Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Book - 2014
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Two abandoned children come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by a cruel witch who wants to eat them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Toon Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781935179627
Branch Call Number: J 398.20943 G8827HG 2014
Characteristics: 53 pages : black & white illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Hansel and Gretel


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Jun 19, 2020

Well done. I loved the imagery Mattotti added to the story!

Feb 07, 2020

I was looking forward to Neil Gaiman's spin on this classic tale. Unfortunately, it doesn't bring anything new to the story. The illustrations are quite heavy-handed, created in what could have been an ominous and haunting black and white but instead leave you feeling like you're in the dark and missing something.

JCLBeckyC Nov 12, 2019

Bleak drawings, dark retelling of the old story.

Jan 28, 2019

"Be brave, be bold, and keep your wits about you". This is a fabulous retelling of the Brothers Grimm story, and the illustrations are appropriately dark and spooky.

Jan 10, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy dark fairy tale retellings.

The classic tale in Neil Gaiman's unique writing style.

Overall I enjoyed this retelling, it is quite similar to the original but has Neil Gaiman's unique writing voice and style. I liked the bold and abstract art by Lorenzo Mattotti that accompanied the text. The story was dark, and not too embellished, but it is worth a read if you are looking for something a little bit different to read.

SCL_BethZ Aug 10, 2017

Dark and creepy. Love the artwork. Not a new take on a familiar story, but well executed nonetheless.

Loved it! I found it sparked discussion among the kids about how hungry they've ever been...

Cynthia_N Mar 12, 2015

We all know that fairy tales are scary but with bright colorful pictures we (or I) often forget. The dark pictures accompanying this version make it known that this is a dark tale!

Jan 09, 2015

Mattotti's drawings are haunting and daring. Gaiman's reimagining of the tale pales against the illustration. He doesn't introduce any real new idea to the story. Sure, he doesn't call the old woman a witch, but that doesn't change the connotation. She and the mother of the kids are depicted as evil, and they get punished. Gaiman's language is beautiful, but that isn't enough to make me love his version of this fairy tale.

Nov 14, 2014

Gaiman puts his own spin on the fairytale, but is also more faithful to the original. No more evil stepmothers- the biological mother is the one making the cruel choices in this book. There is no more witch- just a terrible, malevolent old woman.

I might not read this story in full to a young child as it is pretty dismal until the end. Even the illustrations won't quite amuse them- they're all black and white and have a generally gloomy feel.

Do I recommend this book even with these caveats? Absolutely. It's a wonderful tale and even includes a short history of the fairytale at the end of the main tale.

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