Especially the flying goose, that was cool. Okay, to the review: This is a great, little non-fiction book about Hans Christian Anderson's life. There's lots of still frames coloured beautifully, in what looks like water colour, to showcase Hans' life. He tells his story to a little girl in a trolley, and it whisks them away to his adventure. The fairy tales he tells are full of colour and wonder, lightin Before I even start, the illustrations are W-O-W!! I am blown away by how pretty this book is! Especially the flying goose, that was cool. Okay, to the review: This is a great, little non-fiction book about Hans Christian Anderson's life. There's lots of still frames coloured beautifully, in what looks like water colour, to showcase Hans' life. He tells his story to a little girl in a trolley, and it whisks them away to his adventure. The fairy tales he tells are full of colour and wonder, lighting up the page. I think this is a unique and absolutely marvellous way to tell a story. I'm super intrigued and honestly adored it! It's fantastic and I highly recommend both kids and adults alike pick it up. It's a gem! Five out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and North South Books for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about Hans Christian Andersen. The story unfolds as Hans is in a coach travelling with a little girl called Elsa and her mother. He tells the girl about his life, the ups and downs, hardships and fortunes, and of the stories he created and how they all are in a way like experiences hes had. This really is a beautifully put to I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about Hans Christian Andersen. The story unfolds as Hans is in a coach travelling with a little girl called Elsa and her mother. He tells the girl about his life, the ups and downs, hardships and fortunes, and of the stories he created and how they all are in a way like experiences hes had. This really is a beautifully put together book and I loved it. Fans of any Hans Christian Andersen's books will adore this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Hans Christian Andersen - The Journey of His Life by Heinz Janisch is the beautiful story of the Danish writer's life, from his humble beginnings as a shoemaker's son, to one of the most beloved and prolific children's authors of all time. Narrated in the voice of Hans himself, the writer joins a little girl named Elsa and her mother in a carriage as the trio embark on a shared journey to Copenhagen. On the way, Hans entertains young Elsa with stories of his own experience of making his way in a Hans Christian Andersen - The Journey of His Life by Heinz Janisch is the beautiful story of the Danish writer's life, from his humble beginnings as a shoemaker's son, to one of the most beloved and prolific children's authors of all time. Narrated in the voice of Hans himself, the writer joins a little girl named Elsa and her mother in a carriage as the trio embark on a shared journey to Copenhagen. On the way, Hans entertains young Elsa with stories of his own experience of making his way in a world that was often cruel, to his ultimate destiny of imagining and writing some of the most fantastical and enduring fairy tales ever written. I have many fond memories of my mother reading these tales to me as a child, and I virtually hung on each and every magical word. The illustrations imagined by Maja Kastelic are simply sublime, and I was transported back to a time of innocence and wonder. This is a truly beautiful story that I would be thrilled to share with anyone who is longing to recapture some of the magic of childhood. Many thanks to NetGalley and North South Books Inc. for the opportunity to read this lovely book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley Janisch and Kastelic’s children’s book about the life Hans Christian Andersen is well done and beautifully illustrated. Janisch structures the story as one that Andersen himself is telling to a young girl as they ride to Copenhagen together in a carriage. The biography is very like Andersen’s “Fairy Tale of My life”. While the biography might be on the simplistic side, it is good and far from general. Andersen’s father’s PTSD is shown. The story of Andersen’s arri Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley Janisch and Kastelic’s children’s book about the life Hans Christian Andersen is well done and beautifully illustrated. Janisch structures the story as one that Andersen himself is telling to a young girl as they ride to Copenhagen together in a carriage. The biography is very like Andersen’s “Fairy Tale of My life”. While the biography might be on the simplistic side, it is good and far from general. Andersen’s father’s PTSD is shown. The story of Andersen’s arrival in Copenhagen is showcased with its brave strangeness. Andersen’s complex relationship with the Collins’ family, in particular Edvard, is not dealt with, but this is a children’s book so not that surprising; how could it be in such a format. Kastelic’s illustrations are beautiful. Not only do they showcase Odense and Copenhagen, but there are little details drawn from the tales. The style itself also reminds one of Andersen’s own tales. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This delightful, beautifully illustrated graphic novel shares Hans Christian Andersen's life story. Within the fictional framing device, he is riding in a carriage with a little girl and her mother, and begins telling this girl the fairy tale of his life. I found the narrow font difficult to read at times, and some of the transitions are a bit abrupt, but this is a wonderful introduction to this storyteller. The illustrations are radiant, with different colors and tones representing varied emoti This delightful, beautifully illustrated graphic novel shares Hans Christian Andersen's life story. Within the fictional framing device, he is riding in a carriage with a little girl and her mother, and begins telling this girl the fairy tale of his life. I found the narrow font difficult to read at times, and some of the transitions are a bit abrupt, but this is a wonderful introduction to this storyteller. The illustrations are radiant, with different colors and tones representing varied emotions, and in addition to sharing biographical information about Andersen, this book also summarizes of some of his best-known works. This will appeal to anyone who likes history, fairy tales, rags-to-riches stories, graphic novels, and inspiring, imaginative tales. I really enjoyed this book, and even though I wasn't sure what I would think of the fictionalized elements of this story, the framing device works well and gives Andersen a delightful narrative voice in this book, telling his story to a child. I remember reading a dry, boring, and drably illustrated biography of Andersen when I was a child, and I am glad that this book exists now to capture his life with soaring colors, creativity, and hopefulness. This is a great book, and readers shouldn't let the fictional elements turn them off from this appealing historical graphic novel. I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Rae Reads

