We are thrilled to announce that Bethan Woollvin‘s newest fractured fairy tale will be coming to the U.S. in October 2018! The upcoming picture book is a deliciously wicked take on “Hansel & Gretel” that is sure to delight fans of Woollvin’s Little Red and Rapunzel.
Woollvin’s feisty heroines have refreshed readers, as her traditional characters always insist on saving themselves. Woollvin said in a guest post on fairy tales and gender stereotypes, “I simply wanted to create stories and characters that I would have enjoyed to read about when I was a child, instead of the damsels in distress we so often read about in classic tales.”
Still including the unique twist that Woollvin’s fairy tale retellings provide, this Hansel &Gretel flips the classic story completely on its head: “While Little Red and Rapunzel are certainly rebellious, Bethan’s take on ‘Hansel & Gretel’ is—shall we say—biting. You’ll never forget these siblings…or this witch,” says Vice President and Associate Publisher Kathy Landwehr.
Taking the subversive nature of Little Red and Rapunzel to the next level, Hansel & Gretel stars a witch named Willow, a good witch who only uses good magic. That is, until she meets Hansel and Gretel, two very naughty and rude children who try Willow’s patience. A clever twist redefines the meaning of a villain.