Reviews for Hansel and Gretel


School Library Journal Reviews 1985 October
K-Gr 2 Wallner uses an adaptation by Andrew Lang (from his Blue Fairy Book ), an odd combination of loose phrases and stiff ``old-fashioned'' phrases. The stepmother is dispatched in half a sentence, and even the witch's demise is pictured with a little pinkish fire and semi-comic flapping of garments. But the story remains intact and moves through the standard episodes that children have committed to memory. The invention lies in the visual presentation. White dominates, perhaps to reinforce the wintertime setting (never mentioned in the text). Transparent watercolors reveal the white paper they're painted on; white margins surround framed pictures and text; and many of the pictures are vignettes which expose more of the white page inside the borders. It's hard to get the sense of evil Zwerger creates in her misty brown scenes (Picture Book Studio, 1983) or the rich melodrama of Zelinsky's full-page oil paintings (Dodd, 1984). There's a delicacy to Wallner's approach that belies the potentially tragic consequences of the events. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State Univ . , Columbus Copyright 1985 Cahners Business Information.

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