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Hansel & Gretel

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Will Moses, one of America’s most beloved folk artists, brings us his charming interpretation of the most enduring of all Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, Hansel & Gretel. Moses’ playful double-spread paintings, full of exquisite color and details, and his authentic retelling of this classic story will captivate young readers and take them back to a dark, mysterious forest ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Philomel Books
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Jul 21, 2012 Hafidha rated it it was ok
The drawings in this book gave me the creeps. Also, there is a peculiar two-paged illustration of Hansel and Gretel being left in the woods by their father and stepmother. Now bear in mind that throughout this book we are repeatedly told that this family is STARVING. They are on the brink of starvation, and it is the argument used by the stepmother to convince the father of leaving his beloved children in the woods in the first place. So in the illustration are a large number of LARGE mushrooms ...more
Linda Lipko
May 06, 2016 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
Perhaps one of the more serious of Grimm's fairytales, this time rendered with lovely folk art type images, the age old story continues to have the possibility of instilling nightmares into children.

The five major characters are a weak, easily led father, a dominant and abusive step mother, a wicked witch with an appetite for cannibalism, and two children who refuse to stay victimized.

When the last crumb of bread is nearing, the wicked step mother convinces the father to abandon his children in
Debbie Reiber
Feb 17, 2013 Debbie Reiber rated it really liked it
Hansel & Gretel by Will Moses is a fairy tale. The age group this is intended for is nursery to intermediate. The book is about a poor family; the step mother scolded the father of Hansel and Gretel until he agreed to leave the two children in the woods because they couldn’t afford to feed all four of them. The brother and sister were hungry and alone in the woods when they found the gingerbread house. They defeated the witch that lived in the house, their step mother had died, and they took ...more
3.5 out of 5
Retelling is elaborate and has a nice flow, and the panoramic illustrations are an extremely detailed feast for the eyes. But I have to agree with other reviewers that the famine excuse does not sound too believable when the forest is full of mushrooms and small animals.
Addie Lauver
Moses, Will. Hansel and Gretel. Philomel Books, 2006. 40 p. Gr. 2-5
Hansel and Gretel are brother and sister, living with their father and step-mother. They are very poor and one night the step mother says to the father that they need to leave the children in the woods for good and even though the father does not want to he eventually agrees because everyone will starve if they stay. Hansel and Gretel were awake and heard the plan and Hansel assured his sister that they would be okay. On the way
Garrett Harner
Hansel and Gretel is a classic tale that has been retold for generations. Will Moses brings the story to life with fantastic illustrations that encourage the reader to slow down, and take a closer look while tasting your way through a story. The tale tales of two siblings, Hansel and Gretel, that live a challenging life with their parents in a mysterious forest. The starving and evil step mother decides to abandon the children in the woods to fend for themselves, in order to save herself and her ...more
Angela Galvin
Feb 20, 2015 Angela Galvin rated it really liked it
Hansel and Gretel is a classic and traditional tale told from generations to generations. This is a story of two children from a poor family. The children live with their stepmother and father. The stepmother like in many fairy tales is evil and selfish. The stepmother convinces their father to abandon the children in the forest. The children find their way the first time. The second time, again the stepmother convinces the father to leave them in the woods as there is not enough food for everyo ...more
Brittany Watts
Apr 27, 2014 Brittany Watts rated it it was amazing
This book is a folklore for children ranging in ages 5-10. the book is about a brother and a sister who were sent out to survive on their own. The two end up finding a gingerbread house with a mean old lady inside. She tricked the children into coming into the house for food but only planned to fatten them up and eat them later. The two get away and go home to find their father. I gave this book 5 stars. This book had an excellent plot from the beginning it had me on my toes the whole time. I be ...more
Edward Creter
May 15, 2014 Edward Creter rated it did not like it
Looking back I'm surprised I fell for fairy tales like this one, and how far I've come as a person since then. Just 'cos a witch wants to invite kids to a gingerbread house does that mean automatically she's bad? Just 'cos a stepmother is ugly does it always make her evil by ugliness alone? Just 'cos you could avenge yourself on another by stuffing her in an oven...does this make it justified or right? One reason I never read fairy tales and I stick to my Bible where Noah floats in an ark full o ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, kids-books
This was another book my daughter pulled off the shelf at the library. I didn't realize how lengthy it was though. Way too long for her to sit still for at bedtime.

The story itself was very true to the original. This story would actually be really scary for children, I think. I may hold off until she's quite a bit older to read the story to her again, unless I find a more child-friendly version.

The art in it was nice though. I really liked the depiction of the witch's candy house.

