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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspired take on Red Riding Hood - edgy eighteenth century yet perfectly pitched for modern children., 24 Nov 2008
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ELH Browning "Esther-Lou" (Kingston Bagpuize, Oxon) - See all my reviews
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This is an outstanding picture book - a brilliant and original take on the old classic story of Red Riding Hood. In a most stylish and forward thinking way, the Roberts duo place the tale in an 18th century setting where you can imagine highway men pouncing upon unsuspecting horse-drawn carriages. Little Red is a young lad who wears an old-fashioned red coat, lives in an tavern frequented by travellers and takes a basket of ginger beer, cake and apples to his grandma. Wolf spies him, reaches Grandma's cottage first and gobbles her up, but in a twist designed for contemporary children Little Red cleverly persuades him to have some ginger beer. Wolf overdoes it with the fizz, and Grandma flies out of his mouth in an enormous (and hilarious if you are 3-7) burp.
The illustrations are wonderful, clean-lined yet detailed, and perfectly pitched to be dark and eerie for the young child yet cleverly remaining on the right side of terrifying. How could anyone be too scared of a wolf dressed in a wig, flowery dress and mob cap?
The best retelling of Red Riding Hood I have come across, this truly deserves to last the test of time.
& enjoy this? Try Lauren Child's Beware of The Storybook Wolves next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist on the original, 26 Nov 2011
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I used this book with my Year 2 class, following on from a traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood. The pictures are brilliant and the similarities and differences to the original story provide the ideal vehicle for a comaprison: Little Red is a boy; he stops to pick apples; he has tea with the wolf; he overcomes the wolf by giving him ginger beer (which is tastier than Grandma); he burps out Grandma; he is a reformed character (or is he?) etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant alternative to Little Red Riding Hood, 28 May 2013
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I am a primary school teacher doing the topic "Once upon a time".
This book was recommended by Hamilton Planning. I wanted to get my children writing more in the afternoon (topic lessons), especially the boys.
I think it's brilliant for boys as it offers a male main character, ginger beer and a burping wolf!
Not not to like?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 21 Nov 2012
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Ms. K. J. Lee "Charliex2" (London) - See all my reviews
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Have just read this to 7yo boy and it really made us laugh (rare). The words play a great straight to the very funny drawings. I particularly loved the 18th c references. The pic of the wolf on the grandma's doorstep crammed into the red coat is very droll. It is also a good length, not too short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fizzingly Fab, 22 Mar 2009
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Mrs. B. Lynch - See all my reviews
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Used this book with a class of 6-7 year olds. They loved the new take on a traditional tale. Would recommend this to parents and teachers everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!, 2 May 2014
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This book is fantastic. The illustrations are amazing and I love the slightly dark twist. Check out Rapunzel and Cinderella too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!, 12 Aug 2013
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Children will love this re-telling of an old favourite. The illustrations are superb and there is something new to find each time you read it. Superb!!
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Little Red by Lynn Roberts (Paperback - 24 Mar 2011)
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