In this inspired rendering of the classic Grimm Brothers folktale, five-time Caldecott Honor winning artist Jerry Pinkney introduced two favorite children's characters to a new generation: the sly, scary wolf and the sweet little girl in her famous red hood. Readers will squeal with delight all over again during that most memorable scene when Little Red Riding Hood declares, "Oh, Grandmamma, what great teeth you have!"
Pinkney's charming, masterfully-wrought illustrationsas warm and cozy as LIttle Red's cloak and as captivating ast he clever wold himselfare sure to lure you into the heart of this treasured tale.
Produced in the same generous format as Pinkney's (The Ugly Duckling) previous retellings of classic tales, this inviting work opens with a view of the heroine's mother posed very much like Whistler's mother, stitching a certain red cloak as a small window shows snow falling. Next she fills a basket with chicken soup and raisin muffins for ailing Grandmother and instructs her daughter, "Mind you, little miss . . . . Be certain to go straight there." As the girl sets out, the full-bleed art, rendered in Pinkney's characteristic style, reveals snowy woodlands in which animals and birds are cleverly camouflaged. The wolf, however, appears front and center. He "had a mind to eat her up at once," but the presence of woodcutters nearby deters him, and so he addresses her "in his most pleasant voice." The inclusion of various sounds-the "crunch, crunch" of the child's footsteps in the new snow, the "chop, chop" of the woodcutters' tools, and so on-augments the book's appeal as a read-aloud. The wolf, although seen repeatedly with its jaws open, sharp teeth bared, mostly cuts a comical figure, poorly disguised in Grandmother's nightgown and cap. The writing and the art are spry and satisfying, and with its blue-eyed African-American heroine, this book will be especially welcomed by families looking for traditional tales that feature a multiracial cast. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information