Published May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
When Hensel and Gretel's dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.
But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?
This plucky pair isn't giving up without a fight!
(Pro-tip: if it involves chickens, ninjas or Dan Santat's artwork, I'm in. If it involves all three at the same time? Well. That's just a foregone conclusion.)
Schwartz and Gomez introduce us to Hensel and Gretel, whose parents have both been snatched by a cunning fox. But rather than run away, the chicks sharpen up their ninja skills to face down a chicken-frying foe...
Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks is a zippy tale, with sharp rhymes in an ABCCB structure and an amusing premise. While readers can absolutely appreciate the fun tale of two sisters who are willing to risk it all to get their parents back, it's Santat's art that truly makes the story.
Santat visualizes the world so throughly - from vibrant renderings of the two sisters, to the sly tongue-in-cheek visual jokes as we move through the story - that readers of all ages will come away convinced that there is a magical world where these ninja chickens exist.
Bottom line: All in all, a fun read. But it's Santat's art that makes it memorable.
About the authors & illustrator:
Rebecca J. Gomez has been writing stories and poems for kids since she was five years old. She also loves to hike, draw, and play games with her husband and their three children. She also co-authored What About Moose? with Corey Rosen Schwartz.
Dan Santat won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, "The Replacements." Dan graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2015, he He lives with his wife, two kids, a rabbit, a bird, a dog, and one cat.