Red Riding Hood by James Marshall

Red Riding Hood

Written by James Marshall
Illustrated by James Marshall

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Here is a delightfully good Red Riding Hood and a darkly bad Wolf! Little Red Riding Hood sets off to visit her grandmother but on the way, while she is in the dark, dark wood, she meets a wolf! Although she has been told not to talk to strangers, the wolf has such good manners that Little Red Riding makes the mistake of thinking that he will do her no harm… What happens next runs the full gamut of the traditional story. You may be sure the wolf does not come to a good end!


Red Riding Hood by James Marshall

Who but James Marshall could transform the classic fairytale of Red Riding Hood into a wickedly funny spoof?

Granny isn't feeling up to snuff today, says Red Riding Hood's mum, so Red Riding is on her way to the other side of the woods with a tasty custard pie in tow - that will cheer Granny right up. But, suddenly, an irresistibly charming wolf appears (wearing a delightful straw hat) and insists that (the very trusting) Red Riding Hood be escorted to her granny's. Can you guess what happens next? I'm wicked. So wicked, says the Wolf and not only does he gobble up poor old Granny...but Red Riding Hood too! Tasty. So tasty, he says, patting his full belly. After-dinner mints and a siesta follow BUT, of course, the trusty hunter comes to the rescue in the end (phew!). Granny's sole complaint, as an avid bibliophile, is: It was so dark in there I couldn't read a word. James Marshall's distinctive line, perfectly balanced tone and deadpan expressions make this a thoroughly modern and thoroughly charming fairytale retelling for all the family!

In 2007, the American Library Association posthumously honored James Marshall with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children . Marshall's title, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1989. Of his work, The New York Times said: The miracle of Mr Marshall's work is that so often his stories are as profound as they are simple.


Witty, and charming ... every scene of Marshall's story is wonderful. Red Riding Hub

About the Author

James Marshall

Children's author and illustrator James Marshall (October 10, 1942 - October 13, 1992) was born in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up on his family's farm. His father worked on the rail road, was a band member in the 1930's, and his mother sang in the local church choir. He played viola and entered the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, but injured his hand thereby ending his music career. He returned to Texas, where he attended San Antonio College, and later transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he received degrees in French and history. He lived between an apartment in the Chelsea district of New York and a home in Mansfield Hollow Connecticut.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th November 2013




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