Hansel and Gretel

retold and illustrated by James Marshall

Abandoned in the forest, a brother and sister must keep their wits about them to save themselves from a hungry witch.

A poor woodcutter lives with his children Hansel and Gretel and his wife, their stepmother. He is persuaded to leave the children in the woods to fend for themselves. Hansel and Gretel are soon lost and hungry and in big trouble when they snack on the delicious house of a strange lady-witch.

This retelling of a rather grim story contains just the right comic touches to match the colorful cartoon-y artwork. For example, the witch's dress and hat are red, she wears rouge and lipstick, and there are bows in her shaggy blonde hair. The text is set in large type, with short lines, making it a natural for beginning readers.