Tentative grade 3-4 read for gruesome (but tongue in cheek) violence.
Tells the "true" story of Hansel and Gretel who have run away from home after their heads are cut off by their father. How, you may ask, were they able to run off after their heads had been cut off? Well, you'll just have to read it to find out!
Gidwitz doesn't shy away from the gory details that accompany any Grimm fairytale. The unseen narrator of the tale continually interjects to warn readers that nothing good is about to happen and that small children really should leave the room. The narrators asides are often humorous and reminiscent of Lemony Snickett, or to me of the Grandfather telling the tale of The Princess Bride. The tale moves along at a jaunty pace, and feels very much like a story being orally passed down from one person to the next. An all out win for fans of fairy tale retellings, adventure, humor, and a thick skin.