The Red Shoes and Other Tales: Buzz


Hope, joy, and pain intermingle in these dark, alluring stories, which may leave readers thinking of Andersen as a precursor to modern horror.

Publishers Weekly

A darkly pensive read, perfect for chilly fall evenings.
— Kirkus Reviews

Though the simplicity of line and verbal content are both elegant and accessible, the combination of fairly unhappy endings and pleasant yet wooden expressions cultivates an eerie, vaguely unsettling atmosphere. A worthwhile addition to collections of graphic adaptations of classic works.

— Booklist

‘The illustrations in the novel are creative and well done, bringing a more modern style to the original tale’

— the Guardian

Wonderful work wonderfully presented and highly recommended!

— Paul Gravett

Metaphrog have a blisteringly huge amount of talent and it’s been poured into this collection with heart and gusto. Mark our words, just watch this win a ton of awards.

Read It Daddy!

The Red Shoes has been a classic cautionary tale of desires and responsibilities for generations, and here it is interpreted wonderfully, a mixture of pathos and delight, magical wonder and dark undercurrents …

Forbidden Planet

Their art has a delicate line that reminds me of Charles Vess, but their faces are unique, almost doll-like, adding to the creepy feel of the stories.

The Jean Little lIbrary

The Red Shoes And Other Tales is a beautiful book by metaphrog telling three bittersweet stories that really are suitable for all ages.

Down the Tubes

A beautiful but haunting fairy tale brought to stunning visual life …

Broken Frontier

The sickly color palette exhibited throughout this book really gives these stories an extra layer of spookiness.


Perfect for Christmas when we resolve even harder to appreciate what we’ve got.

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Interview with Creative Scotland.

Read the coverage of THE RED SHOES in The National.

“It’s full of eerie violence and Dickensian sentimentality and it has a potent kick to it. Perfect Christmas reading”. – The Herald

“… will impress adult readers with the gorgeous line work, muted color palette, and meticulous staging.” – World Literature Today

“Grim in atmosphere but with a strange, delicate beauty to its pages The Red Shoes and Other Tales is also a gorgeously tactile object. A striking showcase for the talents of the Metaphrog team this is an all-ages book that is, nonetheless, unafraid to confront some of the harsher realities of life with an uncompromising determination.” – Broken Frontier

“Slick narrative & dialogue combine with gloriously moody artwork in a book that may well have slipped under my radar but thankfully this hidden gem was something I got lost in very easily.” – Comics Anonymous

“More like this, please, Papercutz” – Slings and Arrows