Genre: Fiction, Classic, Fairytale, Children’s
Once there was a little mermaid who fell in love with a human boy . . . The story may be familiar, but Lisbeth Zwerger’s art makes this fairytale seem brand-new. This Jubilee edition, celebrating 200 years of Hans Christian Andersen, is superbly illustrated in Zwerger’s signature style. Known for her popular and award-winning editions of classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, Zwerger is herself the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for lasting contributions to children’s literature. The Little Mermaid is sure to win her new fans, and to delight her old ones.
The text is an all-new translation by Anthea Bell, and includes many lovely and poignant details that may be new to even those who think they know the little mermaid’s story well.
A short read therefore please don’t expect this to be a long review. My ebook edition was less than 100 pages!
This is a story that everyone who grew up watching Disney films will know, a story of a little mermaid who falls in love with a handsome prince and wants to be human so that she can be with him (isn’t that always the way). However if you were expecting this to be a magic tale where everything is nicely wrapped up then you are wrong. Although there are aspects of this book which do resemble the film there are so many more darker parts to this that make this a very strange book in places. It does show though what some people will do for love and that is nice but it also shows that not everything can go your way no matter how much you want it.
There are some parts of this book which make me question the prince’s love for the mermaid, for example he allows her to sleep on the floor by the door…that’s strange right? He treats her the same way you would treat a dog but hey this is a children’s fairy tale so lets just ignore this part and go to the nice happy parts. Mermaids exist, they can grow underwater gardens and they live in a palace which sounds beautiful!
I would recommend this book, it is a very short read (less than half an hour) and yet you can see how dark the original Disney movies started out, I will definitely be reading more to find out how some of the others really were!
Summing up: Short but a lovely story