Patron ReviewThis was an interesting book about a little-known talent of the author Hans Christian Andersen. It told facts about his life and showed many of his beautiful, elaborate paper-cuttings.Emily
Summary: The life of story teller and artist Hans Christian Anderson described, from birth to death, with special focus on his development as and artist and his creation of intricate paper cuttings.Review: Personal in detail, yet very objective and grounded in research, this is a great biography. Those who have only every known Anderson as a story teller will be amazed at the intricate paper cuttings he created that were prized by his friends and acquaintances. Horn book says it well in their review, "The text is thoughtful, informative, and well written, and the reader will want to pore over the black-and-white photographs of these small works that give insight into the mind of a great writer." Positive SLJ review as well, "An unusual book that combines biography and creativity".Susan Rose
First off if you look at this book as a collection of images of the paper cuttings that Andersen created it works well as a picture book or coffee table book. However if you are looking for in depth additional information you have the wrong book. All in all I was looking for an introduction into the life of Hans Christian Andersen with some biographical information with pictures of his artwork, this book achieved that. However I think even for a children’s book I would have liked more details, at least more than 80 pages worth (some of those taken up by full page photographs).The book is written more like a fairy tale than a non fiction factual book which makes it a very easy read and I’m sure would make it great to read to a child.There are good quotes in the book for example on the subject of Hans Christina Andersen’s thoughts on great men:‘He believed he understood how to become one ‘First you go through a terribly hard time, and then you become famous”.As this was a children’s non fiction title I was not expecting a comprehensive biography of Hans Christian Anderson and his artwork but I was expecting more. Rating 3.5/5Marian
I never knew that Hans Christian Andersen was a paper cutting artist. I thought this book would be interpretations of his fairy tales by other artists. He lived in a simpler time when people made their own entertainments and this was a popular pastime.Machim
Children's BooksBarb Bailey
Young adult, easy reader. Informative with delightful paper cuttings.Patricia
I'm that kind of nerd.The kind that owns all of HCA's writings and has read most of them (as fucked up as they are).And now, I'm going to take note of the themes in his insane paper-cuttings and compare him to the themes of his stories.For fun.Why am I single? I do not know.Alright, just flipped through it....This is some freaky shit.I nub it.