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Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

MA: Children's Literature

Directing Professor

Lisa Rowe Fraustino


Over the years, Grimms’ tales, including Hansel and Gretel, have been adapted and retold in many forms. One popular form is the picturebook, which provide authors and artists with the opportunity to craft both textual and visual representations of the story. While there are many types of adaptations from serious to the absurd, this paper focuses on five picturebook versions of the tale each written and illustrated by the same person to show how artists’ choices change the emotional impact of the tale. Each artist uses a variety of elements from the size of the book itself, to the colors and media used, to specific details included in each scene and each choice either adds tension or lessens tension. The illustrations combined with the choices made in the text create either a creepy, tense version or a comfortable, relaxed version of the story.

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