Review – Little Red Hood

The iconic little red is given the avant-garde treatment in this stunning book by author/illustrator Marjolaine Leray. Originally published in French under the title un petit chaperon rouge, this striking book packs a visual punch – but its clever, minimalist text is the perfect nest for a series of scratchy illustrations that can be – dare I say it, a tad unnerving.

Like the irreverent new release I Want My Hat Back, this seemingly unassuming little book pulls weight against the bully – and this nasty pants wolf is in for a big surprise after he dares throw his weight around with gutsy little Red.

When Red is snatched by this intimidating ectomorphic creature, with razor sharp teeth and rapier-like claws, Red most drily talks through the old ‘visiting-grandma-my-what-big-teeth-you-have’ rigmarole, with hilarious wolfish reaction. And when it comes to the climax of the story – something about eating someone with very sharp teeth – let’s just say it’s just so lovely to witness a bit of girl power.

Clever, funny, a tad dark, this book would suit kids aged 7+ . . . or a little younger if your kids are not a big fat chicken like me. A must-have for lovers of artistic, clever books, with morals so deeply embedded, a bloodhound couldn’t sniff them out. Perfect.

Little Red Hood is published by Phoenix Yard books.

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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.