Gretel and The Case Of The Missing Frog Prints by PJ Brackston and read by Kate Reading

gretel and the case of the missing frog prints, p j brackston, book journey

No, not my typical read/listen… but a story based off Hansel and Gretel,

a play on words in the title and that cover… how could I pass the temptation? ~Sheila

Many years have passed since Hansel and Gretel had that fateful day the witch lured them to her house made of cake and candy.  Sadly, not a whole lot has changed.

Since that sugary encounter, neither Hans (yes he goes by Hans now) and Gretel (now 35) have had a hard time with their eating habits….both of them craving sweets constantly and always up for a bite to eat.

When Albrecht Dürer the Much Much Younger’s valuable frog prints go missing, he does not hesitate to call the best Private Investigator money can buy, Gretel.  Yes, THAT Gretel.  Gretel leaps at the chance to take on such a case, bribing her hefty brother to go with her with the fact that the city’s Annual Sausage Festival will be taking place around the area she will be investigating.

Having grown up on stories like Hansel and Gretel (which now come to think of it is a HORRIFYING story of attempted cannibalism) I was interested in exploring an adult version of the siblings.  I listened to this on audio with narration by Kate Reading which was a big plus for the story.

I initially thought I would be listening to a middle grade (MG) story but please note, depending on the child, this may not be for them.  There is a part of the story where Gretel is undercover in a Brothel for a time.  I have to add, completely unnecessary to the story line and without that the book would have been wonderful for middle grade children as there are encounters with talking mice, and solving the crime itself would be something I would think children would have fun figuring out.

For the reasons I mention above, I was disappointed.  I looked on-line and did not see on the sites I looked at any age suggestions for this book.  While nothing is really said to make this book inappropriate, an inquiring child may inquire what a brothel is.  This is entirely my opinion as all my reviews.  What initially I thought I could promote as a family listen on a car trip, in the end I cannot say that.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Release Date: January 15, 2015

One thought on “Gretel and The Case Of The Missing Frog Prints by PJ Brackston and read by Kate Reading

  1. Sheila, thank you for your honest review of this audio book. It doesn’t sound like this “modern version” of H & G is the best choice for a young adult reader (or listener), for the reason you mention.

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