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Hansel and Gretel

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,758 ratings  ·  900 reviews
Hansel and Gretel is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812.
The story follows a young brother and sister who discover a house of candy and cake in the forest and a child-devouring witch.

This book features one of the cutest and loveliest illustration for children
Hardcover, Standard Edition, 56 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Toon Graphics (first published 1857)
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Tim Aside from the die cut in the front, the pages are larger, but this extra space is filled with white space around the text. Also the picture with the …moreAside from the die cut in the front, the pages are larger, but this extra space is filled with white space around the text. Also the picture with the after matter is missing...Don't get how this makes it "deluxe" I'd say it makes it inferior. Save your book dough!(less)

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Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This version of Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman has to be one of my favorites. I loved that it stays close to the original Grimm version and preserves the chilling details...

"Today, when the oven is hot enough, we will roast your brother," said the old woman. "But do not be sad. I will give you his bones to chew, little one."

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What I cherish most about this edition are the illustrations. Ther
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Honestly, not a huge fan of this one

Gaiman did a splendid job when he retold Sleeping Beauty (The Sleeper and the Spindle) so I was excited at the idea of another classic being twisted by his mind.

Unfortunately, this retelling was essentially...just that. A retelling.

And not a particularly interesting or unique one. There wasn't some special twist or character development. It's literally just Hansel and Gretel. The kids get "lost" in the woods, stumble upon a witch, nearly get eaten and manage
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
“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.”
Neil Gaiman, Hansel and Gretel


Very charming and the illustrations are so inky and scary.

Gaiman makes the story’s horrors feel very real and very human, and Mattotti’s artwork is genuinely chilling.

Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
As much as I like the tale, the art, and the prose itself, I can't help but be disappointed, especially after reading The Sleeper and the Spindle not so long ago. Usually when Neil Gaiman tackles a well known story, he carefully crafts a new version that makes it fresh and exciting again. He adds something new to make it worth your time and make you feel like you're experiencing it for the first time. Sadly, that can't be said about Hansel and Gretel.

Don't get me wrong, if you have (for whatever
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hansel and Gretel on its own is a very disturbing story (there are versions where the parents are negligent and then of course there's the cannibalistic witch), but Neil Gaiman in all the usual creepy charm he brings with other works like The Graveyard Book and Coraline is able to create an eerie, spooky and beautifully illustrated graphic novel resurrecting the spirit of the original while putting a new spin on things. It's still very dark and a bit troubling, but this is balanced out with the ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
When a successful writer of books for adults decides to traipse headlong into the world of children’s literature, the results are too often disastrous. From Donald Barthelme’s self-indulgent Slightly Irregular Fire Engine to the more recent, if disastrous in an entirely different way, Rush Revere series by Rush Limbaugh, adult authors have difficulty respecting the unique perspective of a child reader. Either they ignore the intended audience entirely and appeal to the parents with the pocket ch ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Neil Gaiman + Hansel and Gretel = great book!
Marianna Neal
10 out of 10

A perfect retelling from Neil Gaiman! I can't imagine anyone whose writing style fits the Grimm Brothers' fairytales better than his, to be honest. Plus, the book has absolutely STUNNING illustrations, done by Lorenzo Mattotti—very dark and ominous. I will warn you though: this isn't an adaptation or a reimagining, Gaiman sticks very closely to the original, so don't expect any kind of plot twists in there. Which was completely fine by me—this is a wonderful addition to my bookshelve
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh, this:

"They slept as deeply and soundly as if their food had been drugged. And it had."
Sam Quixote
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel, right? Brother and sister get dumped in the woods, trail of breadcrumbs (boy, who’da thunk that plan wouldn’t work!), gingerbread house in the woods, wicked witch, oven, happily ever after (with no mention of the whole abandoning your children in the woods thing). So why did we need Neil Gaiman to retell the exact same story that the Brothers Grimm told 200 years ago? We didn’t. In fact the only difference I could spot was that he omitted any mention o ...more
I have to admit, it has been a long while since I have read the story of Hansel and Gretel. I recently picked up a copy of Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti's interpretation of this fairytale based on a goodreads friend's recommendation...and I loved it! It's simple and yet it's so haunting. Mr. Gaiman's signature writing style shines through this brief novel, while Mr. Mattotti's illustrations are both mesmerizing and nightmarish. This combination portrays Hansel and Gretel for the truly dark fa ...more
Amy | littledevonnook
I really hoped to love this book but I just wasn't blown away!

- This is Neil Gaiman's retelling of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. The story consists of a family who are poverty stricken and in need of food; one day the Mother suggests to the Father that he leaves Hansel and Gretel (their children) deep in the woods so they are unable to find home again - hoping that they would not return and they would then have more food to stretch between them. The tale then jumps into witc
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
After a recent aborted attempt of an adult version of the same tale (The True Story of Hansel and Gretel), reading this cleansed my palate. This telling by Neil Gaiman breaks no new ground, but his prose is a delight to read.

A great bonus is the publisher's note at the back: an interesting history of the tale going back to 1806 and ending in 2007 to explain the origin of these illustrations. The note also cleared up the mystery of the puzzling penultimate illustration which had no correlation t
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love everything by Neil Gaiman so I´m probably not the most objective person. I enjoyed this one a lot. Especially the illustration, even though they were kind of "grim" that´s exactly how I would imagine it.
Actual Rating 2.5

There was nothing earth shattering about this telling, nothing very different from the original, except that in this telling the woodcutter’s wife was the biological mother of the children.

