Friday, July 29, 2016
Far Out Fairy Tales: Hansel & Gretel & Zombies
Benjamin Harper, Fern Cano
Stone Arch Books, 2016
The Undead Family is out of brains to eat! Tourists have stopped visiting their home--a graveyard--for some time now, and the family of zombies is starving. So they venture into the Magical Forest, disguised as tourists, hoping to lure humans to an early grave! Unfortunately, an evil witch has other plans for the crepescular kiddies and sets up her own tourist trap . . .
This was a creative, exciting twist on the traditional tale. Zombies are in right now, and kids recognize Hansel and Gretel. I think it’s a great way to get kids to read. A few plot points threw me off, but I think that’s because I was an adult. After I thought about it more, I realized kids would love it. In spite of all of the brains talk, it had a sweet ending, too.