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The Emperor's New Clothes Hardcover – September 9, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

This fresh rendering of Andersen's oft-told tale wittily underlines the "unforgivably silly" nature of the duped emperor and his fawning court. Mendelson's ( Stupid Emilien ) spare text twinkles with a mischievous irony ("Once upon a time there was an emperor who was much loved. Mostly by himself"), echoed in the humorously resplendent artwork: the emperor, a gorilla, consults with a council of chameleons; weasel spies in dark glasses are everywhere; and veiled harem seals shimmy sweetly. Luxuriously swathed, the emperor awaits delivery of a "rich and rare" new ensemble from his tailor, a rat famous for fashions that "can only be seen by those of highest distinction." When the emperor parades forth clad in nothing but a girdle "there arose only a shocked silence"--until a child blurts out the obvious truth. Mendelson's telling is both fun and hard-hitting, and while some of his sophisticated satire may go unnoticed by young readers, they will warm to his animal characters, his bountiful palette and the ornate opulence of his artwork. The final scenes of the near naked gorilla are a delight. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 2 - A menagerie of animals and a clown-faced Emperor drawn in Rowe's distinctive style populate this version of Andersen's classic tale. It is a modern and succinct retelling that works well for sharing aloud. The story is shortened but otherwise is mostly faithful to the original, except for a surprise ending in which the Emperor joins the crowd in laughing at himself. However, Rowe's highly unusual illustrations are the main attraction, and perhaps also the drawback, to this book. The artwork is full of Bosch-like details, and it is sometimes difficult to tell what is going on. Some children may delight in the rosy-cheeked populace, but others may be put off by their eccentricity. Yet the depiction of the naked Emperor prancing and posing is delightfully expressive. Many other illustrated versions of this story are available, making this one an additional purchase. - Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Minedition; First Edition edition (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698400003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698400009
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,011,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The format of this book and the others like them give a young reader a very enjoyable experience. The adult side helps to embellish the story but the children's side lets a new reader be part of the story not just a listener. Our first grader takes great pride in his part of the book and seems to have better comprehension. These are a great find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my little sister, she is 9 and thought it was the funnist book she had ever heared of. She really liked the part were the emporer.... well I won't give the ending away. But, I hope you enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Anderson's classic tale of the Emperor has taken a new twist with an elegance never before found in art work. The setting has changed to the early 1900's with cars, planes, pet dogs as part of royalty. I think it will appeal to a mature audiance. One could browse the pages as if they were a museum.

The dogs are a marvelous touch. Looking under a stand-up mirror is an adorable belly-up dog watching the emperor as he puts on his magnificant clothes. All one sees of the emperor at this point are two bare feet. Two pups are gleefully making off with the emperor's cocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bess Kuzma on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This version of the Emperor's New Clothes cleverly avoids the inherent challenge of how to portray the naked Emperor at the end of the story by having all of the characters be animals. Other recent versions even show him wearing underwear - a solution to the challenge, but in my mind, not true to the original tale. The illustrations are fabulous, and the moral of the story is still the same - an important one for both children and adults.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on April 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The emperor has no clothes but don't tell anyone else about it. You may be stupid or unfit for your position. This book has great illustrations and a great retelling. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I found the Read it! Readers series of books at our local library. The "Read-It! Readers" series of books begin with the Purple Level which presents basic topics and objects using high frequency words and simple language patterns. The Red Level books present familiar topics using common words and repeating sentence patterns. The Blue Level books present new ideas using a larger vocabulary and varied sentence structure. The Yellow Level presents more challenging ideas, a broad vocabulary, and wide variety in sentence structure. The Green Level books present more complex ideas, a more advanced vocabulary, and more complex language structures.

The story and illustrations are interesting and visually pleasing respectively. The story here is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale. The sentence structure is more varied and there are some advanced vocabulary. My 5-year-old daughter needed extra help with this book and we reviewed the vocabulary after reading. Overall, a good beginning reader to challenge young children with some intermediate reading skills, especially those with an interest in classic fairy tales.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Raven on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Generally, I do not care for audio books; many of the readers speak in a dull voice that rapidly drives me either away from the story or to sleep. However, there are a few exceptions; this is one.
Understand, that this is not the normal audio book; this edtion has a large cast of actors who collaborated to produce this item as a fund raiser for Starbright.
The result is an ensemble piece that is witty and charming. Part of the fun for me, was guessing who was reading before looking at the cast list included in the box.
Other folks feel that this isn't for children; I don't know as I don't have children, but I found that my "inner child" was highly entertained for 40 minutes with this tape.
If you are a fan of one or more of the actors in this edition or like puns (there are many here!), then you will probably like the Starbright edtion of the Emporer's New Clothes.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't buy for a young child to read... battling the symbols (meaning/pronunciation and size - especially on Kindle) was frustrating.
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