The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Hansel and Gretel
Publisher: Walker Books
Resenting the love a father has for his children, a witch creates a famine and forces him into losing his own children in the forest before she disposes of him too.
When Gretel pushes the witch into the oven all her evil spells are broken, the famine departs and the children return home to find their parents alive and well.
This version is richer for the addition of the themes of manipulation, hope and love. The illustrations, both the bright and the brooding, reflect the disturbing plot.