Reviews for Hansel And Diesel


Booklist Reviews 2006 May #1
PreS-K. The author of The Three Little Pigs (2005) continues his series of mechanized fairy tales. This time he features Hansel and Gretel as two small trucks that venture out one cold, snowy night, looking for gas and dropping a trail of bolts to find their way home. A big, bright gas station is a lure, set up by the Wicked Winch, who attempts to drag the two little trucks into the crusher. The verve in Gordon's story comes from his illustrations, featuring a sharp contrast between the cutesy trucks making their way through a harsh expressionist landscape. Particularly effective is an overhead view of huge stacks of old tires in a grim, black-and-white setting, which is followed by a picture of a glowing art deco gas station against a very black background. At the end, the little trucks are rescued by their parents, and the Wicked Winch becomes scrap metal. Gordon offers plenty for young children to look at and enjoy. ((Reviewed May 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Brother and sister trucks leave their home at the edge of the junkyard to search for fuel. They find a beautiful gas station and are subsequently trapped by the Wicked Winch. Luckily, clever Hansel has left a trail of bolts, and their father rescues the pair. In Gordon's third fairy tale starring trucks, his animation-inspired illustrations again take center stage. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2006 June #2
Gordon follows The Three Little Rigs <\i>(2005) and The Ugly Truckling <\i>(2004) with his third fractured fairy tale. Hansel and Diesel are young trucks that live in a junkyard, but their family is low on fuel. Brother and sister venture out to look for gas. Afraid of getting lost, Hansel drops a shiny bolt every few feet as they search through the craggy junkyard. One haunting image is a view from above as the pickups pass by massive stacks of tires painted gray, black and white amid swirling snowflakes that cover the bolts. Suddenly the night is illuminated by a gorgeous service station with strung lights and candy-striped pumps. "The Wicked Winch" lures them in with the promise of oil and rest, but soon they are awakened by the screaming of descending saw blades meant to shred them. Though this tale has a happy ending, the merciless shredder may give wee ones a fright. The illustrations swing from bright to dark and the brushstrokes are meticulous. Imbued with industrial surrealism, this story, though harrowing, applauds the ingenuity of youngsters and the embrace of a loving family. (Picture book. 5-7)<\i> Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 October #4
Hansel and Diesel joins The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Rigs in David Gordon's series of classic retellings with modes of transport in the starring roles. When the gas runs low, a pair of pick-up siblings leave a trail of bolts as they go in search of more fuel and meet up with a "little old winch" who lures them to her garage. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 July

PreS-Gr 2 -Gordon's third tricked-up automotive interpretation of a familiar children's tale is Grimm with a gimmick: Hansel and Diesel are sibling pickup trucks (so the text reads, though they're pictured as flatbeds) who wander from their junkyard home in search of fuel (trailing bolts in lieu of bread crumbs) and into the clutches of the Wicked Winch. She lives in "the most beautiful gas station they could have imagined…right in the middle of the junkyard!" When the thirsty little vehicles help themselves to deep glugs of her warm gasoline, the Winch inquires, "Guzzle, guzzle, drip and drool, who is drinking all my fuel?" The little ones are saved from the jaws of her ominous metal shredder by their worried parents, who push the winch to her just reward and admonish their evilly gleeful-looking kids: "Don't you ever leave home and scare us like that again!" The junkyard-as-forest is effectively rendered, with bleak towers of snow-covered tires giving readers an idea of the relative diminutiveness of the duo, and the candy-land confection of a gas station is an able stand-in for the classic house of bread and cakes. Among the missing are the familial tensions that serve as the original story's energy source, and the girl-power rescue that makes quick-thinking Gretel a particular favorite. Fans of Gordon's The Ugly Truckling (2004) and The Three Little Rigs (2005, both HarperCollins)-which put in shameless-self-promotion cameo appearances here-will probably overlook what's lacking, but others may want to stick with something closer to the original.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT

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