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* Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
Kate Coombs, illus, by John Nickle. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-41691533-1
In a feat that may astound fairy tale cognoscenti, Coombs (The Runaway Dragon) and Nickle (Never Take a Shark to the Dentist) transform a once-prickly story into something witty and warm. The Grimms' half-boy/half-hedgehog Hans is a shrewd bagpipe player; rejected by his parents, he rides away on a rooster to tend pigs, which he later sends to slaughter. This version's likable Hans is an accomplished fiddler with loving parents, who retreats alone into the woods (riding his rooster and …