    Thanks to Netgalley & NorthSouth Books for the eARC Such a cute and fascinating little book. I wanted a bit more from it, the story itself was quite short. The art was lovely though and my fascination with Hans Christian Anderson has definitely been ignited.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    *Thank you to the Publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I may be an adult, but this little book truly moved my imagination. I received a beautifully illustrated Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale collection for my fifth birthday and grew up reading these magical tales over and over again. Yet, I never knew a thing about the author, even though I happen to live and study in Copenhagen right now. This book gives children a unique opportunity to learn about their fa *Thank you to the Publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I may be an adult, but this little book truly moved my imagination. I received a beautifully illustrated Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale collection for my fifth birthday and grew up reading these magical tales over and over again. Yet, I never knew a thing about the author, even though I happen to live and study in Copenhagen right now. This book gives children a unique opportunity to learn about their favorite author - one which I didn't have until now. Not only does it give a solid background to the tales, but it is also a very motivational story. Through wonderfully illustrated pages of this book, we learn that Andersen came from an impoverished family and became wealthy and accomplished through his own hard work and determination. This is the kind of message I want to be reading to children; as an ESL tutor for little kids, I know very well just how much TV shows and books shape the young minds. The only suggestion I have is that in the story and illustrations, Andersen and the little girl Elsa have a bit of a strange relationship when read with the contemporary times in mind. He holds her hand at the beginning of the tale when they had just met, for example. This is not an appropriate message, nor something I would like to expose children to. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to any young fans of some of the most beautiful classical fairy tales - and the parents, too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    F

