Hansel And Gretel by James MarshallHansel And Gretel by James Marshall

Hansel And Gretel

byJames Marshall

Paperback | September 10, 1994

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Beloved author James Marshall--creator of George and Martha--puts a hilarious twist on a classic tale in his retelling of Hansel and Gretel.

Abandoned in the woods, what will Hansel and Gretel - so innocent, so vulnerable, so deliciously plump - do when they come face-to-face with a dastardly, ugly, over-dressed witch?
James Marshall was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up sixteen miles outside of the town on the family farm. His father, who worked for the railroad, had his own dance band in the thirties and appeared on the radio. His mother, also musical, sang in the church choir. So it wasn't surprising when Jim considered playing the viola for...
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Title:Hansel And GretelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.45 × 0.15 inPublished:September 10, 1994Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140508368

ISBN - 13:9780140508369

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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From Our Editors

James Marshall's retelling of this "grimm" tale is now available in paperback. When Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the woods by their nasty stepmother, they are welcomed with open arms into the cottage of a sweet old lady. The pair soon discovers they've jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Full color. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"Once again Marshall works his magic on a popular tale, retelling without reshaping it and infusing both text and pictures with ingenuous simplicity lit by flashes of roguish humor. Gretel is the clearer-eyed here--the first to comprehend that the chubby, scowling woodcutter's wife (never specifically referred to as mother or stepmother) means no good, and that the gaudily dressed woman in the candy house is a witch. After the witch is "roasted to a regular crisp" in her own oven, Hansel and Gretel return home in triumph and are last seen decked with jewels, posing with their joyful father. Marshall's comic genius is less appropriate to this dark tale of betrayal than to "Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs," which better lend themselves to farce; but his fans will probably be delighted with this anyway."--Kirkus Reviews