Little RedAges 3 to 7
Klaus Flugge Prize
The Little Rebels Children's Book Award
AOI World Illustration Award for Children's Books
A witty twist on a favourite fairy tale, Little Red was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. The perfect gift for fairy tale fans of all ages, complete with tree-shaped cover flaps, and bright, bold colours that make this a sumptuous sight to behold.
Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way through the woods to visit her sick grandmother. The wolf is hungry, and Red Riding Hood looks tasty, so he hatches a dastardly plan, gobbles up Grandma and lies in wait. So far, so familiar. But this Little Red Riding Hood is not easily fooled, and this big bad wolf better watch his back. In this defiant interpretation of the traditional tale, the cheeky, brave little girl seizes control of her own story (and the wolf gets rather more than he bargained for).
Printed using rich pantone colours, the graphic illustrations in Little Red offer a bold, visually arresting interpretation of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story, by Bethan Woollvin, the winner of The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.
Bethan Woollvin's version [of Little Red Riding Hood] has a far darker ending - and I loved it. The talented illustrator and writer has taken a childhood niggle as her premise for this bold feminist version of the story: would our caped heroine really have been taken in by a wolf in a bad grandma disguise? . . . I won't spoil the ending but let's just say Little Red wraps it up nicely (and warmly) and it has my three year old son thrilled at every read, begging for more.
A talent to watch
This is my book of the year so far . . . Woollvin is a striking new talent with strong retro style illustrations and a simple, witty text.
Angels & Urchins