about this item
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."
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fairy Tales + Folklore / Adaptations, Family / Siblings, General
Age Range: 9-12 years
Street Date: October 28, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 248-58-3221