Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

1998 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
By: Brothers Grimm
Illustrator: Jean-Francois Martin
ISBN: 0-7892-0421-5
Hardcover Price: $6.95
This is a near-irresistible rendition of the Grimm tale, in which a plucky Red Riding Hood marches resolutely through a birch forest to bring her ailing grandmother a decidedly Gallic pick-me-up: “a piece of pie and a bottle of wine.” In this telling, the wicked wolf makes short work of both grandma (whom we only meet in the book’s final illustration) and grand-daughter, only to have his bloated belly efficiently snipped open by a passing hunter. “The wolf, of course, did not survive the operation”, and Little Red Riding Hood gets to keep part of his hide “so that her mother could make her a nice fur coat.” The pictures are fresh, bright and wittily action-packed. The format is appealingly small, and the $6.95 price makes this the best children’s book bargain in many a moon. In the same series are a Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Puss in Boots and Three Little Pigs.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1998 Parents' Choice

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