Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life by Heinz Janisch, 56 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. NorthSouth Books, 2020. $19.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
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.
Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen
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