Author(s): Brian Alderson
Luminous illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline combine with Brian Alderson's wry retelling for a gorgeous edition of a well-loved tale. A childless woman visits a witch, who gives her a barleycorn - and hidden in its bloom is a tiny girl. For one so small, life is full of misadventures, as Thumbelina floats through the pages like a wisp on the wind, encountering kind and unkind creatures in succession. But old Mrs Toad with her 'rek-kek-kek' and the alarming Man in Grey cannot crush her spirits, and Thumbelina's gentle concern for a winged soul in need paves the way to her freedom and happiness. In a warm, witty retelling accessible to younger children, Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a girl no bigger than a thumb is lavishly illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Showcasing art evocative of Victorian storybooks - with a touch of the dreamlike Rousseau - this is truly a breathtaking edition of a treasured classic. The book is gorgeously illustrated by the versatile Bagram Ibatoulline. This wry, accessible retelling leaves Anderson's original tone intact. It is a wonderfully collectable book to treasure and share.
Brian Alderson is an esteemed children's book author, critic and curator whose translation of some of his favourite Anderson tales was published as The Swan's Stories, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Brian Alderson lives in Yorkshire. Bagram Ibatoulline graduated from the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow and has illustrated numerous picture books, including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Hana in the Time of Tulips. Born in Russia, he now lives in New Jersey, USA.