Book Title:
The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories
Book Author:
Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Sanna Annukka
Publishing Date:
October 4th, 2016
Ten Speed Press
Date Read:
October 31st, 2016
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Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairy tale, The Snow Queen, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.

Hans Christian Andersen's magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is elevated from a children's book to a unique work of art. It is an ideal gift for people of all ages.

My Review

I’ve always loved fairy tales, although there are quite a few that I have yet to read.  The Snow Queen is an example of one such fairy tale – I have heard a lot of interesting things about it, and I know there are plenty of books and movies based off of this classic tale, but I have never read the original.  When I finally got a chance to pick it up (and in this case, it’s a beautiful illustrated edition), I jumped on it.

The length of The Snow Queen is quite short, and I read it over the course of about an hour.  The illustrations in this edition are simply beautiful, and they do add a bit of life to this tale.  If you haven’t read this fairy tale yet, and you are thinking of picking up a book that has it in, I would highly recommend choosing this one, as the illustrations and the beautiful cover alone make it a delightful book to have on your shelf.

So why the 3 star rating then?  Well, for some reason, I just couldn’t click with the book.  I found myself not really being able to be pulled into the fairy tale the way I had hoped. In general, even though this is a classic tale, I couldn’t enjoy it much for some reason – perhaps it was the style of writing or the weirdness of the tale, I’m not sure.

If you do like fairy tales, I would say to give this one a shot.  If you’ve already read the fairy tale and are a fan, definitely don’t miss this pretty edition of it, because it really would make a fabulous gift or just a nice addition to your shelves.  While I guess I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, I know I’ll definitely be reading this with my daughters when they both get a little older.

3 stars
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4 Responses to The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Sanna Annukka

  1. Ah, I might try this book, just for the illustrations. Illustrations always hook me in – if a book has great illustrations, there’s an 85% chance I’ll buy the book, just for the pictures!
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  2. Ali says:

    Whelp that’s it. I’m going and buying this book right now. I’ve been eyeing it and it’s just too pretty not to have! I used your Amazon link, in hopes you’ll get some kickbacks!
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