A Wild Edition of "The Wild Swans" December 21, 2011 – Tags: accordion fold, book arts, fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Simply Read Books, Thomas Aquinas Maguire
The Wild Swans recounts the story of a princess who sets out to rescue her eleven brothers who have been turned into swans by their wicked stepmother and forced to fly away. The tale was first published in 1838 in the compilation Fairy Tales Told for Children. New Collection by Hans Christian Anderson.
An amazing new wordless version of the famous tale is now available. Illustrated by noted toy designer Thomas Aquinas Maguire and published by Simply Read Books. Maguire has transformed the literary tale into a unfolding visual feast.
Bound accordion style the book extends to over 60 feet! The illustrations were drawn in 8-feet-long sections and were then married in Photoshop. The book was artfully designed by Robin Mitchell-Cranfield.
This visual rendering is accompanied by a separate booklet which reprints the original tale and is laid into a pictorial folding box with a magnetic flap.
Clearly a beautiful production of a classic work and hard to beat for $24.95.