Ideas for stories “lie in my mind like seeds and only need the kiss of a sunbeam or a drop of malice to flower.” Copenhagen’s most beloved author is Hans Christian Andersen. His stories, ostensibly for children, are equally pertinant to an adult audience and beneath the familiar and fantastic cant of the folk tale are insightful tales of morality and human foible. Penguin re-issued this children’s classic, featuring winsome paper-cut illustrations by the author himself.

This edition was translated by Tiina Nunnally (who’s translation credits include Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow) and features a nifty cover by Chicago artist and cartoonist Anders Nilsen.

For fans: the Visit Copenhagen site has a Hans Christian Andersen themed-itinerary here.