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When their parents leave them in the forest, Hansel and Gretel must find their way home. During their journey, they discover something better, a house made of sugary sweets! Too bad it's owned by an evil, and hungry, old witch. When their parents leave them in the forest, Hansel and Gretel must find their way home. During their journey, they discover something better, a house made of sugary sweets! Too bad it's owned by an evil, and hungry, old witch.


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When their parents leave them in the forest, Hansel and Gretel must find their way home. During their journey, they discover something better, a house made of sugary sweets! Too bad it's owned by an evil, and hungry, old witch. When their parents leave them in the forest, Hansel and Gretel must find their way home. During their journey, they discover something better, a house made of sugary sweets! Too bad it's owned by an evil, and hungry, old witch.

30 review for Hansel and Gretel: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com This is a very short graphic novel. I wish they could have made it longer because it is so cute. There is actually writing on these pages, but I'm guessing they didn't put them online for a reason 0_0 The above picture is where their dad and stepmother drops them off in the woods. FOR SHAME! I love the big eyes they use for the kids and Gretel's purple pigtails are awesome! :) This picture below is.... as you can tell.. where they make it to the witch's house www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com This is a very short graphic novel. I wish they could have made it longer because it is so cute. There is actually writing on these pages, but I'm guessing they didn't put them online for a reason 0_0 The above picture is where their dad and stepmother drops them off in the woods. FOR SHAME! I love the big eyes they use for the kids and Gretel's purple pigtails are awesome! :) This picture below is.... as you can tell.. where they make it to the witch's house and are eating the candy from the house. There are words in the book on this one too. Either way, I thought this was a cute little book and now I'm craving candy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I read this for a paper I was writing about different variants on Hansel and Gretel and it is a fun retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story. There are notes about the origin of Hansel and Gretel at the end. The story stays true to the fairy tale and the illustrations are well done to pull the story together and the use of color seems to be very strategic to make the illustrations integral to helping tell the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Azn_seddie

    Also read this book with my niece at her school library. Love the Burton-esque art style. I always forget how sad this story is, so I'm glad this version didn't hold back on the sad. I do wish it were a few pages longer. Would've liked to see their escape through the woods. Also read this book with my niece at her school library. Love the Burton-esque art style. I always forget how sad this story is, so I'm glad this version didn't hold back on the sad. I do wish it were a few pages longer. Would've liked to see their escape through the woods.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Richards

    Love it the graphics are awesome

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I loved the art, but the writing is pretty stilted. Over all it was okay, but I won’t be ordering it to add to my personal library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    Not bad, easy quick read. I liked the art and the little twist at the end (if I'm interpreting it correctly). Not bad, easy quick read. I liked the art and the little twist at the end (if I'm interpreting it correctly).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Brinley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Graphic Novel Hansel and Gretel, as retold by Donald Lemke, is a most interesting depiction of this age old story. The distinctive appearance of the book's Gothic style cover, in and of itself, is enough to draw the read in to examine the book. Just flipping through the pages ignites a curiosity in wondering how this story may be different from the traditional fairy tale. In retelling the story, the author adheres to the traditional plot's story line but does makes subtle changes. Hansel an The Graphic Novel Hansel and Gretel, as retold by Donald Lemke, is a most interesting depiction of this age old story. The distinctive appearance of the book's Gothic style cover, in and of itself, is enough to draw the read in to examine the book. Just flipping through the pages ignites a curiosity in wondering how this story may be different from the traditional fairy tale. In retelling the story, the author adheres to the traditional plot's story line but does makes subtle changes. Hansel and Gretel, for instance, have a loathsome stepmother who prods her husband to turn his children loose in the forest, so that the couple, because of a shortage of food, will not starve. The author is successful in addressing horror in this graphic novel through his development of the two female adult characters, as both are relentless and heinous in their plotting to dispose of the children. Sean Dietrich's illustrations are so sinisterly powerful in his characterization of the people and events that take place in this children's frightful adventure. Dietrich's artistry, not only mirrors Lemke's text of treachery, but the illustrator escalates the mood through his dark and morbid characters and settings. This book has the same melodramatic ending as the original fairy tale; whereby, the witch is locked in the oven and the children escape. The father, who had engaged in leaving his children to fend for themselves, redeems himself by embracing his children when they return home, with the stepmother gone and completely out of their lives. The Graphic Novel Hansel and Gretel is strangely a happily ever after Gothic tale that is enjoyable because it is uniquely told and illustrated. Teachers can use Hansel and Gretel to incorporate in literacy lessons about the components and different styles of novels; for example, this being a graphic novel that is set up comic book style with the characters' words appearing in speech bubbles. Teachers, additionally, can plan a creative arts lesson comparing the Gothic illustrations to traditional illustrations in other books about Hansel and Gretel. Teachers can use the theme of this book to hold an open discussion about parental and caregiver neglect and abuse, making students aware that the adult behavior that is seen in this book is unacceptable and must be reported to person in authority. This book is a good read for students from third- through sixth-grades because the content and style is very different from their ordinary readings.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The books illustrations were a tad bit scary, but the story was similar to many other versions of Hansel and Gretel that I've heard and read before. The only difference I noticed in this one was that the mother was the step-mother in this version. It was told in the back that they did this because they thought that the step-mother would scare children a lot less than if it were their mother in the story. The text to self connection I made was the memories I got from reading it when I was little. The books illustrations were a tad bit scary, but the story was similar to many other versions of Hansel and Gretel that I've heard and read before. The only difference I noticed in this one was that the mother was the step-mother in this version. It was told in the back that they did this because they thought that the step-mother would scare children a lot less than if it were their mother in the story. The text to self connection I made was the memories I got from reading it when I was little. It was a lot different though, mainly because it was told in graphic novel form, but it was still the same memories I got when I was little. I remember my mother and father reading and telling this story to me. My brother would always tell me that it would happen to me one day and I'd never be smart enough to find my way back! Great memories... The text to text connection I made came from the fact that I have read this story before many times just in other versions and in more of a story form and the other versions didn't have as frightening of illustrations as this one did. The text to world connection I made from this story was that many children are fearful of getting lost and I think this story tells it well that when you get lost you can always find your way back. There might be struggles along the way, but eventually you'll be found or find your way home!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Owen

