Little Red

Written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

THE STORY

Bethan Woollvin says a huge”Hell No” to a world where girls are the scared maidens in need of rescuing. “Little Red” rewrites the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red is no longer the naive little girl staring at a wolf in a night dress and calling him Grandma.

Little Red is no longer a maiden in need of rescuing.

Little Red can look after herself.

A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bethan Woollvin is oldest of ten children and says in the back of her book that she loves “reading stories to her brothers and sisters”. Little Red was created whilst she was at University studying for an illustration course and it is no surprise that the book went on with win The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

ILLUSTRATION

The illustrations in this book are a joy to look at. Only four colours appear in the book: white, grey, black and red. The drawings are quite simple but boy oh boy does Bethan Woollvin know how to use her drawings to add comedy and express emotion and add to the story. The axe in the background, or a double page spread of Little Red’s mischievous eyes as she ignores gender stereotypes to defeat her foe.

VERDICT

This is a fabulously funny and enjoyable retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red is no longer a maiden in need of rescuing. Little Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf

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