Little Red

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by Bethan Woollvin (Peachtree Publishers, 2016)

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Okay.

So this book. Have you seen it? There’s a familiar story at its heart, but this one takes that soul and stretches it into something so subverted, so surprising, and so darn wonderful.

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Let’s just start with a bang. Those undies! Fierce. Be careful with this one.

And then some story sneaks onto the endpapers: a vulnerable girl and a sly wolf. You think you know this one. You might be wrong.

This illustration on the title page is one of my favorites in the whole book. Look at her tongue! That determination. Those boots! An open door. Let’s go.

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Wolves, of course, are big and bad and scary.

“Which might have scared some little girls. But not this little girl.”

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Little Red isn’t like most little girls. Remember that tongue? She is fierce and unflappable and completely in charge.

And couldn’t we have guessed that from those eyes on the cover, cutting and cunning? Or maybe from the hot red that identifies her through the pages?

She is a heroine with some real bite.

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Well. I can’t turn the next page for you. Trust me, (she says, with wide-wolf-eyes) you’ll want to.

If my word for it isn’t enough, check out this post from my dear pal Danielle at This Picture Book Life. (Safety in numbers, you know. Especially if there’s a wolf and a Little Red on the prowl.)

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3 Comments

  • Posted June 21, 2016 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, you’ve made me really want to turn the page. And my library doesn’t open until 10 am! Thanks for this suggestion.

  • Heather J.
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Such a great use of red, white, and black! So fun when a fairy tale is retold/illustrated in an exciting way

  • Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    That IS an excellent undie example. (And thanks for the shout out!)