Published by Minedition in 2012 this is a collection of previously published stories and a few new yarns, including The Frog King or Iron Henry, The Brave Little Tailor, Briar Rose, The Poor Millers’ Boy and the Little Cat, and Hans My Hedgehog.

For those who don’t know Zwerger’s work, Lisbeth Zwerger is renowned as one of the finest contemporary illustrators of children’s literature, and has been recipient of  every recognition an illustrator can be given, including the most prestigious of all, The Hans Christian Andersen Medal (1990 and 2011) as well as special recognition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her books have often been among ”The Best Illustrated Books of the Year,” as selected by the New York Times.

In her earlier works, was also deeply influenced by illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) from Victorian period in the 19th century. She was renowned for her classical characters, pen-and-ink and limited color palette style. Her influence can be seen in The Seven Ravens and Hansen and Gretel (published in 1979 and 1981), which are included in Tales From the Brothers Grimm.

Hansel and Gretel is  done mostly in purples and browns.

But gradually, she developed her own style: bright colors, delicate strokes and a lot of blank. With the addition of watercolor brighter colors and gouache on colored and white papers her lines becomes gentle and soft.
She also loves working with negative space and her scenes always seem to be drawn from strange viewpoints (either above the scene of action or below it), with unusual perspectives and filled with an ethereal and whimsy effect.

In Zwerger’s style drawing is the base, the structure that supports all the illustrations and is for this reason that has to be concrete and exact, and at the same time it appears elegant, soft and ethereal.