Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks

Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks

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"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?
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399176265
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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forbesrachel Jun 05, 2018

In this hilarious mashup up of fable and Eastern action flick, two chickens become ninjas in order to save their parents. Like their namesakes, they make their way through the woods, leaving a trail of crumbs that do no good, until they reach a delicious looking house. When the door opens though, its not a witch that answers, but a fox. Between the two birds, the fox is no match. Some quick thinking, and high flying kicks bring the story to a satisfying conclusion. While Ninja Chicks is mainly based on Hansel and Gretel, it also references the Three Little Pigs in several small ways, adding a layer of enjoyment for fans of fairytales. Like Schwartz', and Santat's other collaborations, this one has a snappy rhyme scheme, and comic book elements to enhance the pace and action. Character poses, illustration angles, and words become exaggerated when appropriate. Another awesome edition!

May 07, 2018

Not as good as the other two ninja books by the same author and illustrator, but once again lyrically genius as it's narrated with limericks and martial arts is woven in. My daughter also likes that all the best ninjas are female. ;)

SPL_Kids Jun 21, 2016

A full review of this book can be found under "Summary". This book review was reviewed in the Stratford Gazette in June 2016.


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SPL_Kids Jun 21, 2016

Hensel and Gretel were not helpless little chicks. No, this plucky pair could certainly take care of themselves. They were Ninja Chicks!
When they returned home one day to find that their father had been nabbed by a hungry fox (the same fox who had recently snatched their mother), they sprang into action. The sisters tracked the fox through the dark, tangled wood all the way to his home, a small cottage made of delicious cornbread.
Hensel couldn’t resist the smell of that cornbread. She nibbled at it …. and was promptly grabbed by the fox, who popped her in a cage - along with her parents - for a tasty stir-fry!
Now it was all up to Gretel.
Quickly overpowering the fox with some tricky ninjutsu kicks and throws, she was able to save her family from a scary culinary fate.
Vividly illustrated, this rollicking martial-arts makeover of the traditional Hansel and Gretel story (in which “justice, not dinner, is served”) is told in catchy, rhyming verse.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.


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