LITTLE RED HOOD by Marjolaine Leray

LITTLE RED HOOD

by , translated by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Two colors, minimal words, no grandma and a role reversal make for an eye-opening take on the traditional story.

The wolf is huge, angular, spiky. Red is tiny and round, a single line for a nose representing her features. Action starts immediately as the wolf swoops her up and announces, tying a napkin around his neck, that she is dinner. Threatened with the stew pot, Red engages him in the traditional grandma’s-cottage dialogue, pointing out what big eyes and ears and teeth he has, while he threatens her with ever-larger gestures. When he says, “[A]ll the better to eat you with!!!” she says, no, he has stinky breath. “I do?” She offers him a sweet. He swallows it and then—dies, very dramatically indeed. The last page—actually the final endpaper—faces Red directly at readers as she states, “[F]ool!” The minimalist pictures (the wolf and his words are black, Red and her words are red) are energetically scribbled on a white background, and the wolf’s end is fairly bloody, as children’s books go. Originally published in French and then in English in the U.K., it is as subversive a telling as can be imagined. In this country, it might be more appropriate for teens than children. Maybe.

It definitely conveys a sense of power and control that small children in red cloaks don’t often get to enjoy. Gruesomely satisfying. (Picture book. 6-12)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-907912-00-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Phoenix/Trafalgar
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2013




MORE BY SARAH ARDIZZONE

ChildrenA PRINCE WITHOUT A KINGDOM by Timothée de Fombelle
by Timothée de Fombelle
ChildrenVANGO by Timothée de Fombelle
by Timothée de Fombelle

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenWOLF WON'T BITE! by Emily Gravett
by Emily Gravett
ChildrenSUPER RED RIDING HOOD by Claudia Dávila
by Claudia Dávila