Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

NN-Junior

The classic “Little Red Riding Hood” story gets the perfect modern makeover in Little Red by Bethan Woollvin.

little redOn her way to Grandmas house, Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf. Now, that might scare some little girlsbut not this little girl! She knows just what the wolf is up to, and shes not going to let him get away with it. In this updated fairy tale with a mischievous twist, talented newcomer Bethan Woollvin uses sly humor, striking visuals, and a dark irreverence to turn a familiar tale on its head.

Woollvin’s updated twist on the classic story sees a pluckier, braver, and far more perceptive Red Riding Hood than in previous versions. And she doesn’t need any huntsman to save her from the wolf’s wily ways.

Woollvin’s simply elegant illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of the book — from the hilarious two-page spread depicting the wolf’s plot (to make Little Red and her grandma into his next meal, complete with proper place setting) to Little Red’s droll eye roll as she humors the wolf and pretends to fall for his ruse. The artwork is stylized perfection, and the emotions and dark humor they convey are exactly right for the story.

Little Red is a fairy tale for the modern child, and the titular heroine is a smart, sassy little girl who won’t let some wolf get the better of her. I laughed out loud while reading this, and can’t wait until my nine-month-old niece is old enough to share this with her. I think she’s got just the right personality to relate perfectly to Little Red.

Little Red is in stores now.

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