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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Toon
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Toon Books; Deluxe edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935179659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935179658
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 12.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If this isn’t the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it’s absolutely necessary.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

I love Gaiman’s and Mattotti’s Hansel & Gretel. The writing is rich. ("They went so deep into the old forest that the sunlight was stained green by the leaves.") And the art is striking. I have never seen a more chill-inducing rendition of the witch's gingerbread cottage. I swear it looks like there's a skull atop it.
—Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Some books you’re excited about because you like the author and you know what to expect. Others are exciting because you like the author and you have no idea what to expect. That’s the case with this TOON Books version of Hansel & Gretel written by Neil Gaiman.
—Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the best-selling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theater, and films for children and adults alike. A pillar of modern fantasy writing, he has received many awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugo Awards, two Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. The story of Hansel and Gretel is one of his favorite tales from his childhood.

Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian illustrator and comics and graphic artist. He is recognized today as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comic art. His works have been featured in such magazines as The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Le Monde, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. He won an Eisner Award in 2003 for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

More About the Author

I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hansel and Gretel is a joint collaboration of Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti. I decided to review this book, because my wife loves Neil Gaiman, so I thought I'd finally give him a shot. The illustrations in this book are shades of black and white. These monochromatic illustrations present a very shadowy and haunting story. That makes them perfect for accompanying this chilling tale that many of us only think we know. This, however, is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, so it's supposed to be dark.

The story stays true to the original version, with the exception of the mother. In the original, I believe it was the father's second wife, not first wife. This makes the story a little darker, because it is the wife (mother) who convinces the father to leave the children in the woods to starve. The rest of the story is pretty well known. They go to a witch's house. She tries to cook them. They stuff her into and oven and escape. They then find their way home to their father. The mother died from unknown causes, so it's mostly a happy ending. At the end of the book is a brief history lesson on the story of Hansel and Gretel, which would be good for older readers in a school or homeschool setting. Overall, I was very pleased with Lorenzo Mattotti's illustrations and Neil Gaiman's storytelling lived up to my wife's hype.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Smith on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As usual, Neil Gaiman doesn't disappoint. This version of Hansel and Gretel is a terrific retelling of the story. It's faithful to the original tale and doesn't take much in the way of liberties, but Gaiman definitely leaves his mark, adding a layer of sympathy for the parents that adds quite a bit of depth to the story. This is the new definitive version of the tale.

I do think the scenes in the witch's house blazed by too quickly. There was quite a bit of clever exposition in the story, and the witch's house appears and is behind them in the blink of an eye. I'd have liked to read more about Hansel and Gretel's time with the witch.

As for the artwork, it is extremely dark and slashed through with broad strokes, which sets a wonderful mood for the story. The designs lack detail, however, and come across as unpolished, and not, I suspect, in the way that Mattotti was going for. They give the book a very noir-ish feel, but Mattotti is an incredibly talented artist, and I would have liked to see work that shines a bit more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Baum on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First I should say I am a little biased, as Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite Authors; that said, I really enjoyed this book, the story is darker and scarier than the fairy tale of my childhood... which I like. To paraphrase the Author (not from this book) I like my Good characters to be good and my Creepy characters to by creepy... and this book delivers the creepy fantastically.

The artwork by Lorenzo Mattotti is phenomenal; It is just beautiful, his use of India Ink as a medium is astounding, and his grasp of negative space makes each illustration come to life; They would be just at home on a Gallery wall, or framed in my living room as they are in this book. I am blown away.

Some may dismiss it as "just a children's book" or "too dark" or "not worth the paper it is printed on" but, don't not believe them. Get it and read it, I am confident you will love it. It is safe to say that I will be using this as style reference in my professional work for years. I honestly cannot say enough good things about it. when two people collaborate at this level, there is magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Scherbatsky on November 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a huge fan of the Hansel & Gretel story and Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors so you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this collaboration.

To be honest, I'm a tad bit disappointed with this purchase. As other reviewers have pointed out, it virtually follows the original Hansel & Gretel story verbatim. I'm not complaining too much however, since Gaiman is already an exceptional author as is the Hansel & Gretel story. Mattotti's art is equally stunning. I honestly think I may have spent more time looking at the black/white illustrations than reading the actual story.

If you are planning on buying the book, I highly suggest you buy it from a small bookstore like I did instead of through Amazon. Yes, it'll be slightly more expensive, but you'll be supporting a dying local business (plus you get the satisfaction of looking for and walking out with your purchase)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Finch on October 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly magical telling of a classic tale.
Neil has an incredible talent of imbuing a rare magic into his work that burns through every word. He can make worlds and stories that, through another's pen, might appear mundane or listless, and breaths a sentience into them. They are living, touching, unnerving, heartfelt, heroic, and honest.
Neil's retelling of Hansel and Gretel is no exception.
It has new life, a new soul to it that I have not felt from other tellings, and each page feels like another step deeper into the forest.
Lorenzo's transfixing illustrations are deeply stirring, which greatly intensifies the experience. They are a beautiful accompaniment.
Exactly what I expected and hoped for. Beautiful. Thank you Neil.
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