    Thanks to NETGALLEY for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. What an absolute delight! If I had more stars to give, I would. This is a beautifully illustrated and beautifully written perfect book full of light. It is told with enormous kindness and respect for the memory of Andersen and it will only leave you with the need to learn more and read more. I cannot wait to see what else both Heinz Janisch and Maja Kastelic work on in the future, and I will be definit Thanks to NETGALLEY for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. What an absolute delight! If I had more stars to give, I would. This is a beautifully illustrated and beautifully written perfect book full of light. It is told with enormous kindness and respect for the memory of Andersen and it will only leave you with the need to learn more and read more. I cannot wait to see what else both Heinz Janisch and Maja Kastelic work on in the future, and I will be definitely buying a copy of this for myself and my godchildren!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Reader Fox Blog | I've always loved reading the work of Hans Christian Andersen. Admittedly, some of his takes I find annoying or ridiculous, but tales such as The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina have always held a special place in my heart. While I'll definitely say that some of his stories haven't aged well, namely the ones in which women are merely objects to be won and married, others have been immortalized over the years and for very good reason. For me, Heinz Janisch's--illustrated by | Reader Fox Blog | I've always loved reading the work of Hans Christian Andersen. Admittedly, some of his takes I find annoying or ridiculous, but tales such as The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina have always held a special place in my heart. While I'll definitely say that some of his stories haven't aged well, namely the ones in which women are merely objects to be won and married, others have been immortalized over the years and for very good reason. For me, Heinz Janisch's--illustrated by Maja Kastelic--Hans Christian Andersen The Journey of His Life is a beautiful, cotton candy whimsical-esque biography for all ages. Andersen refers to his life as a fairytale of its own. He is always filled with magic and whimsy, and this shines through expertly in this very fanciful collection of pages. You truly feel as though you are taking a journey into the mind of this incredible storyteller as he relates the truths of his life to a young girl whilst sharing a carriage journey together. The illustrations are perfect for the story that the author weaves, capturing the true essence of the man and the work that he gave to the world. It also does an exceptional job of keeping readers engaged and will do well, I think, at capturing the attention of young readers in addition to adults. In many ways, you feel brought along on a magical journey through important moments and different fairytales as the story progresses. It's almost as though you are riding along in a flying trunk. I had a great time reading this book. Though I will say that it is not something I imagine myself reading often, it is definitely the sort of book I think would be fun to have around when I have children. Hans Christian Andersen gave the world a great deal of joy from his stories and I do not doubt that he will continue to do so for longer than I could fathom. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from North South Books Inc. through NetGalley Biography of Anderson's life told in story format. A young girl and her mother are traveling by coach to Copenhagen. An older man shares the carriage. Through conversations with the girl, Hans tells his life in story format. Janisch includes informative text at the end. Lovely illustrations bring this story to life as well as the fairy tales Anderson wrote and shared with the girl. I received an electronic ARC from North South Books Inc. through NetGalley Biography of Anderson's life told in story format. A young girl and her mother are traveling by coach to Copenhagen. An older man shares the carriage. Through conversations with the girl, Hans tells his life in story format. Janisch includes informative text at the end. Lovely illustrations bring this story to life as well as the fairy tales Anderson wrote and shared with the girl.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I thought I knew the story of Hans Christian Anderson, but this cute, lovely illustrated picture book proved me wrong. I had never heard that he wanted to be an actor, or that his father was a cobbler. The story, told from the point of view of the author to a young child, with both scenes of his life, as well as scenes from his many stories. The scenes of his childhood are colored in sepia tone, while his stories are in full color. The little girl, in the book, asks the sort of questions that a ch I thought I knew the story of Hans Christian Anderson, but this cute, lovely illustrated picture book proved me wrong. I had never heard that he wanted to be an actor, or that his father was a cobbler. The story, told from the point of view of the author to a young child, with both scenes of his life, as well as scenes from his many stories. The scenes of his childhood are colored in sepia tone, while his stories are in full color. The little girl, in the book, asks the sort of questions that a child might have, such as "what happened next". A good introduction to the author's life, for young children. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    H. C. Anderson’s Life, Told in Pictures This book details the life of Hans Christian Andersen told as a story-within-a-story. An elderly Hans is taking a carriage ride, and it also holds a young mother traveling with her daughter. The young girl is curious about the older gentleman and starts asking him questions. Eventually, he tells the tale of his life, starting with his early difficult years and extending through happier times. The author has also provided a couple of pages at the end that ha H. C. Anderson’s Life, Told in Pictures This book details the life of Hans Christian Andersen told as a story-within-a-story. An elderly Hans is taking a carriage ride, and it also holds a young mother traveling with her daughter. The young girl is curious about the older gentleman and starts asking him questions. Eventually, he tells the tale of his life, starting with his early difficult years and extending through happier times. The author has also provided a couple of pages at the end that have more information about Hans Christian Andersen’s life. The illustrator employed an interesting use of color in this book. In the parts where Hans is talking about his past, we see his former world in brown and sepia tones. When he discusses his fairy tales, the illustrations are bright and busy. When Hans is talking to the little girl in the coach, the pages have more medium tones. Interestingly, on the big, bold colorful pages, I thought the backgrounds looked better than the foregrounds. The illustrator was able to depict lovely, subtle shifts between colors in the backgrounds, but the figures and other objects in the foreground looked two dimensional. If you have a child who enjoys Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, this might be a fun book to share with him or her. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy’s books journey