    I decided to read this book because it fills in the "graphic novel" section in my bingo board. I find the graphic novel section interesting because it is a regular chapter book but it has pictures to go with the story. My favourite quote from the story is when the witch says " May he be fat or lean" because that's when the Witch gets impatient to eat Hansel and then the siblings make up a genius plan to cook the Witch. Something i learned from this book is to protect the people you know. The settin I decided to read this book because it fills in the "graphic novel" section in my bingo board. I find the graphic novel section interesting because it is a regular chapter book but it has pictures to go with the story. My favourite quote from the story is when the witch says " May he be fat or lean" because that's when the Witch gets impatient to eat Hansel and then the siblings make up a genius plan to cook the Witch. Something i learned from this book is to protect the people you know. The setting was really interesting because the illustrator drew the forest all dark and mysterious. The pictures were very very good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dharyin

    I decided to read this book because it completes the graphic novel category on the bingo board. This category was interesting because the pictures add another dimension to the already riveting story of Hansel and Gretal. my favorite quote from this book is "look, oh brother, do my eyes deceive me. Be it truly a house made of candy". I like this quote because it rhymes and is therefore memorable. Something new i learned from this book is that if your parents are going to leave you in the forest, don I decided to read this book because it completes the graphic novel category on the bingo board. This category was interesting because the pictures add another dimension to the already riveting story of Hansel and Gretal. my favorite quote from this book is "look, oh brother, do my eyes deceive me. Be it truly a house made of candy". I like this quote because it rhymes and is therefore memorable. Something new i learned from this book is that if your parents are going to leave you in the forest, don't leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind, EAT IT!!! The witch was an interesting character to me because it would be very hard to live in a house made of candy and not eat it all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rosales

    Hansel and Gretel come from a poor family. Their father, a woodcutter, and their stepmother decide to leave the children in the woods in order to prevent themselves from starvation. The children overhear the plan and devise a way to get back to their house. Their plan fails and they stumble upon a house built with cake and bread. The old woman that lives there invites them to stay. Everything is well until the children learn that they are the old woman’s next meal. Hansel and Gretel find a way t Hansel and Gretel come from a poor family. Their father, a woodcutter, and their stepmother decide to leave the children in the woods in order to prevent themselves from starvation. The children overhear the plan and devise a way to get back to their house. Their plan fails and they stumble upon a house built with cake and bread. The old woman that lives there invites them to stay. Everything is well until the children learn that they are the old woman’s next meal. Hansel and Gretel find a way to escape and return home. When they do, their father is there waiting for them and they learn their stepmother is gone forever.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samar

