THE RED SHOES AND OTHER TALES
Published by Papercutz 2015
Premiered at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 with an Exclusive Advance Edition
Official UK launch at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival October 17th-18th 2015
Scottish Book Trust Teens' Book of the Month for December 2015
There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor, so poor she had to go barefoot. Her name was Karen. She loved to dance. When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in. One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes. The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she would never have imagined in her wildest dreams, or nightmares. This fresh take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic "The Red Shoes" is a tale of hope, obsession and guilt, retold and lavishly illustrated by Eisner-award-nominated Metaphrog. This volume also includes Metaphrog’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Match Girl” and an original story, “The Glass Case”.
Full colour | 7"x7.5" Quarter-Bound Hardcover | 64 pages | ISBN: 978-1-62991-283-7
Hope, joy, and pain intermingle in these dark, alluring stories, which may leave readers thinking of Andersen as a precursor to modern horror.
-- Publishers Weekly Full review
A darkly pensive read, perfect for chilly fall evenings.
-- Kirkus Reviews Full review
Three timeless stories receive visually beautiful
and cogent treatment in this comics collection.
The Red Shoes has been a classic cautionary tale of desires and responsibilities for generations, and here it is interpreted wonderfully, a mixture of pathos and delight, magical wonder and dark undercurrents...
-- Forbidden Planet Blog Full review
The illustrations in the novel are creative and well done, bringing a more modern style to the original tale.
-- The Guardian Children's Books Full review
Dark, mysterious, completely entrancing and easily the best adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale that we've ever seen.
-- Read it Daddy! Full review
The Red Shoes And Other Tales is a beautiful book by Metaphrog telling three bittersweet stories that really are suitable for all ages.
-- downthetubes.net Full review
A beautiful but haunting fairy tale brought to stunning visual life.
-- Broken Frontier Full review
Wonderful work wonderfully presented and highly recommended!
-- Paul Gravett
Bravo, basically... They’ve poured their substantial hearts into this and it shows.
-- Page 45 Full review