Kejsarens nya kläder
This is for me a favorite version of Andersen's great story because it is so frank about the Emperor's nudity. The cover's image is the same as that on the title-page, and both are explicit about showing him naked except for shoes and crown. I wonder if one could publish this book in the USA. The artist has fun with this story start to finish. Consider the first double image. While the emphasis is on the Emperor, there is so much going on. A rat looks on from above while another is running across the top of the wall. A pig is eating a piece of carrot. A child has a hand in a pail. A dog chases a rooster. People are doing things everywhere, except perhaps for the sleepy guards. This Emperor has a very sloppy room, littered with clothes and food and leftovers from food. The artist is also careful with people's eyes, as with those of the Emperor when he later looks at himself in the mirror before he wears his new outfit. The last pages are the best, with their enjoyment of the Emperor's not-so-special body. In a last picture, the wise child looks over the Emperor's shoulder as he writes. Good fun!
Bonnier Carlsen Bokförlag