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Hansel and Gretel [Hardcover]

Michael Morpurgo , Emma Chichester Clark

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Book Description

Sept. 23 2008
Acclaimed storyteller Michael Morpurgo retells the beloved fairy tale in an enchanting edition vibrantly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.

Celebrated author Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, drawing on themes of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage, to tell a powerful story about love and family. Filled with intricate details, Emma Chichester Clark's bright, captivating illustrations fill each page.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640125
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 23.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,112,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Draws on the idea of hope and courage within the story, making it much more than a simple fairy tale." A Patchwork of Books blog" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate of Britain, has written more than a hundred books and received many awards. His books include I BEVLIEVE IN UNICORNS, as well as retellings of BEOWULF and SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. He lives in Devon, England.

Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Blue Kangaroo stories, the fi rst of which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Morpurgo's delectable and felicitous novelisation of Hansel and Gretel July 18 2014
By Yi-Peng - Published on Amazon.com
It is an utter delight to read this Morpurgo retelling of this famous yet spine-chilling Grimm tale. What I like about this book is that it does not make the story too infantile. Instead Morpurgo expands the story by defining characters and highlighting the dark themes inherent in the story, so adults can enjoy this novel-length version too.

I love the way that Morpourgo brings out the character of the story. It is a direct, fluid, concise retelling that also fleshes out the characters. There are various touches that allow the story to take flight while remaining true to the Grimms. I love how the children are perceptive and proactive when reacting to their various predicaments. I love the way that he conflates the stepmother and the witch into one character. It allows us to see how the stepmother wants to go all out to destroy the children, both by marrying the husband and turning herself into the witch in the gingerbread house. As such he makes the motives clear to the readers. I also love the way that he brings out the terror of this fairy-tale so that it doesn't become too cosy. Morpurgo accentuates the dark themes in this story, for instance, the famine backdrop, the dominance of the wicked stepmother and even the wolves that prowl the forest around Hansel and Gretel. So this allows the reader to share in the experiences with the protagonists.

Morpurgo's words are well-matched by the atmospheric Emma Chichester Clark illustrations. They suit the material very well and draw the reader into the story.

This is, in short, a delectable version of the fairy tale, better than any infantile retellings of this kind of story.
5.0 out of 5 stars a different hansel and gretel Oct. 7 2010
By C. Pittman - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book to my 3rd grade class. Needless to say they were thrilled with the book. Some of the words were a little hard for them, but they understood from the context and a bit of explanation on my part. What a wonderful retelling of this book, with just enough of the familiar to have you coming back for more.

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