Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Absurd Reversal of Hansel & Gretel

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Absurd Reversal of Hansel & Gretel

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An Absurd Reversal of Hansel & Gretel Bethan Woollvin. Hansel & Gretel. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 2018. $16.95. ISBN: 978-1-68263-073-0. 34pp.

This children's book has been created by Bethan Woollvin, a Cam- bridge School of Art graduate, who has won prizes for her previous children's books. This particular book is a curious experiment. It is basically a black and white book with a shade of orange inserted into it. The use of these simple colors makes it stand out for those who want more abstraction from children's books. The lines are very simple. To draw a forest, the artist drew four different trees and then re-pasted them across a page spread. The witch, Willow, is mostly a simple triangle with two ladders for feet, and a couple of arms sticking out. Hansel and Gretel are also simply drawn I matching orange outfits. When the kids eat the gingerbread house, their cheeks gain circles to demonstrate they are stuffing them. …

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