My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2018
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Books about Books, Magic
Little Red Reading Hood LOVES reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn’t she read this in a story before? Perhaps it’s time she came up with a new ending . . .
This Little Red is a keeper.
I’m surprised no one thought about retelling this fairytale using books and love of reading in the plot before, since it feels so right now that I’ve read it, like clearly this is how the original tale should have been.
Much more interesting than Little Red bringing food to her grandmother in the woods, which is quite odd to begin with, so this is much more realistic also.
Another reason why it feels like an instant classic is because the narration is poetic, with rhymes that I felt tempted to sing instead of read, though I admit towards the last pages when the rescue happens the rhymes are not of the same high quality, hence the minus half star.
I didn’t think I would actually be genuinely surprised by this one, as I rarely am by children’s fairy tales, although I certainly adore reading them, but the rescue did not at all go as I had expected. I imagined books would play a role in it, but a little more physically than fictionally. *SPOILERS* I thought Little Red would use a book to defend herself by making the Wolf eat it, and so he would get sick and stay far away from Little Red and the library, but I like the real ending better. *END OF SPOILERS*
Like Little Red herself, this book is a keeper. Children will love this, and while sometimes books about books can be a bit corny, I find, this one is simply wonderful, as are the illustrations. This is my first book from this author and illustratior, but it will not be my last that’s for sure.
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