Little Red Riding Hood

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This beautiful edition of the classic tale is illustrated by one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, Bernadette Watts, known in Europe simply as Bernadette. “The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf.”— Kirkus Reviews*

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.

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Overview

This beautiful edition of the classic tale is illustrated by one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, Bernadette Watts, known in Europe simply as Bernadette. “The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf.”— Kirkus Reviews*

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``A fresh, utterly funny retelling that invigorates the spirit of the classic tale,'' said PW about Marshall's characteristically wacky version--featuring a supremely sly Wolf-about-town and a heroine oozing virtue from every pore. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jennifer Morrin
The tale of Little Red Riding Hood is a timeless classic which every child should experience. While reading Bernadette Watts' version of the tale, I felt drawn back into my own childhood, having forgotten some of the nuances of Little Red Riding Hood and her infamous journey. Watts' charcoal illustrations give life and depth to the vast forest. Her devious villain—the wolf—appears humanlike and thus accentuates Little Red Riding Hood's slightness and vulnerability. The flowers that serve as the wolf's distraction tactic bloom to life on the pages of the manuscript. Despite my preexisting knowledge of the story's general outcome, the illustrations effectively cast an eerie and suspenseful mood, leaving the reader wondering if Little Red Riding Hood will indeed escape the wolf's clutches. Originally published in Switzerland in 1968, this English version will impress a new generation of booklovers. Reviewer: Jennifer Morrin
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

The first retelling is true to the original poignant tale of hunger, cold, and the death of the young girl selling matches on the street. Lavreys's fanciful acrylic paintings soften Andersen's indictment of an indifferent society that allows such poverty and misery to exist. The resignation and calm on the girl's face capture her sadness, as does the artist's palette of soft colors. Bright colors, collage elements, and whimsical landscapes suit Little Red Riding Hood . The girl's coat is a collage of faint words, and she follows a path strewn with vowels through the sun-lit woods. A sinister wolf is coiled around a slanting tree and distracts the child long enough for him to arrive first at Grandma's cottage. This springtime version makes an interesting contrast to Jerry Pinkney's Little Red Riding Hood (Little, Brown, 2007), which takes place in winter. Lavreys's fanciful folk art expands the way young readers and listeners will see this familiar tale.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 This irresistible retelling of the familiar tale will rank high in popular appeal while still maintaining the integrity of the Grimm Brothers' version, with both Grandma and Red Riding Hood eaten and later rescued by a hunter. Through simple words and a restrained use of line in the art, Marshall masterfully imbues his characters with humorous personality traits. The heroine is a considerate, bouncy sort of kid; Grandma, an avid reader, is feisty; and the wolf, a charming villain, is just a bit guilty about his behaviorafter his second meal he admits, ``I'm so wicked. . .so wicked.'' With just a flick of the whiskers even Grandma's heavy-set feline looks both outraged and scared. The cartoon styled ink and watercolor illustrations play harmoniously along with the spare story, and as the drama heightens viewers are treated to fresh perspectives and enticing peeks into Grandma's bedroom. Cheery colors predominate, with a judicious use of black effectively conveying tense moments. Throughout, comic touches are understated (a box of empty imported after-dinner mints lay discretely beside the snoring wolf). A marvelous offering that begs to be added to everyone's storytelling repertoire. Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, N.Y.
Kirkus Reviews
My, what big talent she has! British artist Watts's treatment of this Grimm Brothers favorite was first published in Europe in 1968. Now issued with a new (sadly uncredited) English translation, it will reach a contemporary American audience. The illustrator's detailed, richly colored pictures bear the influence of her mentor, Brian Wildsmith, and she demonstrates her mastery of the picture-book form as she juxtaposes characters across the gutter at strategic moments, employs fully saturated pages at some turns and spot art at others, all heightening readers' focus and dramatic tension at key points. That said, even the inclusion of the oft-excluded scene in which the huntsman sews stones into the belly of the doomed wolf doesn't push the story into terribly frightening graphic content. Earlier, both Grandma and Little Red are devoured offstage in the illustrations, and the four-picture sequence depicting the wolf getting his comeuppance is comical rather than gory. The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840089
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 272,792
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

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