    It was refreshing to hear about the man behind the wonderful stories we love. Pictures were well done and writing too. It was a nice story BUT since this is an illustrated book targeting kids mostly I have to say I’m not sure about two things: the calligraphy is too small AND there is too much text on every page or none where it would’ve help to space out the other pages with too many. I showed my own kids and they didn’t want to read it because it was too much text on certain pages and felt ove It was refreshing to hear about the man behind the wonderful stories we love. Pictures were well done and writing too. It was a nice story BUT since this is an illustrated book targeting kids mostly I have to say I’m not sure about two things: the calligraphy is too small AND there is too much text on every page or none where it would’ve help to space out the other pages with too many. I showed my own kids and they didn’t want to read it because it was too much text on certain pages and felt overwhelmed BUT they really loved the pictures tho :) Just my opinion tho :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    AM ENCHANTED BY THIS BOOK!!! Always love full colored books, but this one is a biography book. Am not a big fans of one, nevertheless presented as a comic book, with not as much as text, this one is interesting. Please do make time to read Hans C Andersen's life through this book, I really enjoyed it, and I believe you will too. I just reviewed Hans Christian Andersen by Heinz Janisch. #NewFromNorthSouth #NetGalley AM ENCHANTED BY THIS BOOK!!! Always love full colored books, but this one is a biography book. Am not a big fans of one, nevertheless presented as a comic book, with not as much as text, this one is interesting. Please do make time to read Hans C Andersen's life through this book, I really enjoyed it, and I believe you will too. I just reviewed Hans Christian Andersen by Heinz Janisch. #NewFromNorthSouth #NetGalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    What a unique and special way to tell the story of someone's life! Beautiful fairy tale illustrations to match. Really nice informative authors note. What a unique and special way to tell the story of someone's life! Beautiful fairy tale illustrations to match. Really nice informative authors note.

  18. 4 out of 5

    sam

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. this was really cute and i really enjoyed it!! the illustrations were amazing and i could see many people loving this :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    J

    Although I haven't read autobiography of Hans Christian Andersen this is one particular book that encourages me to learn more about the man who has brought us a bunch of singular and well-known fairy tales. This book is a graphic novel that explores the basic milestones of this famous author by setting him in a shared coach along with a mother and her young but curious child. As a result of him being questioned, Andersen explores his life by comparing it and its numerous similarities to the ele Although I haven't read autobiography of Hans Christian Andersen this is one particular book that encourages me to learn more about the man who has brought us a bunch of singular and well-known fairy tales. This book is a graphic novel that explores the basic milestones of this famous author by setting him in a shared coach along with a mother and her young but curious child. As a result of him being questioned, Andersen explores his life by comparing it and its numerous similarities to the elements that some of his fairy tale protagonists have to deal with. The writing is simple to understand, explores the life of an interesting man and also explores some concepts that may be confusingly complex. It allows the reader to also be able to put themselves into the world of Andersen and to see how fairy tales aren't just for the young but a story whose own similarities can be seen in our own lives as well even if we are only using them to mirror back others as well. The story includes a nice biographical page at the end about Andersen for those who may be interested to further learn about him while mentioning his autobiography called "The Fairy Tale of My Life" for those who are interested. What I really enjoyed about this, though, was the coloring palettes of the book. While he was talking about his own life the color palette was a bit on the dull and natural side. But when he started to tell his own story or relate the fairy tales the colors were bright and full of suggestions to all kinds of his famous tales although sadly "The Little Mermaid" wasn't mentioned in the telling. The only complaint I had for the illustrations was the fact that the illustration insisted upon sharp triangular long noses for all the characters. All in all it was a great introduction to one of the greatest authors that we have had in the fantasy world and one that would surely intrigue fairy tale fans no matter the age. **Please note I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This would be excellent to read alongside a collection of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. The author did an excellent job of presenting facts of Andersen's life within his own fictional and fantastical story. This would be a great addition to a school or personal library. This would be excellent to read alongside a collection of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. The author did an excellent job of presenting facts of Andersen's life within his own fictional and fantastical story. This would be a great addition to a school or personal library.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I enjoyed the telling through the illustrations of Hans telling a young girl how he grew up and mentions of the stories he wrote. The illustrations are really nice - a grayer colour for his childhood and bright colours for him talking and the mentions of stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean Lee

