LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Amy  Blay

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

From the "My First Fairy Tales" series
by ; illustrated by ; translated by ; adapted by
Age Range: 3 - 5
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This board-book retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” features colorful, retro-style illustrations and a few movable flaps.

This version of the red-caped protagonist sports a distinctive cone-shaped hood as she enacts the familiar motions of the story. The sturdy interactions include a swinging basket, a blanket that covers the wolf on Grandma’s bed, a spinner that depicts the wolf’s dreams; they give younger kids something to manipulate but do not add much to the story. There are regrettable inaccuracies and elisions in Bradley’s adaptation of Maurin’s translation of the original French text. The neck of a bottle protrudes from the basket, which readers are told contains “cake and butter” for Grandma, and the wolf wears a pair of frilly pajamas, which the text calls “one of [Grandma’s] nightgowns.” This quick story ends with the hunter shown wielding a pair of scissors on the wolf’s bulging belly as the text recounts that he “rescued Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother” (who emerge unscathed with the pull of a tab). One of the main disappointments of this shortened (but still text-heavy) version is that it skips the “Grandma, what big eyes you have!” routine. The publisher recommends an age range of “0-36 months,” which is consistent with the format but not with the audience’s developmental readiness. Companion title Pinocchio, with illustrations by Tiago Americo, is similarly awkward and unsuitable.

Skip. (Novelty board book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-7338-5625-3
Page count: 10pp
Publisher: Auzou Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2019




MORE BY SUSAN ALLEN MAURIN

ChildrenTHE WOLF WHO WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST by Orianne Lallemand
by Orianne Lallemand
ChildrenMY LITTLE BOX OF ANIMAL BOOKS by Christophe Boncens
by Christophe Boncens

MORE BY MARYCHRIS BRADLEY

ChildrenLITTLE MOLE, PLEASE OPEN THE DOOR! by Orianne Lallemand
by Orianne Lallemand
ChildrenTHE WOLF WHO LEARNED SELF-CONTROL by Orianne Lallemand
by Orianne Lallemand
ChildrenTHE WOLF WHO DIDN'T LIKE TO READ by Orianne Lallemand
by Orianne Lallemand

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith
by Alex T. Smith
ChildrenVERY LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Teresa Heapy
by Teresa Heapy
ChildrenLITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya
by Susan Middleton Elya