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It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel is Josh Funk’s second book focused on rewriting traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Like, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, this story takes the classic and gives it a modern twist with multiple perspectives. Funk expertly weaves the voices of each of the characters with playful banter from the narrator.

Gretel is not so sure that the narrator has the story right and works to set it straight.

Kids love this humorous tale and the silly antics of the characters. They hunt through the bright illustrations to find the other fairy tale characters and enjoy the back and forth between them all.

I love how Gretel argues. She wants to tell the story her way. ~2nd grade student

The play on words and miscommunications make this a perfect text for author’s craft and multiple perspectives. Students will love writing their own fairy tales with a twist after reading this one.

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel is a contender in this year’s March Book Madness in the Picture Book Division. A great resource to get your students excited about books. Check it out at

I love Josh Funk! ~ Benji, Age 5

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