One last Adrienne Adams-illustrated treat! One of the best-known Grimm tales, "Hansel and Gretel." I'm just going to assume you know this one. (If you don't, wow. Oh, and you can read it here.)
I like Adams's cartoony witch. Contrast her with the menacing, slinky witch from Jorinda and Joringel. (I know I keep describing her as slinky, but that's my adjective of choice.) Otherwise, this is my least favorite book of the three I checked out this week. "Hansel and Gretel" should be a treat for an artist. There are so many great images in the text: foreboding woods, evil witch, cute kids, and of course, that house! And when I find an illustrator I like, I hope to love his or her interpretation of this particular tale.
Well, as I said, I like the witch. And I love the trees. The trees in this book are beautiful. I would paper a room with her tree illustrations. The gingerbread house leaves something to be desired, though. In fact, as I read the book, I felt let down by the pictures. I had hoped for something grander. Something more. Something yummy. Like a yummy gingerbread house.
But I still love this fairy tale.
Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.
Illustrated by Adrienne Adams.
Translated by Charles Scribner, Jr.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.
School is out again. The grand total was 14.2 inches of snow, Wichita's second-highest snowfall in its recorded history. I haven't reserved a room in Topeka for the Kansas Silent Film Festival yet. I have a feeling, as I write this, that we're not going this year. I spend the winter wishing and wishing for snow. Be careful what you wish for?
I wish you all a very merry weekend! Happy reading!
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