Cover image for Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic
Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic
Gaiman, Neil.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Toon Books, [2014]

Physical Description:
53 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Two abandoned children come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by a cruel witch who wants to eat them.
Reading Level:
Middle School.

1030 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 5.1.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 1.0 167757.
Format :


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Material Type
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Central Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Audubon Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Clarence Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Dudley Branch Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Kenmore Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Grand Island Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
Lancaster Library PZ8.G125 HAN 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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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. 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 .

Author Notes

Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch, and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series The Sandman. The series has won every major industry award including nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, three Harvey Awards, and the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to win a literary award.

He writes both children and adult books. His adult books include The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which won a British National Book Awards, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel for 2014; Stardust, which won the Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults in 1999; American Gods, which won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards; Anansi Boys; Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances; and The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, which is a New York Times Bestseller. His children's books include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; Coraline, which won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards; The Wolves in the Walls; Odd and the Frost Giants; The Graveyard Book, which won the Newbery Award in 2009 and The Sandman: Overture which won the 2016 Hugo Awards Best Graphic Story.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The classic Grimm fairy tale gets a macabre makeover in this illustrated retelling. On simple, well-designed pages of just text, Gaiman tells a fairly standard version of Hansel and Gretel. And while the story is unsettling enough on its own, it's Mattotti's full-bleed india ink illustrations that dial up the creep factor. After each pair of pages of Gaiman's straightforward story comes a double-page illustration full of ominous, sweeping swaths of black brushstrokes with mere hints of figures and backgrounds. Hansel and Gretel become tiny silhouettes amid looming, streaky tree trunks, while on another spread, their father's frantic eye and upraised ax are all that's visible amid the shadows. Mattotti masterfully and subtly uses negative space so each image isn't immediately noticeable, like the most menacing game of hide-and-seek, and the abrupt oscillation between the clean, white pages of words and the silent, chilling dusky pictures is striking. While this isn't a graphic novel per se, Gaiman's fans and lovers of visual storytelling will devour this eerie version of a classic. Also available in an oversize deluxe edition. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: New York Times best-seller, award winner, cult favorite Gaiman is the triple threat of the book world, and his many fans will want a taste of this one, too.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of "Hansel and Gretel," about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch. In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. This exhibit inspired Gaiman to write his own version, and Mattotti's images and Gaiman's text are combined in this book. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist's drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms's original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti's artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children. An extensive note on the history of the tale's origins is included as back matter. Mattotti's amazing work will inspire a new generation of readers, and this volume will give chills. The oversize deluxe edition features a die-cut cover.- Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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