It’s Not a Fairy Tale (Book 2)

By: Josh Funk

Illustrated by: Edwardian Taylor

Published: February 1, 2019

Publisher: Two Lions


This is the second in the It’s Not A Fairy Tale series by Josh Funk. The first was IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.

The storyteller is trying to tell the long-time fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, but instead, Hansel and Gretel keep taking the story in their own direction. It’s full of complete silliness. Hansel refuses to believe his parents left them in the woods on purpose and that the witch in the house really wants to cook them. Gretel doesn’t understand why her name can’t be first and call the story Gretel and Hansel. They completely take their story and give it their own twist that will keep kids guessing and giggling all the way to the end.

There are numerous things going on throughout each page of the book. The expressions on Hansel and Gretel’s faces are full of emotion. The quote bubbles are when Hansel and Gretel take over the story while the storyteller’s part is the regular print on the page. The illustrator includes all kinds of unique things to find on the pages including a caterpillar or some mice.

This new version of Hansel and Gretel is sarcastic, witty, and totally fun. Kids can learn from Hansel and Gretel about staying positive and finding the fun in every situation. Kids will also learn that they can write their own stories and make it fun!

Josh Funk is the author of a bunch of picture books including the popular LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST series and recently, HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE. He lives in New England with his wife and children. Learn more about Josh Funk by visiting his website, HERE.

Edwardian Taylor has worked as a visual development artist and character designer in the game and animation industry. He illustrated the picture book, RACE! written by Sue Fliess. He lives in Texas with his partner and their four dogs. Find out more at his website, HERE.

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