Synopses & Reviews
Devour a good book!
In this clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! When the librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie (who wears a familiar red hoodie), rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them (disguised as Granny Winston) to groups of children at the library. This hilarious book, complete with fabulous art and a die-cut cover highlights the importance of books and the joy of reading!
"Some wolves like to eat little pigs; some have a penchant for grannies, but Winston can't get enough of words. Banned from the library for literally devouring books (the paper-over-board book's cover has a bite-size die-cut hole), he's taken under the wing of Rosie, who just happens to sport a red-hooded sweatshirt. She tutors him in a more socially acceptable and personally fulfilling approach to savoring words. 'Winston caught on fast. He learned to eat words with his eyes, which is to say: Winston learned to read!' With that mission accomplished, Rosie and Winston next conspire to get him back into the library-and with the help of some of Grandma's clothes and a natural flair for drag, Winston soon draws record crowds as the Story Lady. 'If anyone noticed the sharp, white teeth, no one complained,' McGee says with a wink. The text may be wordy, but Beck's (Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs) illustrations exude a breezy, contemporary feel, from his delicate ink lines and washes of cheery color to his winsome characterizations. Youngsters just embarking on their reading adventures should eat this up. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Marni McGee is the author of many children's book published in the UK and US. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Ian Beck is the author and illustrator of numerous popular children's books, and the cover artist for Elton John's classic Good-bye Yellow Brick Road. He lives in England.