Synopses & Reviews
Several recent versions of Little Red Riding Hood have reimagined its gentle basket carrier as a caped heroine with attitude and British newcomer Woollvin’s retelling follows suit. The text and artwork are smart and economical: thickly stroked trees create a sense of goofy comedy and a stripped down palette of black white and soft gray makes Little Red’s vermilion cape and boots stand out with exclamatory force. The wolf’s feathery tail and sharklike snout loom but his demand to know where Little Red is going doesn’t faze her. It “might have scared some little girls” Woollvin writes in a phrase repeated throughout “but not this little girl.” A droll close up of the wolf’s head shows a dinner plate with Little Red and Grandma in his brain space a fork and knife on either side. At Grandma’s Little Red sees through the wolf’s disguise. There’s a hatchet in a stump outside and another tight close up shows Little Red’s eyes shifting to the right. With a page turn and no further explanation Little Red returns home wearing a wolf suit and a toothy grin. It’s fairy tale revenge that leaves the details to readers’ imaginations. Ages 5–9. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."