Written in French. Translated to English and published by Phoenix Yard Books.
I’m obsessed with fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. I don’t think I’ve told you guys that! Well, I am. They’re always on my nightstand and they always show up in my own writing.
Let me warn you: little kids might be scared by the drawings of the wolf (I know I am). He’s nightmare-inducing. And the whole concept of the wolf wanting to eat Little Red is on the scary side. So this book is, like many of my favorite picture books, for older peeps too if not ideally for them.
Let’s just say the wolf doesn’t win this one. Little Red Hood does. And she wins in the cleverest, coolest way.
But at least half the power of this book of course is the illustrations. So spare. so stark, scribbly, expressive. We never see the little girl’s face—only her iconic hood. But we know how she feels by the line of her nose. Her nose! And the wolf, by his eyes and jagged teeth.
Even if you’re not a huge fairy tale fan, this book is so good it will make you one. (Or at least a fan of this book.)
And by the way, Leray’s newest book is April the Red Goldfish. I think we can guess this talent’s favorite color!
In honor of Little Red Hood and Halloween, I give you fairy tale costumes!!!
And how great are these felt wolf masks from Oh My! Handmade?!
The Huntsman from “Little Red Riding Hood” by Make It & Love It.
Finally, here’s my contribution. Cinderella BEFORE the ball. This is all stuff I found in my closet. (Except the feather duster. The feather duster was found at a hardware store.) Put on rosy cheeks and streaks of dirt and you’re good to go!