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In Fairyland

The Finest of Tales by the Brothers Grimm

Illustrated by Hans Fischer
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A beautiful collection of fairy tales with illustrations from the beloved Swiss illustrator, Hans Fischer.

Hans Fischer, the beloved Swiss illustrator known as “Fis,” illustrated a large number of children’s books in his lifetime, the best known being Pitschi and The Birthday

His illustrations, drawn with precision and humor, bring utter delight to these finest of tales by the Brothers Grimm: “The Musicians of Bremen,” “Riff-Raff,” the little-known illustrations Rum-Pum-Pum (A Fairyland Parade), “Puss in Boots” based on Charles Perrault, “Red Riding Hood,” “Lucky Hans,” “The Hare and the Hedgehog,” “The Brave Little Tailor,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Seven Ravens.”

This collection is a treat for the whole family.


Praise for Pitschi (Hans Fischer):

Horn Book Fanfare Best Book in 1954

“. . . enchanting . . . Sophisticated simplicity realizes the true art form. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

About The Author

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories into literary form.

About The Illustrator

Hans Fischer, who always signed himself as Fis, was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1909. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts Industriels in Geneva and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich and also attended courses taught by Ferdinand Léger in Paris. He collaborated on the satirical weekly Nebelspalter. From 1937 on he worked in Zürich as a commercial artist, a set designer for the legendary Cabaret Cornichon, and an illustrator. Until 1955 he also painted twenty-two murals for public buildings. In addition to these activities, he worked on illustrated books, lithographs, and etchings. Out of these emerged a magical world of animals and goblins, mysterious, poetic, and funny. Fischer died in 1958.

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Raves and Reviews

"Artwork by iconic Swiss illustrator “Fis” sets this selection of the Grimms’ classic tales apart."

– Publishers Weekly

"A sprightly collection of perennially entertaining Grimm tales introduces Fischer’s brilliant illustrations to a new generation."

– Kirkus Reviews

This large, attractive volume of fairy tales showcases the illustrations of Fischer, a Swiss painter, engraver, and cartoonist who studied with Paul Klee and had a flair for drawing animals with energy and wit...A handsome book of fairy tales. 

– Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

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