Hansel & Gretel
Written and Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
Hansel, Gretel, Witch, gingerbread … You know the story, right? Maybe not. This isn’t your grandmother’s fairy tale.
The author takes this opportunity to describe a world in which Willow is a good witch who only wants to protect her home and keep her magic safe and practical. The kids, however, want to wreak havoc, which they do very well. Their breadcrumbs bring a flock of birds, endangering the gingerbread house. Of course, Hansel and Gretel start chewing on the gingerbread anyway, plus anything else they can take sink their teeth into. “But Willow did not get angry, because Willow was a good witch.” Willow takes an awful lot of abuse before she decides to take revenge.
The wonderful details in the illustrations add to the fun. Ghosts and skulls and spell books, oh my.
Kids will probably not get all the humor in this delightful gem, but they will understand that it’s very funny. As a follow up to Little Red, it’s especially wonderful.
- Title: Hansel and Gretel
- Author/Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, October 1, 2018
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: 1 to2
- Genre: Picture Book, Humor, Fractured Fairy Tale
- ISBN: 978-1-68263-073-0