Sunday, October 13, 2013

Little Red

Little Red
author: Lynn Roberts
illustrator: David Roberts

Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn

Genre: Picture Book, Fractured Fairy Tale

Summary (from Goodreads):  In the spirit of "Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story," Lynn and David Roberts give the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood a new, fun historical twist.
Little Red is happily taking a basket of ginger ale to his grandmother when he stops to gather apples in the woods. Who should grab his red cape, but none other than the wily wolf, who runs immediately to the grandmother's house to devour her and wait for Little Red to be next! With a new, happily-ever-after spin on the story, the boy tricks the wolf into gulping down the entire ginger ale at once, which triggers the wolf to hiccup his grandmother out of his belly. Little Red gallantly overcomes the wolf and is the hero of the day!
A charming variation of the classic fairytale, "Little Red Riding Hood," Little Red is set in Colonial America and is filled with imaginative illustrations and historical references

Review:  My girls really like listening to this book, and they find it hilarious that the wolf belches out Granny at the end.  I think the illustrations are fun to look at, kind of a Coraline-type version of the post-Revolutionary War era.  My kids missed all the historical references in the illustrations, of course, but I thought they were fun (although did the Granny really need to show so much cleavage?).  Sure, the story is a little gory, but it's less so than the original Little Red Riding Hood. 

Rating: 4 stars

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