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Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  170 reviews
These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!

When Hensel and Gretel's dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.

But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?

This plucky pair isn't giving up without a fight!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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What a ride and a total mix of cultural stew. This is the updated story of Hansel and Gretel with the fox in the role of the witch and the chickens in the role of the kids. It’s set in ancient China or there abouts and the story goes on.

I love the writers delight in puns with this. It gives me glee. The chickens learn Ninjutsu and become 2 fighting chickens on their way to rescue their parents.

I follow Dan Santat, and he illustrates this and it’s just his style. I love his action packed artwor
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May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Definitely one of the best picture books around! My Story Time kids LOVED this book! Not only did they love it the first time, but then they demanded that I read it right over again! They stayed just as engaged and interactive the second time around - if not more so!

I loved the rhyming words in this book! Everything blended really well together, and it was super fun! The story stayed consistent throughout the whole book and the kids were
Paul Orsino
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a menacing fox on the loose and their Ma and Pop missing, Hensel and Gretel decide to take things into their own hands and enroll in the 3 Pigs Dojo (which seems to be owned by the Three Ninja Pigs). This cleverly crafted fractured fairy tale shows our Hensel and Gretel learning ninjutsu, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs and stumbling upon a house made of cornbread. The ninja chicks muster up all of their training to save their family and avoid becoming chicken pot pie, stir-fry, or any other ...more
Sara Grochowski
Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca J. Gomez, and Dan Santat can keep offering up these fractured fairy tales until the end of my days and I'll be content. It always takes me a couple reads to get the rhythm of these down for read aloud, but it is so much fun once it clicks! As a kid who grew up on a farm, I'm all too familiar with chickens falling prey to the sneaky fox. Not only does this book take on Hansel and Gretel, it also twists the not-so-happy ending most chickens have when confronted with a ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very loose retelling of Hansel and Gretel, with H and G being badass ninjas. I like the premise, but this one was a lot of fighting and not much story. I didn't like it as much as Three Ninja Pigs, but I imagine a lot of kids will find it funny.

Updating to add that Marian prefers this one to all the other fairytale books by Corey Rosen Schwartz. So I added a star to the rating!
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed 'The Three Ninja Pigs' & 'Ninja Red Riding Hood'
When their father is kidnapped by a fox, two ninja chicks swing into action in this rhyming picture-book, tracking him down to the fox's corn-bread cottage in the forest. There they must engage in some hand-to-hand combat to rescue their parents, eventually triumphing and going on become crusaders to protect other endangered fowl...

The third fractured fairy-tale retelling from Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat, following upon The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood , this adapted
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually hadn't heard of Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez's fractured ninja fairytales before receiving Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks in the mail, but after opening the packaging and laughing in delight for a full minute straight at the cover, I knew that this was something I needed to read immediately.

(Pro-tip: if it involves chickens, ninjas or Dan Santat's artwork, I'm in. If it involves all three at the same time? Well. That's just a foregone conclusion.)

Schwartz and Gomez int
Kirsti Call
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore Corey Rosen Schwartz's rollicking fractured fairy tales. This is a great read-aloud with spot on illustrations and engaging characters. Filled with witty puns and clever rhymes this story resonates with me and my kids. We are backyard chicken farmers and just 2 days ago I found a fox with one of my chickens in its mouth. We saved the chicken (this time)! I adore how the chicks save their parents through hard work and determination. This story empowers kids by helping them understand that ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an action-packed picture book! Hensel and Gretel are chicks (the birds) determined to do something about the disappearance of their mother and father at the stealth of a wily fox. They take lessons in ninjutsu and learn to throw, block, and quietly creep so the fox can't outfox them. When he does trick Hensel, Gretel has to use all her ninja training to save her family.

This is a funny story in rhyme and rich illustrations.
Jillian Heise
I love Corey Rosen Schwartz's fractured fairy tales with her Ninja animal characters. The rhyming, tongue in cheek references, and Dan Santat's illustrations work together to make a strong addition to any picture book, fairy tale, library, or classroom collection. Students (younger and older) always laugh when reading these books. ...more
Brenda Kahn
This fractured fairy tale in rhyme is rollicking good fun made even more hilarious by the brilliant illustrations. Groan-worthy puns and plenty of visual humor are sure to make this a storytime favorite.
Rommel Sison
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
7-year-old daughter: 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔
5-year-old daughter: 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔
Jon Nakapalau
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't mess with these two - or you will get deep fried! ...more
Natasha Jones
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
“You two Ninja Chicks got us out of that fix, and Justice -not dinner- was served” (N.P). A very unique spin on a classic tale. Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks is essentially Hansel and Gretal but the two protagonist are chickens and the antagonist is a fox. They use their ninja skills to rescue their parents from being stir fried and restore freedom back to the chickens.

