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Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

Illustrated by Dan Santat
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
8.88"W x 11.25"H x 0.34"D   | 14 oz | 24 per carton
On sale May 24, 2016 | 40 Pages | 978-0-399-17626-5
Age 5-8 years | Grades K-3
Reading Level: Lexile 650L
A clever twist on Hansel and Gretel that proves ninja chicks are anything but chicken! Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.
 
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!

Kids will fight over this new offering from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood.
“The classic fairy tale gets a fowl-focused, martial-arts makeover in this jaunty picture book… Schwartz and Gomez’s lively limericks tell the story in a swift, kicky rhythm, while Santat’s dynamic, warm-toned, and action-filled illustrations throw a nice nod to kung-fu movies.” —Booklist

"No helpless, victimized protagonists here—only empowered poultry, ready to make it their mission to 'rescue, protect, and defend.'" —School Library Journal

“The wolf from the first two of Schwartz and Santat's ninja fairy tales (The Three Ninja Pigs, 2012, etc.) has finally learned to live peacefully—but the fox has yet to learn that lesson. . . [A] raucous retelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

"This book will delight fans of fractured fairy tales and martial arts action movies alike!"—School Library Connection
© Ari Dorfman
Corey Rosen Schwartz always longed to write a fractured fairy tale and got the perfect inspiration from her son. When he was three years old, he was asked if he spoke Spanish. His answer was: “No, but I speak a little karate.” Instantly, the idea hit her . . . the three little pigs could go to ninja school! Corey has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She is the author of Hop! Plop! and lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two kiddie-chans and incredibly patient husband-san. View titles by Corey Rosen Schwartz
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. View titles by Rebecca J. Gomez
Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated The Blur, Lift, and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. View titles by Dan Santat

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A clever twist on Hansel and Gretel that proves ninja chicks are anything but chicken! Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.
 
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!

Kids will fight over this new offering from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood.

Praise

“The classic fairy tale gets a fowl-focused, martial-arts makeover in this jaunty picture book… Schwartz and Gomez’s lively limericks tell the story in a swift, kicky rhythm, while Santat’s dynamic, warm-toned, and action-filled illustrations throw a nice nod to kung-fu movies.” —Booklist

"No helpless, victimized protagonists here—only empowered poultry, ready to make it their mission to 'rescue, protect, and defend.'" —School Library Journal

“The wolf from the first two of Schwartz and Santat's ninja fairy tales (The Three Ninja Pigs, 2012, etc.) has finally learned to live peacefully—but the fox has yet to learn that lesson. . . [A] raucous retelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

"This book will delight fans of fractured fairy tales and martial arts action movies alike!"—School Library Connection

Author

© Ari Dorfman
Corey Rosen Schwartz always longed to write a fractured fairy tale and got the perfect inspiration from her son. When he was three years old, he was asked if he spoke Spanish. His answer was: “No, but I speak a little karate.” Instantly, the idea hit her . . . the three little pigs could go to ninja school! Corey has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She is the author of Hop! Plop! and lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two kiddie-chans and incredibly patient husband-san. View titles by Corey Rosen Schwartz
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. View titles by Rebecca J. Gomez
Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated The Blur, Lift, and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. View titles by Dan Santat

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