One of the best-loved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in the world, illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.
Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the dark forest by their wicked mother who is unable to feed them. Hungry and lost, they stumble upon a house made of delicious cakes and bread. But the witch that lives inside is not as sweet as her tasty house, and soon Hansel and Gretel are facing the witch’s oven. Can the children’s cleverness save them from the witch and reunite them with their father? From the blues of the dark forest to the reds of the candies lining the gingerbread house, this unabridged story reimagined by Bernadette’s bold and illustrative brush strokes will leave one’s mouth watering for more.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories into literary form.
Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, and for some time was taught by Brian Wildsmith and David Hockney. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Little Drummer Boy. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.