Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 The Little Red Wolf

A retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story with a little wolf as the protagonist and humans as the dangerous. This little wolf is off to take a rabbit to his granny, who has no teeth left and cannot hunt for herself. But despite warnings from his mother about sticking to the path, he follows a beetle, a mouse, and a cloud of pollen and winds up off the beaten track. And he also forgets to be cautious of humans, which leads to a very dangerous situation for our poor cub.

The wolf is shown in a vibrant red cape and looks very sweet and innocent. But the young girl has wide eyes and beautiful hair and also seems very charming. This is definitely a case of "appearances can be deceiving." Although the appearances, or illustrations, in this book are gorgeous. At times fanciful colors fill the page with woodland mushrooms, trees, and creatures. In other scenes the tones are more muted and create a grimmer mood.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy retellings of traditional tales, stories with unexpected role reversals, or beautiful illustrations in any genre. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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