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Contributor(s): Alexander, Jed
ISBN: 1944903119     ISBN-13: 9781944903114
Publisher: Cameron & Co
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: April 2018
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Annotation: A wordless take on the classic tale, Little Red Riding Hood, in which the Big Bad Wolf and other woodland creatures are planning something surprising.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories without words.
Wolves; Fiction.
Forest animals; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017033993
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (0.70 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #2)

Riffs on "Little Red Hiding Hood" are many, but there's always room for more, especially when they're as good as this. In dense and delicate black lines, debut author-artist Alexander constructs a forest thick with trees for the small girl to traverse. But before readers even reach the title page, there are hints that this wordless story may not follow the expected trajectory: an opening spread shows the enormous and slyly smiling wolf walking toward Grandmother's cabin, bags of party hats and wrapping paper in its jaws. Red herself is a squat, no-nonsense heroine decked out in heavy black boots and a red hoodie sweatshirt. She's intercepted by the wolf, whose bulk and giant, lustrous tail almost seem to engulf her. The wolf seems to be toying with Red—or distracting her, perhaps. Foxes carrying red balloons sneak past as the two talk, and squirrels scurry by with trailing streamers. Alexander dials back the danger while still maintaining a degree of suspense: the only thing getting eaten in his version of the story is birthday cake. Ages 4–8. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary.(Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 2—In Alexander's version of "Little Red Riding Hood," things are not what they seem. The story starts out much like the original, with a little hooded girl entering a dark forest carrying a basket of goodies. There she encounters a wolf, which, notably, is one actually large enough to swallow a child. It is at this point that something will pique viewers' interest; animals bearing gifts start walking by. Readers will only understand how deftly the author plays on their preconceived notions once they reach the end. What starts out as the normal cautionary tale becomes a sweet surprise that changes kids' perceptions of the archetypal wolf. With this knowledge, a second read-through proves a different experience. The variety in character expressions and body language supply some obvious dialogue choices for this wordless book; however, readers will likely narrate it in a different manner once they realize that the wolf is deliberately distracting the girl. These two possible interpretations were successfully executed, partially because of how carefully the characters were placed and posed on each spread. Overall, the illustrations are striking. Beautiful pencil strokes fill out the world and provide a background contrast for the limited reds. VERDICT A charming and truly surprising take on the familiar story that will delight readers of all ages. A contender for the wordless picture book of the year.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont.

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