The Little Mermaid

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"Before the anodyne days demanding a feel-good-
factor Hollywood ending, children’s fairy tales were scary tales through and through, and we should
all rejoice that the likes of Metaphrog are rekindling that fire and brimstone both here and in THE RED SHOES."
-- Page 45

"You're going to love this beautifully illustrated version of your favorite fairytale."


"A thing of beauty... replete with detail and dazzling in execution... It truly is breath-taking at times. A book that just hits you with the most colourful
and visual drama, yet retains a soul to match. Probably the best edition of the story in 180 years…"

-- The Bookbag

“A delight to both look at and read and, for those who have enjoyed Metaphrog’s previous Hans Christian Andersen adaptations, this is quite probably their best yet.”

"Stunningly told and a visual spectacle too,
"The Little Mermaid" once again feels fresh, vibrant and enchanting under Metaphrog's expert hands.”
-- ReadItDaddy



Scottish Book Trust April Teens' Book of the Month

BookTrust 'Books we like: June 2017'

Published by Papercutz April 4th 2017

The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, and authors of the acclaimed The Red Shoes and Other Tales.

The Little Mermaid lives deep under the ocean and longs to see the world above. When at last she is allowed to rise to the surface at age fifteen, she falls in love with a young prince. In order to become a human and to be with him, she makes a dangerous pact with the Sea Witch.

Full colour | 7"x7.5" Clothbound Hardcover | 80 pages | ISBN: 978-1629917399

"The lushest thing they've done... reinvents the tale as a swimmy, gorgeous version of beauty and despair."
-- Teddy Jamieson in The Sunday Herald
Books Interview Feature

"An arresting graphic novel... Roaring Twenties styling, jewel-bright turquoise waters and a beguiling sense of wonder permeate this radiant little book."
-- The Guardian Review, Children's roundup

"[A] graceful, lyrical eye-catching addition to graphic novel and fairy tale collections."

“A haunting story, magical and tinged with sadness, beautifully illustrated and lovingly retold in graphic novel form by the ever-brilliant Metaphrog.”
-- Bryan and Mary Talbot, Costa Book Award winners

"A glorious retelling of one my favourite stories. Beautiful pictures, and the text is true to Hans Christian Andersen's original tale. Well done, Metaphrog!"
-- Best-selling author Vivian French

"The macabre and sorrowful nature of old fairy tales has an enduring appeal. Metaphrog's lovely illustration of the classic tale features deep, jewel-like hues and all the underwater magic you could hope for."
-- BookTrust

"With exquisite illustrations and vibrant storytelling, The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale worth believing in."
-- David Gallaher, THE ONLY LIVING BOY 

“A stunning adaptation … magical illustration using gorgeous colours and a depth of textures and print usually seen in children’s books… 80 pages of maintaining this standard of artwork would have been no mean feat!... You’ve not fully experienced the story of the Little Mermaid until you’ve read the Metaphrog version.”
Broken Frontier

"The team create entire underwater kingdoms and earthly palaces of luminous beauty, dramatizing each beat of the mermaid’s tale... an experience that will profoundly affect young readers and stay with them."

"In Metaphrog’s Little Mermaid we have a glorious, beautiful, touching, warm, sad and yet inspiring version... this is pure comics enchantment for both young and for the adult... Buy it for your children, your nephews and nieces, read it with them, then after they go to sleep, read it again yourself, because it is too lovely for just the kids."
-- Forbidden Planet Blog

The Red Shoes and Other Tales

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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" Clothbound 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.

-- Booklist

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.
-- 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

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Winters Tales


Published by Metaphrog in December 2013

Limited edition (of 200), signed and numbered comic comprising two graphic shorts: The Glass Case and The Little Match Girl, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Full colour | A5 booklet | 20 pages | OUT OF PRINT

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Published by Metaphrog and FatCat Records 2000-2011

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Highly Commended for the Scottish Children's
Book Awards 2011

Eisner Award nominee: Best Coloring 2011 | Best Graphic Album New 2001 | Best Title for a Younger Audience 2001

YALSA 2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Longlist

Leeds Graphic Novel Awards Shortlist 2011

Ignatz Awards Nominee: Best New Talent 2001

A delightful all-ages tale of Louis' quest for adventure, Red Letter Day is the sort of comic book that draws you into its world. It's a distinctive work, fully envisioned and not in the least imitative, and has the potential of becoming a children's classic.
-- Comics Buyer's Guide

A deliberate blend of delightful and disturbing.
-- The Herald

Metaphrog's deep story will have readers contemplating its images and events long after they've reached the final page.
-- Publishers Weekly

Metaphrog give their work the feel of a great children's book. Louis himself is cut from the same cloth as Charlie Brown and Jimmy Corrigan.
-- The Comics Journal

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