By Adam Gidwitz

ISBN-10: 1101445289

ISBN-13: 9781101445280

Hansel and Gretel stroll out in their personal tale and into 8 different vintage Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy stories. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us via encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the satan himself. because the siblings roam a wooded area brimming with menacing foes, they study the real tale in the back of the recognized stories, in addition to the best way to take cost in their destinies and create their very own fortunately ever after. simply because as soon as upon a time, fairy stories have been awesome.

Unlike any children's booklet I've ever learn. [It] holds as much as a number of rereadings, just like the vintage i feel it is going to end up to be." - New York instances ebook Review

"An audacious debut that's depraved shrewdpermanent and depraved funny." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Addictively compelling." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Charming and creative . . . the precise haunted book." - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"One of the year's most sensible children's books." - The Virginian-Pilot


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Tell me somethin’ I don’t know, Quinn. If they make you so bleedin’ nervous, why don’t you leave? …And also the fact that you haven’t paid us yet. As usual, getting money out of you has been like trying to get a river to run uphill! Keep yer dresses on, ladies…I’ve got an idea how to make ’em hit the road. when they do, You’ll get yer money! We can’t go too far wit’out the crew, now can we? An’ ’ow would it look, if ’alf the crowd just up and left in the middle of a thunderstorm? The jinglin’ of coins—the more of ’em, the better—is a sound all three of us fancy, unless I’ve sorely misjudged you both.

Hm? Wasn’t me. Lucky for us that you didn’t end up flooding the place… …We’d have owed master Grig a small fortune to replace these rugs! Eudora! Listen to me, woman, and listen good. There’s a redheaded girl and a blue norker somewhere in the inn. Don’t bother asking why, but it’s important they stay in the inn, get me? The last thing I need is some bunch of red-caped do-gooders hoggin’ any reward the Queen might be offerin’! If you see ’em, try to corner ’em someplace. Just don’t let those Queen’s Dragons out front know they’re here.

The Queen makes those kinds of decisions. The Queen decides whether you have another drink? Ha! Just my Silver Coast sense of humor there. No disrespect intended, good sir. Now here’s that drink… Well, we’re in another dark room. How’s that for progress? Looks like a pantry. The coast is clear… …let’s go. There’s the door…let’s make a run for it. Wait! Oh, great. Look! It’s Patchy McOne-Eye! Any other bright ideas? Now, Captain, you never did answer my question. Three steps forward… Okay, five steps forward… You said the Queen decides whether or not to offer a reward, but you never said whether or not she had decided.

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