I give Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks a solid 4 stars. They stayed true to the original plot to the best of their ability and a
In this hilarious mashup up of fable and Eastern action flick, two chickens become ninjas in order to save their parents. Like their namesakes, they make their way through the woods, leaving a trail of crumbs that do no good, until they reach a delicious looking house. When the door opens though, its not a witch that answers, but a fox. Between the two birds, the fox is no match. Some quick thinking, and high flying kicks bring the story to a satisfying conclusion. While Ninja Chicks is mainly b ...more
Isabella Santana
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks is a 5 STAR book! I like this book because it has cool ninja chicks who say "hiya!" They use their ninja skills to save other animals from the mean fox. I like that the ninja chicks leave crumbs in the forest so they can find their way back home, but then the crumbs are missing! That really shocked me. I was worried they would get lost forever. I think kids should read this story because the ninja chicks fight hard and save the day. I also think kids should read t ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Loved this fractured tale of Hansel and Gretel. This was one of the funniest tales I have read. The characters are so cool, and they rhyme and kick all through the story. Hensel and Gretels parent have been taken by the fox, but little does he know these two sisters on his tracks and they know ninjitsu. They find the foxes cottage in the woods made of cornbread and they take a bite out of it. While battling to save their parents Gretel is captured and uses an unusual tool to free herself and Han ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really don't like this series. Imagine if we got Asian fairy tales from Japan or Korea and we input our culture instead, that would be considered culture appropriation. This story retelling is boring and unmemorable. The original story teaches children to not wonder into the forest alone even if they have a buddy or make it back. This retelling just teaches kids that they can wander into the woods if they study Kung Fu and they'll fight evil and blah, blah, blah. ...more
Amy Lafleur Meyers
A fox took their mother. Enter Hensel & Gretel ninja chicks! They train to fight the fox and save their parents. Like Hansel and Gretel, the ninjas get lost in forest, but in a Japanese setting and with ninjas.
This book is full of action and will be hit with ninja lovers and those who like creative adaptations of fairy tales. Another fun fairy tale ninja retelling from Corey Rosen Schwartz!
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Comic book art style makes this one an instant appeal to kids of all ages. Really enjoyed the rhyming scheme. I don't know if its spectacular enough to be golden sower. This author has his other books, that are same style. ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this to Ben for bed. :-)

I love this re-imagining of a traditional fairy tale (and this one is a pretty loose retelling). There are plenty of clever twists and images ("Hen"-sel the chick! hahahahaha). I love the rhyme and think it makes reading it aloud even more fun. :-)
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fractured fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, the ninja chicks are fighting a fox (instead of a witch). Hilarious puns and rhymes with the physical action sweeping the pages.
Favorite sign at the martial arts studio: "Get empowered, not devoured."
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because (wow!) ninja chicks fight a fox, and they throw him in a cage like "wow, ninja, wow!" BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BAH! And they fight the fox until it's so tired and that's how they threw him in the cage. ...more
Michele Knott
I really like all of Corey Rosen Schwartz's fractured takes. They are funny, have great kid appeal, and are a fun take on familiar tales. ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Humorous twist on an old tale that's sure to bring more than one giggle to the story listening crowd. ...more
I liked the colorful illustrations, the Japanese twist and that the story is told in limericks!
Viviane Elbee
This fractured fairy tale with Hensel and Gretel as Ninja Chicks is excellent. It's funny and has an empowering message. Kids really enjoy it. ...more
Robin Raines-Bond
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
They trained in the art of ninjutsu and practiced their wing throw and blocks. With Dan Santat as illustrator this fun, rhyming book to comes to life. It's a loose interpretation of the fairy tale - a little scary and a lot of fun. ...more
Gina Miller
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hensel and Gretel, ninja chick brother and sister see a problem... a menacing fox has kidnapped their mother, their pop is shaken, and they go to work to solve the problem. I love how this clever story is written in rhythm and rhyme with a dialogue bubble pop-up every now and then. It also puts a whole new light on Kung Pao chicken. I might have to think twice the next time I go for Chinese.
Pamela Powell
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cute spin on the classic fairy tale. Hensel and Gretel are chicks saving their parents from the fox. Fun illustrations. This would be great to read with one or two children so you could savor the pictures.
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Corey is the author of HOP! PLOP! (Walker, 2006), THE THREE NINJA PIGS (Putnam, 2012) GOLDI ROCKS AND THE THREE BEARS (Putnam, forthcoming) and NINJA RED (Putnam, forthcoming). Corey has no formal ninja training, but she sure can kick butt in Scrabble. She lives with three Knuckleheads in Warren, NJ.

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