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Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey…

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca J. Gomez

Other authors: Dan Santat (Illustrator)

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Awesome and hilarious!
  sw502 | Aug 12, 2017 |
When their father is kidnapped by a fox, two ninja chicks swing into action in this rhyming picture-book, tracking him down to the fox's corn-bread cottage in the forest. There they must engage in some hand-to-hand combat to rescue their parents, eventually triumphing and going on become crusaders to protect other endangered fowl...

The third fractured fairy-tale retelling from Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat, following upon The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood, this adapted Hansel and Gretel also features the collaboration of co-author Rebecca J. Gomez. Like its predecessors, it presents a martial-arts remake of a traditional tale, paired with colorful artwork by Santat. Unlike its predecessors, it features a fox villain, rather than a wolf (readers will recall that the wolf was reformed at the end of Ninja Red Riding Hood, and took up yoga), and it also drifts further from the original tale on which it is based. Unlike the original, Hensel and Gretrel: Ninja Chicks features a vulpine villain, rather than a witchy one; and parents in need of rescue, rather than derelict in their duty. I can't say, all told, that I found this one as strong as the others - the rhymes were a little more forced, and I found the depiction of the fox rather odd, as his villainy usually draws upon cunning, rather than brute force. Of course, I do research foxes, so perhaps others will have a different perspective. Recommended to anyone looking for fractured fairy-tales and/or rhyming picture-books ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 18, 2016 |
The illustrations and story are in the same vein as 'The Three Ninja Pigs' with a nod to their dojo as the training ground for our crime-fighting chickens. Their adventure begins out of proactive need to protect themselves from the wily fox. And that need becomes reality when returning home one evening, their parents are nabbed. Setting out looking for them, they get lost when their trail of breadcrumbs disappears. A light in the darkness leads them to the Fox's house where they find their parents about to be cooked. Using their ninja skills, they defeat the fox in typical kung-fu style and becoming defenders against crime. A nice fast paced read that works in a school age program. ( )
  jherring | May 27, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399176268, Hardcover)

New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood

These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!
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! Kiya!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:35:16 -0500)

Ninja sisters Hensel and Gretel must rescue their parents from the cornbread cottage of a wily fox.

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