    We are devoted fans of Hans Christian Andersen here in our homeschool. My children have read through his original collection of short stories for children (translated to English, of course) and they loved this beautifully illustrated picture book when we read it together. The illustrator has created the most fanciful depictions of Andersen’s fairytales throughout the book. What a delight for children when they are able to identify and match the tale with the illustration! I have read many pictur We are devoted fans of Hans Christian Andersen here in our homeschool. My children have read through his original collection of short stories for children (translated to English, of course) and they loved this beautifully illustrated picture book when we read it together. The illustrator has created the most fanciful depictions of Andersen’s fairytales throughout the book. What a delight for children when they are able to identify and match the tale with the illustration! I have read many picture books about Hans Christian Andersen and I felt this one was unique in that it wasn’t a typical biography about him but rather a staged interaction between the great maestro and a curious, imaginative little girl. There is also a graphic novel feel to the picture book, as the narrative is told through dialogue. I feel it was a successfully done picture book - engaging, entertaining, and educational. Thank you to NetGalley and NorthSouth Books for supplying a review copy of this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    I requested and received an e-ARC from Heinz Janisch and North South Books Inc. through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Wow, what a beautiful and poignant story about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. I have always enjoyed reading Mr. Andersen’s fairy tales, they were some of my favorite stories as a child. I must admit that I did not know a lot about the life of Hans Christian Andersen. Thank you for writing this beautiful book and sharing the fairy tale journey of how a cobbler’ I requested and received an e-ARC from Heinz Janisch and North South Books Inc. through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Wow, what a beautiful and poignant story about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. I have always enjoyed reading Mr. Andersen’s fairy tales, they were some of my favorite stories as a child. I must admit that I did not know a lot about the life of Hans Christian Andersen. Thank you for writing this beautiful book and sharing the fairy tale journey of how a cobbler’s son became an internationally recognized writer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn Davey

    I liked this book about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. The illustrations were lovely and his story was told in a child friendly way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jane Miller

