Written by J.A. White
A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive.
Primary Source Pairing:
In a truly terrifying mash up of fairy tale elements, Alex must weave together stories of his own to have any hope of escaping his Hansel-and-Gretel-style living nightmare. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study an illustration of Hansel and Gretel, created by children’s book illustrator Arthur Rackham in 1909.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see.
- What do you notice first?
- What people and objects are shown?
- How are they arranged?
- What is the physical setting?
- What’s happening in the image?
- Make a connection to something you see in this painting to something you read in Nightbooks.
- What other fairy tale elements were present in Nightbooks?
- How do you feel when you study this painting?
- How did you feel as you were reading the book Nightbooks?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Hansel and Gretel, created by Arthur Rackham, 1909: Wikimedia Commons