    I may have bought this book more based on what I like versus my kid. :/ My bad,. lol.. I personally loved this book but as for my child it was a tad bit too creepy and scary for her. She did not like it at all and wants nothing to do with it. So it is mine now lol. I like dark, creepy things. Asides that if you know your child is not into the scary and creepy books and such else in general, as one of mine is and one is not. I would not recommend this book for the young faint at heart, it is afte I may have bought this book more based on what I like versus my kid. :/ My bad,. lol.. I personally loved this book but as for my child it was a tad bit too creepy and scary for her. She did not like it at all and wants nothing to do with it. So it is mine now lol. I like dark, creepy things. Asides that if you know your child is not into the scary and creepy books and such else in general, as one of mine is and one is not. I would not recommend this book for the young faint at heart, it is after all a graphical read. The illustrations are great and it is more along the not less revealed side of the stories of Hansel & Gretel. No sugar coating here. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    This was fantastic and just a little bit creepy. I loved the artwork and usually this style is not my cup of tea, but it just WORKED in this graphic novel. There was something just a little bit punk about Gretel's purple pig tails, and... if you like H&G adaptations, this is a very interesting and quick one to pick up. Also, often I find in graphic novels that the writing doesn't live up to the art, but in this case that was not true. The writing did not do a disservice whatsoever and I found th This was fantastic and just a little bit creepy. I loved the artwork and usually this style is not my cup of tea, but it just WORKED in this graphic novel. There was something just a little bit punk about Gretel's purple pig tails, and... if you like H&G adaptations, this is a very interesting and quick one to pick up. Also, often I find in graphic novels that the writing doesn't live up to the art, but in this case that was not true. The writing did not do a disservice whatsoever and I found the dialogue quite witty and realistic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    I read the Spanish edition. While I'm not crazy about graphic novels, too many pictures which don't let my imagination take flight, I do love fairy tales. So I couldn't pass up the opportunity when I saw my sister was carrying this in her work bag. She's a teacher. In this case, I love the drawings. Like others before me have mentioned, these remind me of a Tim Burton movie. The illustrations have a dark feeling to them, yet they look vibrant. I read the Spanish edition. While I'm not crazy about graphic novels, too many pictures which don't let my imagination take flight, I do love fairy tales. So I couldn't pass up the opportunity when I saw my sister was carrying this in her work bag. She's a teacher. In this case, I love the drawings. Like others before me have mentioned, these remind me of a Tim Burton movie. The illustrations have a dark feeling to them, yet they look vibrant.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I will not lie. I bought this book for the cover. And the inside illustrations do not let down. It's full of creepy and colorful illustrations. It's a classic tale of Hensel and Gretel so there was no surprises. I also like that at the end of the story the author gives you a little history and how it is thought the brothers Grimm changed to spoken story when they wrote it down. Plus, for all you teachers the at discussing questions and activities to go along with the story. I will not lie. I bought this book for the cover. And the inside illustrations do not let down. It's full of creepy and colorful illustrations. It's a classic tale of Hensel and Gretel so there was no surprises. I also like that at the end of the story the author gives you a little history and how it is thought the brothers Grimm changed to spoken story when they wrote it down. Plus, for all you teachers the at discussing questions and activities to go along with the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    "Nibble nibble, like a mouse. Who is nibbling at my house?" (I love it!) This was okay. The art helps with the creepiness of the story and it only took about 2 minutes to read, but what I really liked was the historical reference in the back about the brothers Grimm and their collection of fairy tales. "Nibble nibble, like a mouse. Who is nibbling at my house?" (I love it!) This was okay. The art helps with the creepiness of the story and it only took about 2 minutes to read, but what I really liked was the historical reference in the back about the brothers Grimm and their collection of fairy tales.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Of all these books so far, this one should have been my favorite. The illustrations were very vibrant and complex. They had a Tim Burton feel to them, however, every few panels had this terrible blur on the image. I don't know if it was intentional or an error in the printing, but it gave me a headache to look at. Of all these books so far, this one should have been my favorite. The illustrations were very vibrant and complex. They had a Tim Burton feel to them, however, every few panels had this terrible blur on the image. I don't know if it was intentional or an error in the printing, but it gave me a headache to look at.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A father and stepmother leave their two children in the forest because they can’t afford to feed them. The children, Hansel and Gretel, find a house in the woods. It is made of all sorts of sweets. As they are indulging on the sweets, a blind witch comes out of the house. Her plan is to fatten them up and eat them. The children must outsmart her. Will they escape? Read to find out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    This retelling of the traditional fairy tale was very fun in the graphic novel format. I really loved the illustrations, making the story feel far more scary and Gothic than it is usually perceived.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I don’t feel like this added much to the Hansel and Gretel tales. Unless you count making them look all creepy and emo. It was nice to read a graphic novel of the story to my 6-year-old, but other than that, there wasn’t much to recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Defenestraethe

    The text is classic, with extensive notes at the end explaining when the popular folktale first appeared in print, who the Grimms collected it from, what changes they made. The art is strong: I love those enormous-eyed orphans. Library copy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    those illustrations are pretty darn creepy at times. This would make a perfect Halloween read and I think the illustrations could make a pretty darn creepy macabre movie. I really enjoyed this retelling, short and sweet and remains true to the original.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Harvey

    Great graphic novel for students intermediate to middle school age. I loved the children's huge eyes and the gothic illustrations. Great graphic novel for students intermediate to middle school age. I loved the children's huge eyes and the gothic illustrations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Marsh

    Spot-on retelling -- gorgeous and creepy artwork. A great book for reluctant readers and budding comic book artists!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reba

    Hansel and Gretel find a house made of sweets when their parents leave them in the forest: however, the house is owned by an evil witch who intends to eat them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    When you start this book, you feel like you are being sucked into one of Tim Burton's goth-themed movies, like *Beetlejuice* or *The Corpse Bride*. The gothic art is beautiful, and the story is fun. When you start this book, you feel like you are being sucked into one of Tim Burton's goth-themed movies, like *Beetlejuice* or *The Corpse Bride*. The gothic art is beautiful, and the story is fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Read this one with my girls. They really liked it! Especially the artwork.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    re-telling of classic tale, graphic novel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Love the illustrations. Of course, this is a juvenile graphic novel so it took less than 5 minutes to read. haha.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristin King

    Lil' man rated this a one star. That's the view of a newly minted 8 yr. old boy. Lil' man rated this a one star. That's the view of a newly minted 8 yr. old boy.

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