August 18, 2011
August 18, 2011
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.
"Unlike any children's book I've ever read. [It] holds up to multiple rereadings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be." - New York Times Book Review
"An audacious debut that's wicked smart and wicked funny." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Addictively compelling." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Charming and inventive . . . the perfect haunted book." - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"One of the year's best children's books." - The Virginian-Pilot
Deeply humorous, very icky, and well-told, this Lemony Snicket-like story follows Hansel and Gretel as they search for a good, caring family, one where beheading isn't part of the parents' plan for their offspring. On a quest to discover a good home, they wander in and out of other stories, saving people, escaping evil, and so much more. Using a handful of lesser-known Brothers Grimm fairy tales--far more morbid stories than the popular ones of today--as a jumping off point, author Adam Gidwitz has created a creepy, scary, and hilarious middle grade novel. A few of the tales retold include "Faithful Johannes," and "The Three Golden Hairs."
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: General, Family / Siblings, Fairy Tales + Folklore / Adaptations
- Age: 9-12 years
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Adam Gidwitz
- Online Item #: 13734340
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-73-3593
- ISBN: 9780142419670
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported