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THE GREAT GRAN PLAN by Elli Woollard


by Elli Woollard ; illustrated by Steven Lenton

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: June 18th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-250-18603-4
Publisher: Godwin Books/Henry Holt

A fractured fairy tale about one of the three little pigs and his brave quest to save Little Red Riding Hood’s granny from being eaten by the wicked old wolf.

The little pig (presumably the third) is living safe and secure in his snug little house when he learns that the wolf is now trying to gobble up Little Red Riding Hood’s poor old grandmother. He springs to action to save her in this lively, rhyming fairy tale mashup, racing through his magical fairy-tale village to collect items to help him on his mission. Vivid, colorful, and humorous illustrations fill every page and will engage both child and adult readers. Readers will have tremendous fun searching out all of the other fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme details hidden throughout the main story, making this an interactive experience as well as a delightful read-aloud. A man with rosy red buttocks walks serenely away from the Emporium of New Clothes dressed only in a crown; Goldilocks and a little bear get into a jolly food fight at the Fairy-Tale Fete. Children will eagerly keep turning the pages to find out what happens next and will learn that maybe granny doesn’t need much saving after all. There is great appeal here for both lovers of fairy tales and silly adventures. Despite the gobbling-up-granny theme, there are no scary images to frighten even the youngest reader. Most of the human characters are white.

Great fun. (Picture book. 4-6)