The first thing that I noticed about this book was that the illustrations were not traditional, which I liked. I also noticed that the way the characters were all drawn (short and chubby) wasn't what I was expecting, as the Hansel and Gretel that I had remembered reading looked more life-like than cartoonish. In the story, I thought it was funny how the author added humor to the retelling like when the wife complains about the kids eating all the food. She says, "do you want your pretty little wife to waste away?" and then the illustrations shows the wife with her cheeks stuffed indicating that she is already overweight. I also liked how in the story "the snow-white bird led them to a clearing where there was a small house made of cookies and candy, spun sugar cake." This was the light at the end of the tunnel for Hansel and Gretel, as they finally had found food to eat. Not only was it food, since the house was made out of sweets I felt it would be relatable to young children. However, when the Witch in the story captured Hansel and Gretel and put Hansel in a cage, I felt the store might not be good for young readers. In addition, the witch had bad eyesight (said to be a known fact about witches based on the book) so she thought Hansel wasn't fattening up in his cage so she could cook and eat him. When the Witch tries to eat them however, they push her in the fire "the horrid Witch roasted to a regular crisp." Although I like the tradition of the Hansel and Gretel tale, I thought it was a little bit harsh for a children's book. The main idea for this book is to not talk to strangers and wander off alone.