I am not sure whether to give this a three or a four stars, since I didn't really like some aspects of it, but it's creepiness really caught my attention. I think it is probably the most creepy of all of his stories that I have read.
I've only realized lately why I never "took" to Andersen's stories as a child. His stories (with a few exceptions) aren't really geared towards young children. Some of them are sweet, but not all of them would be the kind of fare I would be wanting to read to the very young, especially not The Red Shoes... brrrr...
I see Goodreads does not show a copy of the original unbowdlerized story, where the girls' feet are chopped off.
I suppose I'll have to make work of adding an edition that is not "merged" with the bowdlerized versions. Will do that soon, and then perhaps do more of a review for it as well.