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Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn
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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Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is set in Colonial America and is filled with imaginative illustrations and historical references.
"Both quirky and silly, this table-turning version of Little Red Riding Hood from a sibling team (Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story) features a boy hero who saves his grandmother from the wicked wolf with a fizzy bottle of ginger ale. The story begins traditionally: 'In a time not too long ago and in a land much like our own, there lived a young boy.' But David Roberts makes an immediate departure with campy artwork brimming with visual humor and early Americana. The text reads, 'His name was Thomas, but — for some reason — everyone called him Little Red,' opposite an illustration of a saucer-eyed child in a red room filled with red toys. While a woman in his parents' inn tells Thomas tales of 'dangerous encounters with dashing highwaymen,' a masked man sits half-hidden behind a newspaper. (The top story is about Ben Franklin's proposal to make the turkey America's national bird.) Throughout, the edgy illustrations complement the wry, understated text. When the inept wolf swallows the grandmother in her hoop skirt, he looks more like a red jacketed vacuum cleaner than the scary garden-variety villain. In the All-the-better-to-eat-you scene, the wolf, sporting Grandma's wig and lorgnette, is eventually outfoxed by quick-witted Little Red. The boy's ginger ale makes the creature burp up his grandmother as if she were a cannon ball. This riff on the original has pizzazz (and fizz). Ages 4-9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Although not for the fainthearted, this is a great choice for reading aloud to kids old enough to relish comedy of the spine-tingling sort." Booklist
Little Red is headed for grandmother's with a basket of ginger ale when a wily wolf snatches his cape, runs to grandmother's house to devour her, and awaits Little Red! With a new, happily-ever-after spin, the boy tricks the wolf into hiccuping his grandmother out of his belly.
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