In this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, a young wolf sets out to take his grandmother a rabbit.
I love a good children’s book, one with beautiful illustrations and a good, simple story. The Little Red Wolf has lovely art but mediocre writing.
The artwork is weird yet wonderful and has a dark fairy-tale feel. The art does fit the story.
The writing is—interesting. And by that I mean peculiar. I know the book is translated from French, and that might be partly why the sentences and wording are sometimes awkward and stilted. It’s not too bad, but it distracted me from the story just a little bit. In one place, the word “verdant” pops up. That’s a surprisingly big word for a children’s book.
I’ll give the story points for creativity. It’s a fresh, upside-down retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The story is unique and sometimes intriguing, but it does lack a real resolution. The ending is sudden and dissatisfying because it doesn’t fulfill the character goal which is set up in the beginning. The book starts out with one story, then switches directions to a totally different one. The result is two, incomplete half-stories.
Unlike most children’s books, The Little Red Wolf has no clear moral value. It has the feel of an original Grimm fairy tale in that it’s sometimes a tad disturbing. I don’t think I’d read it to a small child, but maybe one a little older, perhaps 8 years and up.
Overall this book is worth reading because of the art and the uniqueness of the story. I just think it could have been better.
I recommend this to:
- Children 8 years old and up.
- Adults who enjoy a good children’s book.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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