Neil Gaiman’s Hansel & Gretel has an unexpected inspiration
Neil Gaiman writes stunningly original stories that can make the skin crawl and the teeth chatter. But his latest work might sound familiar: it’s an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm breadcrumb dropper, Hansel & Gretel.
A collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti for Toon Books, Hansel & Gretel is a swirl of inky lines with our hero and heroine always at a distance, as lost in the chaos of the images as they are in the forest. The setting here is no fairy tale — Gaiman sets his retelling of the story in a war zone. This decision was inspired after visits to two refugee camps in Jordan where Syrian refugees are building their lives as their country continues to fall apart. (Watch: Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive.)