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Keith McGowan

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children : A Modern-Day Retelling of Hansel and Gretel

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<p>A spine-tingling modern day retelling of <i>Hansel and Gretel</i></p>

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A spine-tingling modern day retelling of Hansel and Gretel

When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average eleven-year-old, so when he identifies the bone as a human femur, he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good.
In a spine-tingling adventure that makes them think twice about who they can trust, Sol and Connie discover that dangerous secrets lurk in even the most pleasant neighborhoods.

Specifications

Series Title
Texas Bluebonnet Books (Paperback)
Publisher
Square Fish
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
192
Author
Keith McGowan
Title
Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children - Paperback
ISBN-13
9780312674861
Publication Date
July, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.50 x 0.45 Inches
ISBN-10
0312674864

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
In this re-telling of ...
In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I was really excited a...
I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
In this re-telling of ...
In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I was really excited a...
I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.
In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.
I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved thi...

I absolutely loved this book! For those of you who like the story of Hansel and Gretel, you will love this new spin on it. The witch, Fay Holaderry has adapted her lifestyle to the present time, living like any elderly person in any community. But, looks can be deceiving. Sol and Connie Blink have just moved to Grand Creek. They have a lovely set of parents who don't really seem to care about them. The reasons, and there are many, become clear as you read the book. Sol is a science nerd. His younger sister Connie loves animals and loves and admires her brother. Sol has a difficult time believing in himself after a terrible incident in the town they have just moved from. Both Sol and Connie must learn to trust each other if they are to survive what their parents, Ms. Holaderry and many others in the town have set up for them. This story's themes of perseverance, trust and relying on family run all through this story. I can't wait for the first day of school to begin so that I can recommend this book to my new students.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

In this re-telling of ...

In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This was a fun story, ...

This was a fun story, perfect for a tween audience (or those wishing to re-live their tween years). The witch from Hansel and Gretel has moved to the suburbs, but she's still got her cookbook open and active. She now works in partnership with disatisfied parents who wish to ditch their inadequate offspring - ever wonder what those big bins marked "Donations" in parking lots are for? But she gets more than she bargains for when some new kids move into town, and their father - who isn't really their father - decides to move on without them. Will the kids figure out what's going on in time? I listened to this on audio with my 10 year old daughter. Luckily she's old enough to understand the humor - and she pointed out a donations bin the next time we saw one. This is a quick read and worth a try if you're looking for something different.

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Remember the story of ...

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Well, the witch - one Fay Holadarry - is still alive. The city has been built around her, where the forest used to be. And her house no longer looks like candy, but she has her ways of getting children. Parents, for example, who no longer want their children can drop them off at various locales. Holaderry does not go hungry. When Sol and Connie move in next door to Holaderry, they immediately smell something fishy. It's not long before these clever kids learn Holaderry's secret and decide to do something about it. This delightful tale is as quirky as it is heartwarming, with distinct characters that readers young and old will not easily leave behind. Illustrations by Yoko Tanaka fit in perfectly with this retold classic.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Remember the story of ...

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Well, the witch - one Fay Holadarry - is still alive. The city has been built around her, where the forest used to be. And her house no longer looks like candy, but she has her ways of getting children. Parents, for example, who no longer want their children can drop them off at various locales. Holaderry does not go hungry. When Sol and Connie move in next door to Holaderry, they immediately smell something fishy. It's not long before these clever kids learn Holaderry's secret and decide to do something about it. This delightful tale is as quirky as it is heartwarming, with distinct characters that readers young and old will not easily leave behind. Illustrations by Yoko Tanaka fit in perfectly with this retold classic.

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