Monday, August 18, 2014

The Fisherman and his Wife by Renate Raecke & Jonas Lauströer

The Fisherman and his Wife by Renate Raecke (Author), Jonas Lauströer (Author) was released last year in the UK but hasn't been released in the US. You can only purchase it through third party sellers stateside.

Book description:

Captivating story of an enchanted prince granting free wishes.

Atmospheric illustrations by Jonas Lauströer.

Handsome edition; an ideal gift book.

The perennial Grimm fairy tale of a fisherman, his greedy wife and a magical flounder.

With a striking contemporary twist and atmospheric illustrations, this is a story relevant for all ages.

The interesting twist in the story--spoiler alert!--is that as the wife makes more grandiose requests, the world becomes more polluted. The book appears to be set in the past at first and then firmly establishes that we are in modern day. The wife eerily resembles Queen Elizabeth II. Not being political, I can't really comment on that, but the resemblance is unmistakable. The publisher, minedition, states that this is a bestseller in the UK, but it doesn't have any reviews on the Amazon UK site to see what some of the readers think of it. Overall, a fascinating take on a traditional tale.


  1. I have to say I have never heard of this book, and as a children's bookseller I should have done if it's a best seller! It is on our website but not in stock, neither is it in any of our shops. No reviews either. I think they may be overplaying their sales LOL.
    It looks like an interesting take on the environmental message. And yes, that is definitely an unflattering picture of our Queen! It looks like Prince Philip in a crown.

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