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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Gretel and Hansel

by (author) Bee Waeland

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
Adaptations, Humorous Stories, Humorous, Classic Adaptation
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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A graphic retelling of the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in which a friendly woman lovingly decorates her candy home and two inconsiderate, greedy children take advantage of her kindness

When Gretel and Hansel carelessly abandon their wood-gathering chores and follow a fox deeper into the woods, they come across a delicious-looking house, the home of a friendly witch. Hungry after thoughtlessly feeding their picnic lunch to the wildlife, the two children start to devour the candy shingles, shutters and walls until the house begins to crack and crumble. Despite her initial shock, the witch is caring to the strangers and invites them in. But when they overstep the boundaries of her hospitality and start eating everything inside as well, it’s time for Gretel and Hansel to get their just desserts!

Told without words, readers of all ages will delight in this colorful and playful fractured fairy tale.

About the author

Author and illustrator Bee Waeland is the co-owner of the bespoke print house Vivid Print, in Edmonton. Having graduated from MacEwan University, Bee worked in design studios in Edmonton and Vancouver, British Columbia, before opening her own print shop, which sells local artwork and archive prints. Her style is bold in color and form with modernist and art deco influences. Bee has created art for individuals, businesses, interior design firms and publications. Gretel and Hansel is Bee's second picture book, following The Three Bears and Goldilocks.

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Editorial Reviews

“Big, bright, and colourful...Waeland has playfully righted the scales of justice. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Another wry romp in the author/illustrator’s alternate fairyland, where justice is served to recalcitrant half-pints.”

Kirkus Reviews

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