Hansel and Gretel

Bethan Woollvin

Hansel and Gretel
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Hansel and Gretel

Bethan Woollvin

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.

Review

Now, we all know Hansel and Gretel were the poor children cast out of their home into the forest and treated rather badly by a witch – but is this so? What if we heard the story from the witch’s point of view? Things might look a little different. Bethan Woollvin has fun with the traditional tale and her stylised art adds extra humour to this cheeky retelling of what might have really gone on in that quaint gingerbread house.

Woollvin’s earlier books, Rapunzel and Little Red, are just as mischievous and striking, and will be enjoyed by ages 2+.


Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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