Title: Hansel and Gretel
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 49 pages
This all happened a long time ago, in your grandmother’s time, or in her grandfather’s. A long time ago. Back then, we all lived on the edge of a great forest.
Neil Gaiman is one of those authors whose work I know for definite that I do not appreciate enough. Having dipped my tentative toes into his short stories, his novels for children and young adults and also his texts for older audiences and I have never been anything but impressed with Gaiman’s style and readability. He manages to evoke atmosphere and forces you to become lost in his story. It is this very reason why I was curious to read his version of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.
The story hadn’t changed much from the one I knew as a child. In fact I would struggle to recall any differences, however, it was fun to refresh my memory of the fairy tale and also to look at the spooky images that accompanied the story – provided by the hand of Lorezo Mattotti.
Hansel and Gretel is a classic fairy tale that Gaiman and Mattotti have brought to life once again. It is a lovely (and quick) read and should be added to all children’s bookshelves.
Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman is available now.
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