Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hansel & Gretel illustrated by Sybille Schenker, Book Review

By: The Brothers Grimm
Illustrated by: Sybille Schenker
Published by: Minedition / Michael Neugebauer
Released on: 10.1.11 (UK edition) / US edition published 12.1.2013 *reviewed this edition
Source: from publisher to review
5 Owlets- I Loved It!
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Once up a time, near a great forest, live a poor woodcutter, with his two children, Hansel and Gretel....

So begins this classic tale of two abandoned children and their encounter with the fearsome witch.

Sybille' Schenker's evocative and exquisite illustrations bring a quince beauty to this enduring fairy tale.

This is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I've read. I am a huge fan of illustrated children's book, and fairy tales, and this book is one I was shocked I hadn't seen until it arrived in the mail for a review. Based on the stunning illustrations, I am really surprised this has not been awarded anything. I would frame some of the illustrations if I could, but I can't fathom taking this book apart to do that.

The story comes to life with the illustrations. I loved feeling like I was walking through the middle of the woods with Hansel & Gretel. Set on beautifully detailed paper, and interwoven together to that each page is layered, and stands out, it felt as though you could almost reach out and touch the illustrations. I also liked the story itself did not deviated from the one The Grimm Brothers told. I can hardly wait to see what other fairytales Sybille Schenker illustrates. This book is definitely a must have!

This book is easily one of my favorite illustrated books I've read this year!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~