Grimm’s Fairy Tales Book Illustrated by Yann Legendre


It’s about time I get around to a long overdue review of one of the most impressive illustrated books I’ve come across in a long time, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, visually re-imagined by illustrator Yann Legendre and published by Rockport Publishing as part of their Classics Reimagined series.


While I got my hands on this book a while ago, part of the reason it has taken me so long to discuss it is that I’ve been spending so much time looking at it and reading it with my kids. It’s a perfect example of a publication as a beautiful object to behold in an era where the internet has created so many challenges for print. It looks great, feels great and offers a refreshing take on old classics that have been covered so many times before to a lesser degree.


Illustrator Yann Legendre’s images strike the perfect balance between honoring the classic nature of the stories in this collection while taking things in a fresh, bold and sometimes surreal direction. Every page turn offers another surprise, which is exactly what a great book should do.

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I highly recommend picking up a copy of this version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales as both a great book and an art object in its own right. I can’t wait to dig into the other releases in Rockport’s Classics Reimagined series.

Get your copy and check out more titles in this series here.

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6 Comments on “Grimm’s Fairy Tales Book Illustrated by Yann Legendre”

  1. August 7, 2015 at 2:25 am #


  2. jennaknouse
    August 7, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    I appreciate the post of Illustration Age. This blog inspires me every time I visit.

    • August 7, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Thanks Jenna! That’s exactly what we try to do here, so we appreciate your feedback.

    • August 10, 2015 at 4:30 am #

      I agree with this.

  3. August 11, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Adding this book to the list I really think the illustrations are top notch. They have a very woodcut / linocut feel to them. very cool thanks for sharing.

  4. October 8, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Thanks Thomas! I’m glad you liked the book.


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