Looove this book! After a week like this one, Hansel & Gretel is the cathartic retelling of a classic fairytale I needed. Stylistically rendered in a limited palette, this picture book explores crossed boundaries and women's anger. Illustrator Bethan Woollvin, doesn't tell the story of a bad witch, but a caring and generous witch. A witch whose actions are made understandable by the history of unappreciated labor and abuse left out of other recountings. Reading this book I couldn't help but think that Bethan has slyly done a service to the next generation of Hansels, Gretels, and witches.
Hansel & Gretel by Bethan Woollvin ($16.95*, Peachtree Publishers), recommended by Firestorm Books & Coffee, Asheville, NC.