HERE’S A CONTEMPORARY retelling of Andersen’s tale, revamped and fleshed out for today’s hip tweens. As she did in Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Tale), Ensor re-imagines this classic, adding her own inimitable humor, flair, and stylish black-and-white silhouette spot illustrations. Thumbelina is that story most of us can’t quite remember. Okay, sure, it’s about a tiny girl just the size of your thumb. But did you know that her troubles (or adventures, if you prefer) begin when she begs her mother to let her sleep outside on the porch? And that in no time she is engaged to a frog, and then a mole, and even receives a proposal from a miniature king?
About Barbara Ensor
Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), the Danish author and poet, is most famous for his beloved fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and Thumbelina.
Barbara Ensor is the author-illustrator of Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story), hailed in the New York Times as “truly divine.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 15, 2008: "Ensor revisits Andersen's tale and gives it a feminist touch . . . [and] her expressive collage cutouts have tons of charm."