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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Gretel and Hansel

by (author) Bee Waeland

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
Adaptations, Humorous, Classic Adaptation, Humorous Stories
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Key Selling Points

  • A wordless retelling of a classic fairy tale in which Hansel and Gretel are shown as thoughtless and greedy while the witch is just trying to be kind to strangers.
  • The illustrator is known for her design work for publications such as theToronto Star ,West Jet Magazine andMarie Claire.
  • Wordless picture books strengthen family literacy when read together, while also enabling independent reading for children who are not yet reading.
  • The dark humor will appeal to readers of all ages.
  • The second wordless fractured fairy tales from the author/illustrator, following The Three Bears and Goldilocks .

About the author

Author and illustrator Bee Waeland is the co-owner of the bespoke print house Vivid Print, in Edmonton. Having graduated from MacEwan University, Bee worked in design studios in Edmonton and Vancouver, British Columbia, before opening her own print shop, which sells local artwork and archive prints. Her style is bold in color and form with modernist and art deco influences. Bee has created art for individuals, businesses, interior design firms and publications. Gretel and Hansel is Bee's second picture book, following The Three Bears and Goldilocks.

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Editorial Reviews

“Illustrations are cute, colorful and simplistic…This is a good book to read with young children and have them help tell the story. A teacher or parent could ask stimulating, open-ended questions to help the young readers create their own story to be retold again and again.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Another wry romp in the author/illustrator’s alternate fairyland, where justice is served to recalcitrant half-pints.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Big, bright, and colourful...Waeland has playfully righted the scales of justice. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Fans will enjoy decoding the bold, color-block images of sweets, and spotting humorous this fractured escapade involving just des(s)erts.”

Publishers Weekly

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