Hansel & Gretel-Paper

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Author, Jacob W. Grimm, Author, Wilhelm Grimm, Author
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Author, Jacob W. Grimm, Author, Wilhelm Grimm, Author Random House Books for Young Readers $3.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-394-89859-9
Reviewed on: 04/25/1988
Release date: 05/01/1988
Originally published in Britain, this is a moody, intense version of the fairy tale that Browne has infused with modern references, heightening the uncanny aspects of an already frightening story. Famine has struck, and the father is persuaded by a frowsy stepmother to ditch their children in the woods. She dies by the time Hansel and Gretel find their way out, after killing the witch. Browne presents jarring, poignant touches through his surrealist eyetrees claw their way to the sky, Gretel's knees are grimly unwashed, the oily-looking wallpaper in their home is cracked and peeling. If the family's poverty of other versions has an aura of romance, this book shows a grinding, terrible hungerfirst for food and then for happiness. It is an unforgettable, moving vision. Ages 3-8. (April)
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