little red hood by Marjolaine Leray

A must have book.

An edgy retelling of a traditional tale, the heroine takes on a much more assertive role and gets the better of the wolf, using her brains. The author skilfully concentrates on the point at which little red hood and the wolf first meet and develops the encounter. There are no other distractions, just them. There-by ensuring that we focus exclusively on their relationship.

We first meet little red hood as she is walking towards the wolf, either ignoring him or perhaps because of the wolf’s size and build, she may think he is a tree. The wolf decides that dinner cannot wait so captures her, places her on an object that makes her nearly as tall as him and enters into a dialogue. This is where he makes his mistake. And a doctored sweet is his undoing.

I really enjoyed the sparseness of the text, the combination of the traditional and modern language and the use of different coloured fonts to indicate which character is speaking. The illustrations are expressive and I think convey the characters personalities. I also loved that fact that little red hood came prepared.

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I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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