Hansel & Gretel

illus. by Bethan Woollvin. 32p. Peachtree. Oct. 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781682630730.
PreS-Gr 2—Even a good witch has her limits, as Woollvin proves in her third twisted fairy tale following Little Red and Rapunzel. Willow, in her triangular gray cape and peaked hat combo, is a kind witch who has built herself a cozy gingerbread home. Concerned that bread crumbs being dropped by two children may lead rodents to her tasty abode, she asks Hansel and Gretel to help her pick up the debris. The self-centered kids refuse, so Willow cleans up the mess herself. "But Willow did not get angry, because Willow was a good witch." Though she graciously invites the hungry children to dinner, the twins continue to create chaos, eating all the food and breaking into Willow's store of magic props. Making a valiant attempt at remaining courteous and staying cool, Willow has finally had enough. Gray and black gouache illustrations painted on white cartridge paper are highlighted with pops of bright orange in solid blocks of color.
VERDICT The wicked children get their just desserts, and readers get a humorous and unique version of an oft-told tale. Purchase for most shelves.

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