Hansel and Gretel set off through the forest watched by the shadowy figure of a witch. But all is not as it seems, Willow is a hospitable witch who only uses good magic and Hansel and Gretel turn out to be lazy, greedy and VERY naughty. She invites them into her home and they proceed to eat mountains of her food and wreak havoc with her spell book. Willow is very patient until they go too far and her temper finally snaps. She turns her ungrateful guests into gingerbread biscuits, because Willow is not always a good witch.
This book is great fun, a brilliantly subversive re telling of a familiar tale with bold and striking illustrations.
Share the story
The story starts on the end papers as you open the book, look together at Hansel and Gretel walking through the forest. Can your child spot who is watching them? What do children think will happen?
With chorus ‘….but Willow didn’t get angry because Willow was a good witch.’
Talk about the story
Look back at the book and talk about the havoc the children cause with Willow’s spell book – what happens?
Look at the final illustration of Hansel and Gretel turned into biscuits, what might they be thinking? Why did Willow stop being a good witch?