The Emperor’s new Clothes

The story of the vain emperor has always been one of Andersen’s most popular fairy tales. It has often been illustrated, but seldom as boldly as by Vitali Konstantinov – and never with pull-out flaps. Thanks to this technique, the pictures show not only what the emperor’s subjects are pretending to look at but also what they are really looking at: a naked emperor!

Andersen’s satiric tale exposing the vanity and falseness of the rich and the powerful was first published in 1837 and has made the less pretentious and especially children laugh out loud ever since. This popular story is now nearly 200 years old – in fact, it dates back to an old Spanish collection of stories from the early 14th century.

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Vitali Konstantinov

Vitali Konstantinov was born in Odessa. He studied applied arts and art history in the Soviet Union and in Germany, where most of his illustrated works have been published. His books have been awarded repeatedly. Vitali Konstantinov lives in Germany as a free-lance artist and university lecturer.

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s (1805–1875) fairy tales and stories were worldwide bestsellers in his lifetime and have been ever since.

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