Saturday, September 17, 2011
Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! by Trisha Speed Shaskan
Each spring in my school library I share different versions of a few fairytales with my students. Red Riding Hood is always one. While some versions are a little scarier and the pictures a tad more gory, this version told in the wolf's point of view is actually laugh out loud funny. From the first page to the last you can't help smiling.
The wolf is starving and dreaming about apples which are now out of season. Little Red looks an awful lot like a red apple while granny looks like a green one. They are both so vain and self possessed and the wolf is spot on when he says "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Gerald Guerlais's digitally produced illustrations are simply beautiful. I look forward to sharing this version along with other more traditional ones and having the students compare them. Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Capstone via Netgalley.
Posted by Mrs. Katz at 11:13 AM