The illustrations were eerie, ghostly, old-timey, and were my favourite part of this tale. It felt like this story was more about the pictures, and the simplistic writing served only to string said images together, but the images themselves didn’t tell enough of the story to stand completely a
David Schaafsma
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I read this because Neil Gaiman adapted the tale the Grimm Brothers got from 12 year old Dortchen when they were collecting German folk tales. Gaiman I already know is equally successful with children and adult stories, and he works well in the picture book/graphic novel framework. This particular version was inspired by the illustrations Lorenzo Mattotti did as part of an exhibit TOON Books' Francoise Mouly curated to celebrate the Metropolitan Opera's 2007 staging of the story. I was intereste ...more
Christian McKay
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remember many years ago when everyone said things like, "Wouldn't it be awesome if Tim Burton directed a version of ________"? And then Tim Burton went ahead and directed all of those movies (Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and they were all TERRIBLE? Yeah. That was heartbreaking. I still wince a little when a favorite creator of mine decides to try his or her hand at adapting an old classic. Here? This? Neil Gaiman retelling Hansel & Gretel? NOTHING TO WOR ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this retelling of Hansel and Gretel, the not-so lighthearted story is accompanied by dark and mysterious illustrations that make you want to delve deeper into the picture. I have read and watched a couple of different versions of this tale and this one, I feel is what the original would be like. It has a very real, old-fashioned tone to it but it's engaging and interesting. I wanted to savor the differences in this version as it was told in such a way that I hadn't seen before. It was so thri ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a nice easy sunny day read, although I am somewhat confused at it being labelled as a "retelling" which it really isn't.

Gaiman hasn't put a fantastical spin on this classic Grimm's fairytale and basically recounts the original story.

That being said however, the artwork is pretty chilling and definitely atmospheric.

I'm awarding it 4 stars not because this is a new version of Hansel and Gretel but because I love the original fairytale so much.
Jesse A
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-it-up
Ok. What exactly was the point? We all know the Hansel and Gretel story. The art didn't really add anything. 3 stars because I like the story.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Having liked The Sleeper and the Spindle , I assumed I'd enjoy another reworked fairy tale by him.

Be warned, Gaiman doesn't really rework Hansel and Gretel like he did with Sleeping Beauty, he just enlarges on it, adding minor changes along the way. Oddly I enjoyed this story more than any other by Gaiman, which probably tells you more about how much I like, or dislike, his work than anything else.

Hansel Gretel Neil Gaiman Lorenzo Mattotti

Lorenzo Mattotti's illustrations feel inappropriate for a children's book, in my opinion. They'r
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
This isn't anything new, or exciting, or original. It's a fairly straightforward retelling of Hansel and Gretel, suitable for bedtime stories. It's told skillfully enough, at least. And it was interesting how Gaiman chose to revert to some of the original elements of the story, including that it was the children's biological mother, not their stepmother, that wanted to abandon them. The real attraction is Mattotti's art, which is as you can see on the cover. Dark, shadowy, rough. I really liked ...more
Mia  Bakhthiar
I picked this up thinking it would be a fairy retelling, just like The Sleeper and The Spindle, but found that it was the exact story, as I remember it being told, every single time. The illustrations were beautiful, though, and the narration and prose was just as impressive.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, picture
Pretty standard version of the story, made a little wordier. Illustrations are literally dark (as in, all-black) and effective enough if lacking in subtlety.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this book 5 stars for the story (which, of course, was slighty changed / more elaborate than the origianl fairy tale) and 4 for the art work (which is stunning but not as much as the one from The Sleeper and the Spindle).

For quite a while I have been wondering about certain reasons for fairy tale characters to act like they do and in this book we finally get the answer at least for two of them. Naturally, the story is filled with the dark humour Neil Gaiman is known for so that alone
Sarah Churchill
Usually Gaiman can do no wrong in my eyes, but while the story was well written it didn't feel like it had his usual stamp on the adaptation. It was a pretty straight forward rewrite of the most commonly known version of the story, and having read some of his other short story adaptations (especially Snow White) I know he can do so much more with it. I also wasn't a fan of the illustrations at all.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: neil-gaiman
A neat little story, and I always love Neil Gaiman's voice, but this doesn't really add any sort of twist in the way that his other retellings do. The artwork is unique and interesting, but it's so dark it's very hard to make out a lot of the time. I would recommend borrowing this from the library if you're interested, but I'm not sure it's worth the £15 cover price for the hardback.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

The artwork is interestingly dark and atmospheric, but the story is pretty much a straight telling which lacks even the melody of Gaiman's signature voice/style.

It's not a bad telling, but I expected something more.
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book*

Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishers  Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

In this rendition of Hansel and Gretel, Neil Gaiman hasn't strayed too far from the original story. Even so, it has been a long time since I have immersed myself in the Grimm's version - and there is an undeniable ominous edge to this one which you just can't help but be captivated by.

It is undeniable that this is already a dark
Kerry Dunn
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I bought the beautiful deluxe edition which is a large hardcover picture book. The cover alone is breathtaking. I love Gaiman. He never disappoints. It's been years since I read the Hansel and Gretel story and I was surprised by its haunting familiarity. But Gaiman gives it an extra darkness and sadness. And Mattotti's black, inky, claustrophobic drawings punctuate the darkness and sadness with real dread. A worthy retelling of a classic story.
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