LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

INTO THE FOREST AGAIN

In Wenger’s children’s novel, Little Red Riding Hood is at it again—off to Grandmother’s house; this time, though, she promises not to speak to strangers.

With memories of the Big Bad Wolf still looming, Little Red once again sets off on a trip through the shadowy forest to Grandmother’s house. Unfortunately for Little Red, the “strawberry, lemon, cherry, and plum, coconut, kiwi, and blue-buttery-fun” cake that she’s bringing to Grandmother’s attracts lots of attention from strangers: a gray mouse, a bird, a porcupine and a duck. None of them can resist the cake’s yummy smell and shiny candy decorations, and each promises Little Red something in exchange for a piece. Eager for company in the increasingly dark forest, she agrees to allow the animals to accompany her to Grandmother’s house, but only after asking each of them if they are “of good manners and fine repute.” Little Red is reminded by Platter (upon whom the cake is balanced) that she promised not to talk to strangers. But to Little Red, the small animals of the forest are harmless; it’s the wolves she need fear. And sure enough, Little Red does—once again—run into a wolf. Wenger’s tale is filled with catchy rhymes that impart a rhythm to the story, balancing fun and humor with a dark undercurrent of suspense. The illustrations, also by Wenger, are effective but feel a bit rushed. Though the lesson of not speaking to strangers gets lost in this telling, as Little Red repeatedly speaks to strangers without suffering any negative consequences, young readers will learn the value of friendship. Each member of Little Red’s caravan eventually proves to be a worthy friend by playing an important role. Platter, for example, motivates Little Red to continue the journey even when she is most afraid. By the end of the story, the travelers learn the importance of getting to know someone before passing judgment on them. A fun fairy tale with an enduring message: friends come in all shapes and sizes—and they all love cake.

 

Pub Date: March 31, 2011

ISBN: 978-0615445977

Page Count: 58

Publisher: Essemkay Company Productions

Review Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2011

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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One of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.

AFTER ALL I'VE DONE

A middle-aged woman sidelined by a horrific accident finds even sharper pains waiting on the other side of her recuperation in this expert nightmare by Hardy, familiar to many readers as Megan Hart, author of All the Secrets We Keep (2017), etc.

Five months ago, while she was on her way to the hospital with an ailing gallbladder, Diana Sparrow’s car hit a deer on a rural Pennsylvania road. When she awoke, she was minus her gallbladder, two working collarbones (and therefore two functioning arms), and her memory. During a recovery that would’ve been impossible without the constant ministrations of Harriett Richmond, the mother-in-law who’s the real reason Diana married her husband, Jonathan, Diana’s discovered that Jonathan has been cheating on her with her childhood friend Valerie Delagatti. Divorce is out of the question: Diana’s grown used to the pampered lifestyle the prenup she’d signed would snatch away from her. Every day is filled with torments. She slips and falls in a pool of wine on her kitchen floor she’s sure she didn’t spill herself. At the emergency room, her credit card and debit card are declined. She feels that she hates oppressively solicitous Harriett but has no idea why. Her sessions with her psychiatrist fail to heal her rage at her adoptive mother, an addict who abandoned her then returned only to disappear again and die an ugly death. Even worse, her attempts to recover her lost memory lead to an excruciatingly paced series of revelations. Val says Diana asked her to seduce Jonathan. Diana realizes that Cole, a fellow student in her watercolor class, isn’t the stranger she’d thought he was. Where can this maze of deceptions possibly end?

One of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-64385-470-0

Page Count: 310

Publisher: Crooked Lane

Review Posted Online: Aug. 19, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2020

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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