Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn

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In the spirit of Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story, Lynn and David Roberts give the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood a new, fun historical twist.

Little Red is happily taking a basket of ginger ale to his grandmother when he stops to gather apples in the woods. Who should grab his red cape, but none other than the wily wolf, who runs immediately to the grandmother's house to devour her and wait for Little Red to be next! With a new, happily-ever-after spin on the story, the boy tricks the wolf into gulping down the entire ginger ale at once, which triggers the wolf to hiccup his grandmother out of his belly. Little Red gallantly overcomes the wolf and is the hero of the day!

A charming variation of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is set in Colonial America and is filled with imaginative illustrations and historical references.

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About the Author:

Lynn Roberts has worked with children's literature for many years, both as a specialist in bookstores and as a writer. She is the author of Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story.

David Roberts has illustrated ten books, including Dirty Bertie and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. Publishers Weekly praised Cinderella, saying, "With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect fit." He was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration. David Roberts lives in London where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats.

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Grade 1-4–Thomas, aka Little Red, makes the mistake of taking off his red jacket while climbing a tree for some apples for his Grandma. A wolf shows up at Grandma's wearing the coat, and–well, you know the rest. The gentle twists on this tale maintain the menacing tone of the original (Grandma does get eaten, in a single gulp), while allowing the wolf to live at the end, content with the ginger ale that Little Red provides for him. This is the third folktale retelling that the Robertses have put their pen and brush to. Having set Cinderella (2001) in the 1930s, and Rapunzel (2003, both Abrams) in the 1970s, they've headed back in time to a Colonial setting, giving Little Red innkeeper parents and Grandma a powdered wig. The stylized pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations use small detail and dramatic perspective to heighten the spooky, Tim Burtonesque effect. Faces hidden in the forest and paneled walls and illustrative asides (famous paintings, a newspaper headline quoting Benjamin Franklin) build visual richness. The frightening, red forest scenes on the endpapers will be devilishly alluring to young readers who like just a little scare with their somewhat silly and comfortingly well-known tales. A very welcome addition to most folktale shelves.–Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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