Hansel and Gretel Oversized Deluxe Edition (A Toon Graphic)

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The New York Times raves, "Hansel and Gretel astonishes from start to finish" while Kirkus Reviews declares, "If this isn’t the definitive edition of Hansel and Gretel, it’s absolutely necessary."

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 ...

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Overview

The New York Times raves, "Hansel and Gretel astonishes from start to finish" while Kirkus Reviews declares, "If this isn’t the definitive edition of Hansel and Gretel, it’s absolutely necessary."

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. Neil 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. The stunning deluxe edition features a larger size (9.125" x 12.625"), 60 pages, plus a die-cut cover with high gloss cover all around.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Maria Russo
Written with a devastating spareness by Neil Gaiman and fearsomely illustrated in shades of black by Lorenzo Mattotti, the newest version of Hansel and Gretel astonishes from start to finish. It doesn't hurt that the book itself is a gorgeous and carefully made object, with a black floral motif on its pages' decorated borders, along with red drop caps and tall, round gray page numbers…All the well-chosen detail provides an ideal backdrop for what Gaiman and Mattotti have done with the Grimm Brothers' familiar story…Their rendition brings a freshness and even a feeling of majesty to the little tale. Some great, roiling essence of the human condition—our fate of shuttling between the darkness and the light—seems to inhabit its pages.
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If this isn’t the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it’s absolutely necessary.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

I love Gaiman’s and Mattotti’s Hansel & Gretel. The writing is rich. ("They went so deep into the old forest that the sunlight was stained green by the leaves.") And the art is striking. I have never seen a more chill-inducing rendition of the witch's gingerbread cottage. I swear it looks like there's a skull atop it.
—Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Some books you’re excited about because you like the author and you know what to expect. Others are exciting because you like the author and you have no idea what to expect. That’s the case with this TOON Books version of Hansel & Gretel written by Neil Gaiman.
—Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 4 Up—In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of "Hansel and Gretel," about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch. In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. This exhibit inspired Gaiman to write his own version, and Mattotti's images and Gaiman's text are combined in this book. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist's drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms's original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti's artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children. An extensive note on the history of the tale's origins is included as back matter. Mattotti's amazing work will inspire a new generation of readers, and this volume will give chills. The oversize deluxe edition features a die-cut cover.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179658
  • Publisher: TOON Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 58,608
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the best-selling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theater, and films for children and adults alike. A pillar of modern fantasy writing, he has received many awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugo Awards, two Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. The story of Hansel and Gretel is one of his favorite tales from his childhood.

Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian illustrator and comics and graphic artist. He is recognized today as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comic art. His works have been featured in such magazines as The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Le Monde, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. He won an Eisner Award in 2003 for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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    1. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portchester, England
    1. Education:
      Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
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