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Hansel and Diesel Hardcover – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060581220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060581220
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Gordon's third tricked-up automotive interpretation of a familiar children's tale is Grimm with a gimmick: Hansel and Diesel are sibling pickup trucks (so the text reads, though they're pictured as flatbeds) who wander from their junkyard home in search of fuel (trailing bolts in lieu of bread crumbs) and into the clutches of the Wicked Winch. She lives in the most beautiful gas station they could have imagined…right in the middle of the junkyard! When the thirsty little vehicles help themselves to deep glugs of her warm gasoline, the Winch inquires, Guzzle, guzzle, drip and drool, who is drinking all my fuel? The little ones are saved from the jaws of her ominous metal shredder by their worried parents, who push the winch to her just reward and admonish their evilly gleeful-looking kids: Don't you ever leave home and scare us like that again! The junkyard-as-forest is effectively rendered, with bleak towers of snow-covered tires giving readers an idea of the relative diminutiveness of the duo, and the candy-land confection of a gas station is an able stand-in for the classic house of bread and cakes. Among the missing are the familial tensions that serve as the original story's energy source, and the girl-power rescue that makes quick-thinking Gretel a particular favorite. Fans of Gordon's The Ugly Truckling (2004) and The Three Little Rigs (2005, both HarperCollins)–which put in shameless-self-promotion cameo appearances here–will probably overlook what's lacking, but others may want to stick with something closer to the original.–Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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From Booklist

PreS-K. The author of The Three Little Pigs (2005) continues his series of mechanized fairy tales. This time he features Hansel and Gretel as two small trucks that venture out one cold, snowy night, looking for gas and dropping a trail of bolts to find their way home. A big, bright gas station is a lure, set up by the Wicked Winch, who attempts to drag the two little trucks into the crusher. The verve in Gordon's story comes from his illustrations, featuring a sharp contrast between the cutesy trucks making their way through a harsh expressionist landscape. Particularly effective is an overhead view of huge stacks of old tires in a grim, black-and-white setting, which is followed by a picture of a glowing art deco gas station against a very black background. At the end, the little trucks are rescued by their parents, and the Wicked Winch becomes scrap metal. Gordon offers plenty for young children to look at and enjoy. Todd Morning
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An excellent and fun book to read to the grandkids (ages 2 to 7).
David Marjamaa
It's a wonderful read aloud for parents to share with their children and has applications in the classroom as well.
Deborah Rutnik
The 3-year-old chooses this book as one of his favorite things to take to bed with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Nelson on June 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book to share with my class after the success of The Three Little Rigs last year. While spending time babysitting this summer, I shared the book with a family of three (ages 4, 6, and 8). The book has been a hit. In two days, we have read the book MANY times. The 4 year old has carried it around with him constantly. This would be a great book for any boy, but the two sisters have liked it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
David Gordon's HANSEL AND DIESEL offers a different kind of Grimm tale: here two machines set out to search for fuel in their junkyard - and face the Wicked Winch alone in the forest. How can two little lost trucks survive? A remarkable, innovative presentation.
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I am a big fan of David Gordon's illustrations and this book succeeds wonderfully in that regard.

This is a re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, which is among the scarier traditional fairy tales. Here, instead of a witch, H&G are lured to danger by a wicked winch, which is clever and amusing (to the adults).

My son is 3 1/2 years old and even before the really gory parts, he was already starting to squirm in his chair and asked a million questions about why the winch was so angry. I chose not to finish reading this book to him because he would have been up all night worried about the little trucks getting shredded. He does enjoy looking at it without me reading the text, but even that scares him a little bit.

I think this would be a terrific book for kids who are older but I can't recommend it for kids 3 and under.
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Hansel and Diesel is a clever parody that children, especially young boys, will absolutely love! David Gordon is an amazing illustrator and an underrated author. This book had even my most distracted students mesmerized and totally engaged. When students applaud and yell, "Read it again!" it's a winner of a book. It's a wonderful read aloud for parents to share with their children and has applications in the classroom as well.
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By Bublina on January 10, 2011
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My son loves all David Gordon's books. The story is awesome and the pictures are just wonderful. We both love it.
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