|Alida Massari, illus. Katie Hewat, text|
|Pages/Publication Date:||32 / 2016|
The next time you're lost and hungry in the woods, don't assume you can just start eating the first full-sized gingerbread house you encounter. Unfortunately, brother Hansel and sister Gretel are not so cautious, and they soon find themselves imprisoned by the witch who lives inside the house of sweets—but together, Hansel's cleverness and Gretel's bravery save the day. Published in Australia, this contemporary edition of the classic fairy tale, for readers and listeners up to 7, includes bits of humor and wonder in the telling, as well as a memorable visual setting. Italian artist Alida Massari specializes in romantic fairy tale illustration, and her beautiful Hansel and Gretel are almost twins, on the verge of adolescence. Lush folk-art patterns are found everywhere in her paintings; even the tree trunks have flowers and vines decorating them.