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Title:
Hansel & Gretel / Bethan Woollvin.
Title Variants:
Hansel and Gretel
ISBN:
9781509842698
Publication Information:
London, England : Two Hoots, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Abstract:
"A brilliantly funny twist on a favourite fairy tale. Naughty little Hansel and Gretel ransack Willow the good witch's gingerbread cottage and play havoc with her spells, driving the poor witch to her wit's end with magical mischief and mayhem. They gobble all her yummy food, smash her potion bottles and even conjure the cat to the size of a house! Can Willow ever put a stop to the chaos?"--Provided by publisher.
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Summary

A brilliantly funny twist on a favourite fairy tale. Naughty little Hansel and Gretel ransack Willow the good witch's gingerbread cottage and play havoc with her spells, driving the poor witch to her wit's end with magical mischief and mayhem. They gobble all her yummy food, smash her potion bottles and even conjure the cat to the size of a house! Can Willow ever put a stop to the chaos?From the award-winning Bethan Woollvin, creator of the iconic Little Red and Rapunzel comes Hansel and Gretel, another fantastic twist on a fairy tale printed in vibrant pantone inks.Bethan Woollvin has been shortlisted for both the Klaus Flugge Prize 2017 and the Little Rebels Award 2017, as well as winning an AOI Award 2017. Little Red, winner of the Macmillan Prize 2014, was named one of the ten New York Times Best Illustrated Books in 2016.


Author Notes

Bethan Woollvin won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2014 for her classy, bold interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a startlingly confident debut which caught the imagination of everyone who saw it. The eldest in a family of ten children, Bethan understands what appeals to a variety of age groups, and all her work exudes a natural dry wit and charm. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class Degree in Illustration in 2015 and now lives in Sheffield.


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Horn Book Review

Does being good mean one has to be a pushover? Woollvin (Little Red, rev. 3/16; Rapunzel, rev. 9/17) answers that question by turning the tables on the character dynamics of the classic Grimm Brothers tale. In this version, marked by sly humor and an impish sense of mischief, with minimalist gouache illustrations in a palette of blacks and grays with vivid orange accents, Hansel and Gretel are unapologetic brats, and the witch, named Willow, is a good witch. After meeting her in the forest, the siblings make their way to her gingerbread home and start snacking on its outsides. Willow invites them in, but their disrespectful behavior only intensifies. She resists her anger, even when they wreak havoc with her spells and wands, because Willow was a good witch, a repeated refrain in the entertaining text. Gretel ends up shoving the witch into the oven; Willow is able to escapebut thats the last straw. Observant readers will note the delightfully macabre cookie cutters on the books front and back covers, under the jacket. Will a twenty-first-century take on The Gingerbread Man be Woollvins next entry? Wicked fun. julie Danielson (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.