A revved-up and souped-up version of the classic tale for vehicle lovers.
Little Red, a bright red scooter, loves his neighborhood, a modern-looking, Jetsons-meets-Cars–ish place filled with factories and stores catering to cars and trucks: Wanda’s Windshields, Deals on Wheels, Turbo Tom’s Tune-Up. But he doesn’t love Tank, a mean assault vehicle. But that is just whom he encounters when his mother sends him with some tune-up goodies for his run-down granny, a purple golf cart. Tank scoffs at the quality of Little Red’s offerings, sending him to Zip’s Auto Bonanza for better parts. Although Little Red’s caution lights go off, he does want the best for his granny. Tank, meanwhile, prepares for a “sweet scooter dessert.” But Little Red wasn’t born yesterday, and he senses something’s “out of alignment” at Granny’s. In the end, his maneuverability and knowledge of his ’hood turn out to be his best assets. Gall’s digital artwork is filled with bold colors and fine-lined textures. He cleverly uses the vehicles’ parts to make their faces, right down to Granny’s pearl earrings—her side mirrors. Little Red’s brilliant color nicely stands out against the blues, greens and silvers of the ’hood and the browns of the forest. And Tank is menacingly evil with his canine teeth protruding from his grille.
Vehicle-crazed children will surely love their favorite tales better with a little grease and lots of burning rubber. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-6)