THE LITTLE MERMAID
Scottish Book Trust April Teens' Book of the Month
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
“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
"With exquisite illustrations and vibrant storytelling, The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale worth believing in."
-- David Gallaher, THE ONLY LIVING BOY
"The lushest thing they've done... reinvents the tale as a swimmy, gorgeous version of beauty and despair."
-- Teddy Jamieson in The Sunday Herald
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“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
“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.”
"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