Hansel and Gretel

Paul Zelinsky‘s Hansel and Gretel uses the same formula as his Caldecott-winning Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin: classic fairy tale + luminous paintings = one beautiful book. Booklist: “A spare, authentic retelling of the Grimm classic is illustrated with museum quality pictures executed in jewel-like colors.” But don’t forget the wicked witch and the enticing candy house. This is a good book for Halloween, with a dark, eerie quality both to the story and the paintings, which remind me of creepy corridors filled with Old Masters in ponderous frames. James’ eyes get very wide when we read this book. Giggle factor: not applicable; bit of a spine-tingler instead. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars. Remember: there is a happy ending.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 23, 2010.

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