Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Fairy tale
What did you like about the book? A modern looking Little Red Riding Hood wearing a red hoodie is sent by her mother to deliver a basket of healthy-looking fruits and cheese to her sick grandmother. Mom warns Red to beware of the Big Bad Wolf. Along the way, Red meets the Wolf, tells him where she is going, then stops to pick flowers and acorns. She next encounters a bear wearing a beret (perhaps suggesting a connection with Perrault’s French version of the tale?). She helps him pour honey into jars, and he gives her one of the jars. At granny’s house, the traditional exchange ends as usual with, “what big teeth you have!” When the wolf jumps out to chase her, Red first uses the flowers she picked to make him sneeze, then the acorns make him fall, and finally, the honey to attract bees that chase him away. Then Red releases Granny who was only locked in a closet.
Anything you didn’t like about it? According to the back of the book, “it’s a familiar story with a new look!” However, anyone familiar with the most common versions of the story, those by Grimm and Perrault, will notice numerous changes in the storyline that go well beyond just a new look.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to caregivers who are too squeamish to tell children the original version of the story.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers, preschools and kindergartens, public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with other fairy tales in 398.2
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 7/5/17