Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine.
Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion.
The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red, but his plan doesn’t work out the way he wanted.
A classic fairy ta
*Starred Review* Little Red is off to take some medicine to her Auntie Rosie, who has come down with a case of spots. Trailed by her tiny pet goat, she passes the sleepy crocodiles, the chattering monkeys, and the leaping gazelles. Everyone says hi to Little Red, but uh oh! Who's that peeping out from behind the baobab? It's no surprise when the lion takes a shortcut to Rosie's house, puts on a nightgown, and prepares to ambush Little Red. It is a surprise, however, when Little Red flips around "What big teeth you have" to teach Lion a few lessons. First up, "what tangled hair you have!"—a lovely set of beribboned braids will do the trick. Next up, that nasty maw—"brush, brush, brush." Finally, that old nightgown has got to go. Startled Lion is not only still hungry (but much prettier); he's tired of being fussed over, and in exchange for a promise to behave, he gets to share a box of doughnuts with Little Red and her aunt. Spectacular, zingy, warm colors, an African setting, fantastic comic timing, and cartoonish, acrobatic lines infuse this updated take on a classic tale with maximum humor and energy. This hilarious retelling is destined for repeat reads. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
In a freewheeling reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood, Smith (the Claude series) transplants the story to a contemporary setting in an unspecified African nation and introduces Little Red, a spindly-limbed girl who's more than a match for the lion standing in for the tale's traditional wolf. When Little Red's Auntie Rosie breaks out with spots all over her skin, Little Red leaps to deliver the needed "spot medicine." Her journey is far more fun than that of her predecessor ("Little Red walked under the giraffes, over the sleepy crocodiles, and past the chattering monkeys"), eventually meeting the lion, who devises a five-step plan for eating Little Red and Auntie Rosie. Smith's narration is perfectly pitched to be read aloud ("This had not been part of the Lion's plan," he writes after Little Red twists his unruly mane into 20+ braids with a bow capping each one), and the vibrantly colored and playfully detailed illustrations are just as entertaining. It's a spry and very funny retelling with a heroine whose savvy and take-charge attitude carry the day. Ages 3–5. Agency: Arena Illustration. (July)
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