Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

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by James Marshall
     
 

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Mother always told Red Riding Hood not to talk to strangers. But the wolf she met on the way to Granny's was so charming and urbane. What could be the harm of telling him that she was on her way to Granny's pretty yellow house on the other side of the woods? Who could be a better escort than the big-eyed, long armed, big-toothed wolf?

The inimitable James

Overview

Mother always told Red Riding Hood not to talk to strangers. But the wolf she met on the way to Granny's was so charming and urbane. What could be the harm of telling him that she was on her way to Granny's pretty yellow house on the other side of the woods? Who could be a better escort than the big-eyed, long armed, big-toothed wolf?

The inimitable James Marshall, whom Publishers Weekly described as a "specialist in absurdity," embellishes a familiar tale with irreverent flourishes that will have young readers - and their elders as well - rolling with laughter all the way through to the madcap finale.

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.)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140549768
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
ENL
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
14.43(w) x 18.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Marshall was one of the most prolific and successful author/illustrators of children's books. He was best known for his series on the mischievous exploits of Fox, a debonair, lazy showoff; the uproarious adventures of the two Cut-Ups, Spud and Joe; George and Martha; and the misadventures of the Stupidfamily. He divided his time between an apartment in the Chelsea district of New York and his home in Mansfield Hollow Connecticut.

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Red Riding Hood 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A traditional fairy tale version of the story. Cute illustrations. Although the wolf does eat grandma, and the wolf pays for his crimes, it is never graphic. The fact that it is so serious will emphasize the fact that children shouldn't talk to strangers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inappropriate for young kids. In this version, the wolf eats grandma and red riding hood, then the woodsman kills the wolf and cuts him open. Really? How did this get past the B&N staff? Definitely not a bedtime story as we were expecting for 4 year olds. Will be retuning this book.