Hansel and Gretel (Hardcover)

By Cynthia Rylant, Jen Corace (Illustrator)

Hyperion Books for Children, 9781423111863, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

Fall 2008 Kids' List

“The story of Hansel and Gretel needed a good dusting-off, and Rylant does so in fine style while keeping the story's comfortable fairy-tale character. Without changing the story, she explains the stepmother's motivation and offers gentle life lessons. Corace's illustrations perfectly match Rylant's tone, somewhere north of Rackham and south of Sendak.”
— Eric Robbins, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop, ME
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Once upon a time,deep in the dark, green forest there was an exquisite house made of cake and sugar--a house made to lure lost, hungry children. But the witch whose delicious houselured Hansel and his sister, Gretel had forgotten two things about lost children: they can be very cleverand very brave.

About the Author

Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 children's books, from board books and picture books, to chapter books and novels. Rylant won the Newbery Medal for her novel "Missing May, "and a Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She's also the author of more than twenty Henry and Mudge chapter books, and she became the first recipient of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award in 2006 for Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas. She has illustrated her own picture books as well, including Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven.

Jen Corace made her debut as a children's book illustrator with Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which was a 2005 Book Sense Children's Pick and an IRA Children's Choice in 2006. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, Jen has worked extensively as a freelance illustrator and designer. She lives and works in Seattle.