Friday, March 12, 2021

Review of "Classics Illustrated Junior: The Emperor’s New Clothes," by Hans Christian Andersen

 Review of

Classics Illustrated Junior: The Emperor’s New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen

Five out of five stars

One of the best fairy tales of all time

 This is one of the best fairy tales of all time and my personal favorite. It is one of the best demonstrations of mass human folly, where no one is willing to state the truth, even when it is as visually real as possible.

 The premise is that there is a kingdom ruled by a very vain Emperor that always wants to wear the finest of clothes. Two con artists convince him that they will make a suit so spectacular, that only a fool will not be able to see it. Pretending to weave invisible thread into cloth and then pretending to cut that cloth into clothing, the supposed end result is the finest garments ever created.

 Although there are supposed viewings of the garments before they are presented to the public in a big parade, no one, including the Emperor, is willing to admit that they cannot see them. The parade takes place, and the Emperor walks the streets in his underwear. Finally, a naïve child blurts out the obvious, there is a pause, and then everyone talks about the Emperor’s lack of clothing.

 This tale has ramifications in many areas of human endeavor, any activity where there is peer pressure to conform. It is a wonderful story, told in the form of a comic book that is accessible to the early elementary school child.

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