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The Emperor's New Clothes : An All-Star…

The Emperor's New Clothes : An All-Star Retelling of the Classic Fairy…

by Starbright Foundation

Other authors: Hans Christian Andersen, Steven Kellogg (Contributor)

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A hilarious story about an emperor who could not see the lies right in front of him because of the piles of truth heaped upon him. Silly, sweet, and full of an interesting cast of characters.
  gradschool14 | Jan 15, 2014 |
This fairy tale is humorous and sarcastic. Its emphasis is on self-centeredness, vanity, and frivolousness. We can all be in a situation where we feel insecure to express our opinion and decide rather to go with the flow. The main character is the king of a small country. He is not very interested in his state and citizens. He loves to spend all his time and fortune on nice clothes. Two charlatans find out about the king’s weakness for fashion. They decide to play on the typical human characteristic that no one is willing to show lack of intelligence. During the parade for the king to show off his new clothes a child from the crowd awakens the common sense of others by stating the fact that the king is naked. For the king, who was already suspicious for his appearance, there is nothing left but to walk to the end of his parade. Kids could have good fun reading this classic fairy tale. ( )
  Golijanin | Nov 28, 2010 |
This is a fictional story. The illustrations are done in bright watercolors. The content of the book is about an emporer who gets tricked into wearing the "finest clothes" in all the land. The two men pretend to make the clothes and dress him. They tell him the clothes are invisible to anyone who is stupid or unfit, the emporer cannot see them, but he pretends to so that no one will think he is stupid. He parades around the town in his invisible new clothes and everyone but him realizes that he really is wearing nothing. The reading level of this book is second to third grade. Some curricular connections could be new clothes, swindlers, and fairy tales.
  eakoepke | Apr 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0151004366, Hardcover)

Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes," first published in 1837, has been told and retold in hundreds of ways, but never, ever by such a star-studded cast of scribes and artists as this. Sure, we still get the vainglorious, fashion-obsessed Emperor who is duped into parading down the street in an "invisible suit of clothes." And, of course, we still welcome the Honest Boy, the only one with enough gumption to point out that the Emperor's fancy-pants birthday suit is exactly that--a birthday suit. In this quirky, comical version, however, the story is crafted from the diverse, occasionally vulgar, often charming narrative perspectives of the Emperor's entire entourage--from his servants to the Spinning Wheel to the Imperial Dresser's spectacles to His Royal Highness's own underwear--all of whom have very good, self-invested reasons for not wanting to reveal that the Emperor's new clothes are nonexistent, however expensive. A smart-alecky moth, drawn by the beloved illustrator Quentin Blake, ironically patches holes in the piecemeal narrative with smoothing, if not soothing, transitions.

Each snippet of story--doused in shameless punnery--is performed on the audio CD by one of 23 celebrities, including Jay Leno (the Moth), Madonna (the Empress), Fran Drescher (the Heralding Horn), Jeff Goldblum (the Imperial Wizard), Robin Williams (the Court Jester), and Calvin Klein (the Emperor's Underwear). The Honest Boy? Steven Spielberg himself, the creative director of this ambitious enterprise designed to benefit the Starbright Foundation for seriously ill children. If the startling display of glitterati isn't enough to spark your interest, then the truly astounding, fresh, full-page art of 23 preeminent children's book illustrators (including Maurice Sendak, Mark Teague, Chris Van Allsburg, Tomie dePaola, and William Joyce) surely will. The bumblingly hilarious accents of the celebrity narrators, combined with the whimsical and eclectic musical effects, make this quite an auditory treat. Though the words on the pages and those on the audio CD don't exactly match, the combined experience of a favorite old story, clever narrative play, gorgeous artwork, and just plain silliness will amuse kids ages 8 to 108. (Click to see inside art from the book! © 1998 The STARBRIGHT Foundation) --Karin Snelson

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Andersen's classic fairy tale retold from different points of view by twenty-three celebrities and depicted by twenty-three illustrators.

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