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