A classic fairy tale of good and evil, this story follows Little Red Riding Hood into the forest and along the wooded path to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother. But she encounters a Big Bad Wolf with an empty stomach and a cunning mind, who has other plans for Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination encouraging a love of reading.
No doubt about it--Caldecott Medalist Montresor has a unique, often disturbing artistic vision in his works. This has never been more evident than in his interpretation of Perrault's classic tale. The artist adheres closely to the source, an unrepentantly grisly story that rarely appears in its original form. His Red Riding Hood is a model of earthy innocence; the wolf an urbane, dapper figure turned out with hat and walking stick. Played out against Montresor's trademark dark backdrops, the story unfolds with a theatrical simplicity that accentuates its violent and even sexual undertones. Accompanied by an appropriately gruesome illustration, the tale ends abruptly and segues into an uneasy visual denouement: Red Riding Hood floats inside the wolf's swollen stomach across the final three wordless pages. When the hunter appears in the background on the final page, no clue is given as to his purpose and there is no hint of redemption. Older children and adults may well be riveted by the ambiguity and ferocity here, but youngest readers--raised on more benign versions of the tale--will probably be scared out of their socks. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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December 31, 1999
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