The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

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From the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Casey at the Bat comes a rich and exquisitely crafted edition of one of the best-known tales by the Brothers Grimm. Christopher Bing captures the light and darknessas well as the deep emotional coreof the story of an innocent girl and the wolf who would devour her, in this most magnificent and definitive version of the classic fairy tale.
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Overview

From the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Casey at the Bat comes a rich and exquisitely crafted edition of one of the best-known tales by the Brothers Grimm. Christopher Bing captures the light and darknessas well as the deep emotional coreof the story of an innocent girl and the wolf who would devour her, in this most magnificent and definitive version of the classic fairy tale.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bing (Lincoln Shot) works his potent visual magic on this old tale. There's little hint of trouble in the first spreads: Red Riding Hood, modeled on one of Bing's children, embodies blonde innocence, and the large, naturalistic wolf accosts her in a seductively idyllic forest shot through with sunbeams. Red Riding Hood is seen approaching the door of Grandmother's house from above, as if through a security camera, but little else foreshadows the ferocity of the wolf's attack as fangs snap at the girl and Grandmother's nightstand candle and books fly toward viewers. Even at the point of the hunter's gun, the sleeping wolf's image unsettles; he lies belly up, eyes closed, bathed in blue light. On the last four pages, Bing offers a second version, illustrated in black and white ("Little Red Riding Hood was on her guard and kept right on going"), while a third, Perrault's tale (which offers no happy ending), appears as a pamphlet at the very end. Romantics may prefer Gennady Spirin's recent retelling, but Bing drives home Perrault's moral that "...tame wolves/ Are the most dangerous of all." Ages 5–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Little Red Riding Hood of the traditional folktale smiles out at us through an oval opening in the mock old-fashioned embossed jacket. She appears framed atop the similar cover inside. The Grimm Brothers' text is printed in frames on tinted pages that appear antique. In this version, a huntsman rescues both grandmother and child. Bing illustrates double-page scenes with multiple borders as he scatters wildflowers casually around the edges of the text. Fine pen and ink textured line drawings, with intense watercolors added in the first version, create a realistic forest and characters. Our heroine is particularly attractive. Several close-ups evoke appropriate emotions that climax in a turbulent depiction of the wolf's attack. A second version, printed on superimposed yellowed pages with black-line illustrations has Little Red Riding Hood heeding her mother's warning and arriving at her grandmother's directly. There they outwit the wolf, who drowns. A copy of The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault with original illustrations by Ludwig Richter is printed on a small fold-out pasted to the end page. In this version, the girl is simply "gobbled up." A lengthy moral warning follows the abrupt ending. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

This unusual edition of the classic cautionary tale features no fewer than three versions: the familiar Brothers Grimm one; a lesser-known sequel from the same source in which Little Red and her grandma are on the alert this time; and, as a lagniappe, Perrault's earlier and darker rendition on a small folio glued to the rear endpaper. All three texts come from recent translations, and all three are illustrated in different but similar styles—the Perrault with 19th-century engravings, the others with the same realism, closely hatched lines and, for the main version alone, bright and subtly modulated watercolors. The wolf exudes menace, but Bing scatters real pressed flowers over the bucolic woodland scenes, and the closest he comes to depicting the gruesome parts is a view of the wolf's skin stretched out on a frame in the second version. The uncensored, authentic earthiness—Little Red's delivery to her grandma of cake and wine and a closing warning in the Perrault about the danger of "little ladies" allowing even "tame, pleasant, and gentle" wolves into their chambers—gears this toward more sophisticated audiences. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 8 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811869867
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/8/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,302,638
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.66 (w) x 12.34 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Bing, an illustrator whose work includes The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Casey at the Bat, lives with his family in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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