Thumbelina: The Pop Wonderland Series (

By:Chad Derdowski
Review Date: Monday, June 22, 2009
Source: Mania

When a woman who longs to have a child receives a seed from a witch, she plants it and emerging from the resulting flower is Thumbelina, a girl no bigger than your thumb. Thumbelina steals the hearts of everyone she meets and has a wild series of adventures after being kidnapped by a toad who envisions Thumbelina as a bride for his young son. She winds up encountering a bevy of woodland creatures including a sparrow, a mole and some beetles, most of which either want to marry her or see her married to their kids in this manga-style adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.


The Good

It’s a brand new version of a timeless classic, and it looks amazing. The Japanese illustrator POP uses a beautiful pastel palette to create a very unique looking book. And it’s Thumbelina! The story dates back to 1835. When something lasts that long, it’s because it’s good.


The Bad

I don’t know if this counts as a negative, but if you’re looking for a fairy tale with a moral, this isn’t it. I’m of the mind that not every story needs one, but if you’re the type of parent who wants their kid to learn a lesson from everything they read, I guess you’d want to skip this book.


The Bottom Line

Thumbelina: The Pop Wonderland Series

As a parent, I find myself wanting my child to be able to experience the same joy and wonder that a good story gave me when I was a kid. I think this POP Wonderland series is the perfect way to introduce classic stories to a whole new generation. These days, anime and manga seem to influence every cartoon and kid’s show I see so it makes perfect sense to see a book like this on the shelves combining the classic storytelling with popular style.

I can’t imagine any child or parent could be anything less than enthralled by both the story and the beautiful artwork. The POP Wonderland series’ Thumbelina hardcover would make an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any child and comes highly recommended.


Mania Grade: A
Title: Thumbelina: The Pop Wonderland Series
By: Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted By: Michiyo Hayano
Illustrated By: POP
English Translation By: Camellia Nieh
Published By: Dark Horse Books
Publication Date: July 29, 2009
Price: $16.95