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Hansel & Gretel
by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti


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"If this isn't the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it's absolutely necessary." "Kirkus Reviews," starred review

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create "Hansel & Gretel," a stunning book that's at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"If this isn't the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it's absolutely necessary." "Kirkus Reviews," starred review

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create "Hansel & Gretel," a stunning book that's at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti's sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old.

Neil Gaiman is the best-selling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theater, and films for children and adults alike. His work has received many international awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. He is a pillar of modern fantasy writing. He has said that the story of Hansel and Gretel is what made him want to be a writer.

Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. A frequent contributor of covers for the "New Yorker," he's recognized as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. Mattotti won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde." He collaborated with Lou Reed in re-imaging Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven.""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781935179627
  • ISBN-10: 1935179624
  • Publisher: Toon Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 53
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Series: Toon Graphics

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Master storyteller Gaiman (The Graveyard Book) plumbs the dark depths of Hansel and Gretel, imagining the pair’s mother scheming to abandon them (“Two dead are better than four dead,” she tells their father. “That is mathematics, and it is logic”) and reveling in the witch’s cruelty. “Today, when the oven is hot enough, we will roast your brother,” she announces to Gretel. “But do not be sad. I will give you his bones to chew, little one.” Italian illustrator Mattotti contributes elegant b&w ink spreads that alternate with spreads of text. His artistry flows from the movement of his brush and the play of light and shadow. The witch’s house, tiled with baroque decorations and topped with a graceful tower, is unexpectedly beautiful; light pours through the barley sugar windows. The absence of color is a foil for Gaiman’s panoply of words: “gloves and hats of travelers, and coins of cold and of silver, a string of pearls, chains of gold and chains of silver.” Gaiman makes the story’s horrors feel very real and very human, and Mattotti’s artwork is genuinely chilling. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)

 
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