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THE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm

THE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

By The Brothers Grimm (Author) , Christopher Bing (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6986-7
Publisher: Chronicle

This unusual edition of the classic cautionary tale features no fewer than three versions: the familiar Brothers Grimm one; a lesser-known sequel from the same source in which Little Red and her grandma are on the alert this time; and, as a lagniappe, Perrault’s earlier and darker rendition on a small folio glued to the rear endpaper. All three texts come from recent translations, and all three are illustrated in different but similar styles—the Perrault with 19th-century engravings, the others with the same realism, closely hatched lines and, for the main version alone, bright and subtly modulated watercolors. The wolf exudes menace, but Bing scatters real pressed flowers over the bucolic woodland scenes, and the closest he comes to depicting the gruesome parts is a view of the wolf’s skin stretched out on a frame in the second version. The uncensored, authentic earthiness—Little Red’s delivery to her grandma of cake and wine and a closing warning in the Perrault about the danger of “little ladies” allowing even “tame, pleasant, and gentle” wolves into their chambers—gears this toward more sophisticated audiences. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 8 & up)