Hansel & Gretel
Written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
From the author-illustrator of Rapunzel and New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Little Red comes another fractured fairy tale! This time, Bethan Woollvin’s clever twist redefines the meaning of a villain.
Willow is a good witch who lives deep in the forest, practicing good magic and minding her own business. That is, until she meets Hansel and Gretel. Willow never used to worry about messy breadcrumb trails or parts of her carefully constructed gingerbread house being eaten. No one has ever bothered with her spell books or been rowdy in her quiet little yard. But that’s exactly what Hansel and Gretel do, and who knows how long Willow’s patience will hold.
This subversive retelling of the classic “Hansel & Gretel” tale features Bethan Woollvin’s signature, striking three-tone illustrations and sassy sense of humor. Readers will gasp with glee at the turn of each fun and boldly printed page. Woollvin is sure to have readers thinking about what it means to be a heroine or a villain, considering their sense of good and evil…and possibly rethinking that next bite of gingerbread.
“Striking… Children will enjoy comparing the traditional story to this delightfully twisted version.” —Booklist Online
“Marked by sly humor and an impish sense of mischief…entertaining text… Wicked fun.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“A bold, graphic style… Delicious.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Readers get a humorous and unique version of an oft-told tale.” —School Library Journal
Follow along with the story by creating your own Hansel and Gretel! Check out the activity sheets here!
Also, we are so excited to announce that Bethan will be going on tour with us this month in New York, DC, Athens, GA., and Atlanta! Come to one of these events in your area to meet Bethan Woollvin and get a signed copy of Hansel & Gretel!
New York City: BookFest @ Bankstreet – Saturday, October 20
Washington, DC: Politics and Prose – Monday, October 22 @ 10:30am
Athens, GA: Avid Bookshop – Tuesday, October 23 @ 6:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Little Shop of Stories – Wednesday, October 24 @ 5:00pm