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Emperor Penguin's New Clothes, The

illustrated by Janet Perlman

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1994
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 18
  • Grade: 2 to 12


The Emperor Penguin loves new clothes. So the chance to have a suit made from magic cloth is too tempting for him to pass up. This penguinized retelling of the popular Hans Christian Andersen tale will leave everyone blushing just like the Emperor Penguin when he appears in the grand parade -- wearing only his crown!

About the author

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and illustrator of funny children’s books and a director of funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes.As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and film, but as an art student, she found her passion for telling stories through her drawings. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork in the computer. The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes is one of a trilogy of penguinized retellings of fairy tales, which include Cinderella Penguin, and The Penguin and the Pea. Two of her books are based on animated films she made at the National Film Board of Canada: Cinderella Penguin (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin) and The Delicious Bug (Dinner For Two).

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Editorial Reviews

Perlman puts yet another twist on a classic with this satisfying retelling. One can never have too many versions of a story that gives the pompous their comeuppance and shows the honest innocence of the very young. This one is fun!

School Library Journal

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