Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2016. Sumi brush work on rice paper and completed in Adobe Photoshop.

Brief Summary: Mama has been taken by a fox. Two chicks trained in the art of jujitsu come home to find Papa missing as well. They discover a feather and go to look for him carefully dropping breadcrumbs as they journey into the forest. They come across a house made of cornbread and start pecking at it not realizing until it is too late that it belongs to the fox. He captures Hensel putting the chick into a crate with Papa. Gretel attacks and everyone escapes the fox.

Comments: This is a fractured fairytale with bold  illustrations full of energy. There are two sisters instead of a brother and sister. Both boys and girls enjoy these fractured fairy tales in my school library. If you like this one, there are more in the series:

ninjaredridinghood    threeninjapigs

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2016. Pencil, crayon, watercolor, ink, and Adobe Photoshop.

Brief Summary: A boy goes on a car trip to visit his grandmother on her birthday and learns that time seems to slow down or goes too fast depending if one is bored or not. He uses his imagination when bored  to help pass time on the long trip.

Comments: Colorful illustrations will capture the reader’s attention. This could be used in the transportation unit of study.