Overall a pret
Dec 06, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing
Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Grades 1st- 4th

Will Moses author and illustrator began this book by adding a source note that described why he retold this story and which version he adapted it from (Brothers Grimm). The illustrations are colorful and realistic but not over bearing of the text. A few of the illustrations are full page without any text at all which gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Hansel & Gretel. The text is boxed in with a yellow color line to draw the reade
Aug 04, 2015 Meltha rated it really liked it
This is told and illustrated by Grandma Moses's great-grandson. The pictures have a good deal of her charm, and the story (step-mother again, who dies of a black heart) includes the white duck and the other traditional aspects of the story, but it's looking at the details of the paintings that is the most fun. It's a very visually appealing book.
Kari Weber
Jun 19, 2011 Kari Weber rated it liked it
Hansel and Gretel overhear they are to be abandoned in the dark forest. When their bread crumb trail is eaten by birds, the two become lost in the woods until they happen upon a gingerbread house covered in sweet confections. The old witch inside decides to fatten up Hansel and have a feast, but the two children cleverly find ways to outwit her. Hansel and Gretel gleefully eat their fill and leave with the witch’s treasure in search of their old home. Will Moses’ retelling of Hansel & Gretel ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 06-traditional
I really enjoyed this version of the classic story. Although Ive read many different versions, this one went into great detail and had beautiful illustrations to accompany the story line. I think this has enough words to keep older children interested, but not too long that they become bored.
Feb 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
The illustrations kept my five year old enthralled in the story but I didn't remember Hansel and Gretel having an evil stepmother. As a stepmother, that element of so many fairy tales has lost its luster. Now, this one has too.
Mar 08, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Hansel & Gretel By: Will Moses ISBN 0399242341, 2006. Hansel & Gretel were the children of a woodcutter but he was very poor and remarried to a very mean woman. The wicked stepmother wanted to bring the children out into the forest to fend for themselves. Once in the forest alone the children discover a wonderful house made of candy and gingerbread. The witch the owns the house invites them in but little do Hansel & Gretel know the witch wants to fatten the children up and eat them b ...more
Kara Roberts
Although this book is actually pretty dark, it is a very well written and well illustrated. The one thing that I will make sure to teach, while using this in my classroom, is problem solving. Hansel and Gretel have to use different and unique ways to problem solve to save their life.
Another way I would use this in a classroom would be for a lesson on 'predicting'. I will ask questions like, "What do you think will happen next?"
The illustration is so amazing that it in itself is worth showing i
Michael Fitzgerald
Feb 27, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Great illustrations and nice design, with added two-page spreads.
I love the monet-inspired watercolor illustrations, very beautiful. The story starts off true to the original, but the ending? Hansel and Gretel get a ride across the river to go back home from a duck. I don't remember that being in the Brother's Grimm version. I didn't like that part, it was corny and felt out of place.

The story is a bit longer than most picture books, so I think it's good for boys and girls starting to move into reading novels. I reccommend it to kids age 6-9.
Jerri Gibson
Apr 28, 2011 Jerri Gibson rated it liked it
It's hard for me to understand how any parent, whether it be mother or father, can choose to dispose of their children simply because the "new" parent doesn't want them around. It wasn't my favorite book because of that one thing but it has an interesting tale in how they made it back home.
Amber Lynch
A retelling of a young boy and girl who get lost in the forest because of their evil stepmother’s plan to be rid of them so there are less mouths to feed in the home. The two try to find their way home but run into a wicked witch who is looking for a tasty meal. Will they become her tasty meal?

Lauren Brown
Dec 16, 2011 Lauren Brown rated it really liked it
This is a really good story I liked it a lot. About a boy and his sister sticking together and always finding their way home despite the obstacles they must go through. This would be good for children around the 3rd grade level.
Brandy Gilbertson
Mar 02, 2013 Brandy Gilbertson rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
This book has smaller print with a lot of words. There are several full page illustrations for the kids to look at; contain a lot of details. This would be best for a one to one read with a child.
Kaylee Gallup
I never actually knew the story of Hansel and Gretel until I read it. This specific one has good illustrations, elaborate for kids to look at for plenty of time.
Sharlet Mullen
I do love the pictures in this book. It gave me a new picture in my head from what I remember of this story as a child.
Jan 08, 2009 Jamie rated it liked it
I prefer the one by James Marshall
Sep 26, 2008 Adrian rated it really liked it
Sandra Cruz
Sep 28, 2011 Sandra Cruz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lssl5360
Beautiful artistry.
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Born and raised here, in Eagle Bridge, New York, Will Moses creates paintings that reflect the quiet beauty of this tiny community nestled close to the Vermont border. Will has created a vivid, delightful miniature world, peopled with villagers who have stepped out of the past to charm us with their simple, everyday pastimes.

As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a
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