The enduring story of the children, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house is brought to life by master storyteller, Neil Gaiman. Who better to retell the Brothers Grimm’s greatest, and perhaps darkest, fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel? Coupled with breathtakingly haunting illustrations from Lorenzo Mattotti, you will be enticed into the world and into the woods . . . so beware.
I was so excited to get my hands on this beautiful edition of Hansel and Gretel. Not only is it written by the brilliant Neil Gaiman (who you should all know by now that I am a huge fan of), but it’s wonderfully illustrated by the fantastic Lorenzo Mattotti, whose illustrations have been published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, The New Yorker, Le Monde and Vanity Fair.
I loved this tale. Absolutely devoured it in approximately an hour’s sitting, if even. I loved that while I was reading it, it had essence of the childhood classic that we’re all familiar with, but Gaiman somehow has that magic ability to keep the grimness that we know from the Brothers Grimm.
Mattotti’s illustrations I think were what really completed this edition for me. They really captured Gaiman’s dark story telling, and brought the sinister aspect of the gingerbread house and the old lady, and made them all too real.
I recommend this for those who enjoy the darker side to the classic fairy tales, and I definitely don’t recommend that you read this to your children–unless, that is you actually want them to have nightmares.