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Hansel and Gretel Hardcover – Sep 23 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640125
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.2 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,459,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"* "With Morpurgo's expert retelling this is quite perfect." The Children's Bookseller on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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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Morpurgo's delectable and felicitous novelisation of Hansel and Gretel July 18 2014
By Yi-Peng - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
Excellent storytelling Sept. 21 2014
By Dr. Peter Davies - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is getting bigger and we can start tackling bigger books now. My daughter reads some of the book, and then gets me to read a bit more of it to her. This one is a good start. It is beautifully illustrated, and so the immediate visual impressions are favourable.

The writing is just as good as the pictures. Michael Morpurgo has done a superb job in bringing the story to life, and making the characters deeper and more vivid than in briefer retellings of this story.

This is an excellent book, and I think children between 6 and 10 will appreciate it, both for its beuaty, and for the rich characters described within it. Adults will enjoy reading it to their children- which is always a good sign in a children's book.
Fabulous in many ways. Oct. 24 2015
By Sandollar - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The illustrations on the corner made me pick up the book and look through it. There are plenty of pictures were f similar quality to accompany the story. Hansel and Gretel is a favorite and this one has an element to it that I've never read. This plot keeps all my first grade classes riveted. It's a long book to read in one sitting so the students ask me day after day if we are going to read it.
a different hansel and gretel Oct. 7 2010
By C. Pittman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
Five Stars Jan. 16 2013
By Karen - Published on
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My son loves this book!