Hammy & Gert: Lost in the Forest by Anne Murray

by Anne Murray
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Alt="hammy & gert"Hammy & Gert: lost in the forest. A retold fairy tale about brave siblings (upside-down fairy tales Book 3) by Anne Murray

Hammy and Gert, just like Hansel and Gretel, were lost in the forest. Abandoned by their mother. Well, actually both parents if you want to get down to the nitty gritty. Needed to find their way home. But they seemed to be trapped in the woods without a path to follow. How would they find their way?

Hammy and Gert had been taking care of each other for a long time. They had skills that most children did not. They could scavenge food to eat and find ways to stay warm and safe. Even have fun with each other when the world seemed dangerous and threatening.

But would they ever find a true home? One where they were treasured and welcomed?


Hammy & Gert by Anne Murray is a wonderful re-telling of Hansel & Gretel.  It is a clever, fun and original adaptation that children will definitely love and be richly entertained by.  The artistic eye-appealing illustrations bring the book to life and the messages within the story are positive, uplifting and inspiring.

With humorous contemporary language that children can relate to and enjoy, comes this endearing and imaginative tale about a delightful brother and a sister.  Siblings, that despite not being wanted by their mother and father, remain cheerful, take care of each other and even when scared… remain very polite.  Hammy, the loving protective brother, tries not to show his fear when they are abandoned in the forest.  Using their quick wit and intelligence they determine to look after each other and find a way out.  They stumble across a very modern building and decide to see if there is help inside.  Captured by a fierce looking man, it is Gert’s inventive net that enables them to escape.  Hammy & Gert is an especially captivating and engaging children’s story, due to Anne Murray’s unique descriptive writing style and amusing narration, along with the truly beautiful and colorful illustrations. My children were overjoyed and pleased with this story when I read it to them. Since then, they have had me read it to them several times, and they keep picking it up just to look at the incredible illustrations.

Hammy & Gert: Lost in the Forest is not only creative and exciting, it emphasizes that home is not a building or a place, it is where your heart is and where you are.  It also is designed to open children up to discussions on home, and who your ‘real’ family are.  Anne Murray has crafted a well-written and delightfully entertaining story that touches on kindness, manners and keeping a positive attitude amongst other things.  Hammy & Gert, along with all of Anne Murray’s utterly charming upside-down fairy tale book series, comes highly recommended by Kids Lit Book Café. Book review written by T N Traynor for Kids Lit Book Cafe Reviews.

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Alt="hammy & gert book review by kids lit book cafe"Hammy & Gert: Lost in the Forest by Anne Murray
Series: Upside-Down Fairy Tales
on Dec 16, 2019
Genres: AdventureChildren’s FictionFairy Tales
Pages: 51
Format: KindlePaperback
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