    "The most wonderful fairy tale is life itself. " Hans Christian Anderson With this quote Heinz Janisch sets the stage and takes us on a journey in which we learn of the many hardships Hans Christian Anderson endured as a young child.. Yet his father repeatedly took time to sit with him and read fairy tales. These fairy tales gave him the wings and courage to create new worlds for himself. As a young teen he went off on his own pursuing his dream to work in the theater.. Using the misfortune he s "The most wonderful fairy tale is life itself. " Hans Christian Anderson With this quote Heinz Janisch sets the stage and takes us on a journey in which we learn of the many hardships Hans Christian Anderson endured as a young child.. Yet his father repeatedly took time to sit with him and read fairy tales. These fairy tales gave him the wings and courage to create new worlds for himself. As a young teen he went off on his own pursuing his dream to work in the theater.. Using the misfortune he saw around him and the struggles he had he was able to create fairy tales that allowed for escape. His own and that of future generations. Thumbelina was born out of his own feelings of being tiny and helpless. He dreamed of flying away to a better place. The story of The Ugly Duckling was the story of his own life. As he grew he went from being the son of a poor cobbler to a world renown author. Truly life is the most wonderful fairy tale. #NewFromNorthSouth #NetGalley The publisher lists the books as appropriate for ages 4-8, I think it could also be very useful in a creative writing class which urges students to use their own experiences when they write.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Content: G On her way to Copenhagen with her mother, seven-year-old Elsa asks the man in their carriage a simple question. She learns that the man’s name is Hans and that he writes fairy tales. Elsa asks him to tell her a story, and Hans starts to tell her about a boy who learned how to fly. Janisch cleverly tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen by having Hans himself tell his story to a child, a role that Hans was adept with in life. As Hans tells his story, hope is given to each reader that Content: G On her way to Copenhagen with her mother, seven-year-old Elsa asks the man in their carriage a simple question. She learns that the man’s name is Hans and that he writes fairy tales. Elsa asks him to tell her a story, and Hans starts to tell her about a boy who learned how to fly. Janisch cleverly tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen by having Hans himself tell his story to a child, a role that Hans was adept with in life. As Hans tells his story, hope is given to each reader that, no matter our trials, we can find fairy tale qualities in our lives, too. The wonderful illustrations masterfully blur the lines between reality and fairy tale throughout the story, and they are my favorite part of the book. Reviewed for https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Buck

    This would be a great addition to any fairy tale unit with his life journey. The illustrations completed the story especially with the colour themes to designate different aspects of his journey.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A really good biography of Hans Christian Andersen. The wordless first page threw me, but as soon as a chirpy girl asks questions of him while they share a stagecoach to Copenhagen, we get a dialogue heavy picture book, that has some of the narrative qualities of a graphic novel. The text sometimes breaks away from what are more or less quick captions to a larger chunk of words, but it's all pleasantly pitched for the young reader, and even I as an adult didn't know how Andersen had started in c A really good biography of Hans Christian Andersen. The wordless first page threw me, but as soon as a chirpy girl asks questions of him while they share a stagecoach to Copenhagen, we get a dialogue heavy picture book, that has some of the narrative qualities of a graphic novel. The text sometimes breaks away from what are more or less quick captions to a larger chunk of words, but it's all pleasantly pitched for the young reader, and even I as an adult didn't know how Andersen had started in courtly theatres and stage performances. The art is really charming, and when a certain question lets us visit several of the man's more well-loved stories, shows this illustrator could easy be called on to design books of any one of them. It's no surprise this volume's creators have both won major awards in their careers – this smacks of class and a knowledge of what their audiences love. And adults coming here will only love the moral presented at the end of the afterword, as well. Wish I knew what all the 'Easter eggs' are, though.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mehvish Raza

    This is a very interesting read with a very good underlying message for the children. The story is about Hans who is a hard working boy who makes his dreams come true by working hard, taking risks and by being persistent. The narration is not as straightforward as I have seen in early reader books and there were instances where my 7 year old asked for clarifications. We enjoyed the twisted narration as I think it helped my daughter to concentrate more and to develop her own reasoning and logic a This is a very interesting read with a very good underlying message for the children. The story is about Hans who is a hard working boy who makes his dreams come true by working hard, taking risks and by being persistent. The narration is not as straightforward as I have seen in early reader books and there were instances where my 7 year old asked for clarifications. We enjoyed the twisted narration as I think it helped my daughter to concentrate more and to develop her own reasoning and logic about certain parts of the book. For example, when Hans was asked if he was old, his response was that he us both young and old. And then he explains what he means by that. The story also mentions some of the famous fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen (such as Thumbelina, princess and the pea and the ugly duckling) that most children have read and loved. This brings out another familiar aspect to the plot that children enjoy and can relate to. Lastly, the illustrations are simple yet magical. I would recommend this book for it challenges the young minds of the readers

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