Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti 

Title: Hansel and Gretel
Author: Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti
Publisher:  TOON Books
Genre:  Children's Fiction, Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  56
Date of US Publication:  1 August, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

A quick read, Neil Gaiman's retelling of the Grimm brothers' Hansel and Gretel brings back the memories of reading my dad's own childhood copy of The Brothers Grimm as a child and being horrified at the utter darkness of these tales. Once I became a parent myself, I did not read these particular fairy tales aloud. Now that they're older teens they both love more gruesome tales, particularly Neil's stories and are looking forward to reading this one themselves. 

While remaining true to the original, Mr Gaiman adds his own style to the text, and the story is truly enhanced by the illustrations. The illustrations are best viewed in book form (don't rely on a kindle or phone for this one) and there is so much more to them than first glance would suggest. 

This is great for fans of the old fairy tales, Neil Gaiman, and intriguing black ink artwork. 

Thank you to TOON Books (Astra Publishing House) and NetGalley for the DRC!


"If this isn't the definitive edition of Hansel and Gretel, it's absolutely necessary."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create 
Hansel & Gretel, a stunning book that's at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti's sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old.

Neil Gaiman is the best-selling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theater, and films for children and adults alike. His work has received many international awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. He is a pillar of modern fantasy writing. He has said that the story of Hansel and Gretel is what made him want to be a writer.

Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. A frequent contributor of covers for the New Yorker, he's recognized as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. Mattotti won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He collaborated with Lou Reed in re-imaging Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.


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