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Hansel and Gretel

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Midwest Book Review
"Those with a special affinity for fairy tale retellings will quickly recognize that this Hansel and Gretel is more than a notch above the usual approach, remaining more connected to its original than most and yet offering something far more compelling. A reading of this novella along with other fairy tale reworks will quickly highlight Klaassen's unique
ebook, 44 pages
Published June 8th 2016 by BookBaby
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
This is a simple, slightly longer retelling of the classical Hansel and Gretel story. It also includes the original public domain story at the end. It was well written, but I liked the original better. Maybe because Gretel isn't as helpless in the original one. In the original fairytale, Gretel saves her brother countless times. In this retelling though, Gretel is a helpless child that needs to be saved. For some reason, the author thought to depict the girl as helpless and in need of saving. I' ...more
Rachel McGrath
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mike Klaassen’s retelling of Hansel and Gretel was a pleasure to read. He has brought the classic story back to life, modernising it slightly with the language, so that it can be read, understood and engaged with by children young and old. The story of Hansel and Gretel is timeless, and Klaassen has not altered it so that it deviates from the version originally told by the Brother’s Grimm. I can see that this is the first in a series, and the addition of other stories will certainly make for a g ...more
David Duncan
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to David by: Goodreads
Hansel and Gretel, as told by Mike Klaassen, is my one hundred and fifty- seventh book that I have received and read from Goodreads. This book is the retelling of the story Hansel and Gretel. The story has stayed the same as the original. The author injects new understanding into the story line.
The story as we know it is about two young children, brother and sister, that are led deep into the woods by their desperate parents, who fear that they will starve and die if this action isn't taken.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
As a lover of all things fairy tale I was glad to have won this book from good reads. The story was very well told it I feel that I must say that I disagree with D. Donovan, senior reviewer with Midwest Book Review. In his reviews on the back of the book as well as on the first page of the book states tab at this story stays true to the original, this is so NOT true! This tale as told by Klaasseen centers on Hansel having to save his sister numerous times at first resenting her then truly being ...more
Louise K.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Accepting there would likely be no surprises, (as everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel) I was still disappointed that Mike Klaassen didn't inject a little more flesh to the rather bare bones of this story. It is short, simplistic, and sadly lacking that special something to make this book shine.

* * I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review * *
Alaina Maxam
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I cannot begin to tell you just how much I loved reading this retelling of a childhood classic. I was instantly transported into the story and was kept its captive until the end. The author kept it as it was but told it in a way that younger kids can understand and bring the meaning home. This sad and beautiful tale of two young siblings also teaches that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!!

{I requested a copy of this book for reviewing purposes and made no guarantees of a
Audra Watts

Cleanliness: Slightly Tainted (No cursing. Other content to consider: abandonment, abuse, witches, mention of cannibalism, descriptive vomiting, mention of flesh ripping, flesh cooking, and death.)

This book was a little disappointing to me. First, I'd like to point out the title Hansel and Gretel. I really think the author should have been a little more creative with the name. Just glancing at the title (without seeing the cover), there is no way you'd thi
Jessica Bronder
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel. A famine causes two kids to but left in the woods but Hansel is smart and finds a way to get home. They are then taken further into the woods and left. The kids find a white bird then follow it to a house made of sweets. Inside is a witch that plans on fattening up the kids to eat. They trick her, cook her, and make their escape.

Mike Klaassen has re-written the story and updates it to give it a more modern feel. In his novella, the father reluctantly
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A good adaptation of the original story with minor to read for kids in grades 1-6
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Its not that different from the original there are more things added but at the end its the same conclusion. Very short and even though he included the original story by the Brother's Grimm the novela is 44 pgs short. Fast and easy to Read to your children that is if they can stand to hear this scary story :)
C.B. Calsing
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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L.D. Alford
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hansel and Gretel never looked so good. Here is a chance to reacquire your taste for folktales. The old accountings were once brought up to the current times, and that’s what Mike Klaassen has done for many of our favorites. This one just happens to be the unhappy children left in the forest by their own parents. Mike answers the whys and give us the rest of the story. Adults and children can enjoy this up-to-date telling of the story of Hansel and Gretel. And as Paul Harvey always used to say: ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this copy and loved it. My daughter (11) took it an also enjoyed this version.
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Mike Klaassen's first two books were young-adult action-adventure novels influenced by his experience as a Kansas farm boy and as a scoutmaster. A visit to the site of the Battle for New Orleans inspired Mike to write Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel, featuring five young Americans in the fight of their life. Ongoing research encouraged Mike to write books about the craft of writing fiction. The use ...more