Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Book - 2014
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An adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale in which two abandoned children come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by a cruel witch who wants to eat them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Toon Graphics, [2014]
ISBN: 9781935179627
1935179624
Branch Call Number: Ju 398.2 HAN

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eferry 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.

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SCL_BethZ Aug 10, 2017

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

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Glokta
Jun 04, 2015

The drawings are fantastic and the writing is well done. It's the same story we all know so don't expect a massively re-imagined version of it but for what it is it's very good. Decidedly dark but in a way that is not overwhelming for younger readers. For younger readers who haven't yet been exposed to the tale this is a worthwhile depiction of it.

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!

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NicLaBor
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.

eferry 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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Quetzlzacatenango
Nov 03, 2014

Nothing new is added to the story by Gaiman here and the stark, black and white artwork add little to the overall tone either.

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