Little Red

Written by Bethan Woollvin

Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

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LoveReading View on Little Red

Shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize |  Of all fairy tales, the story of Little Red Hood is the one that seems to speak most directly to today’s audience, and to lend itself most readily to modern reinvention. It’s give an extraordinarily fresh and stylish treatment by Bethan Woollvin in her debut book. She strips the story down to basics, with a short text and boldly minimal illustrations, in black, red and grey. At one point readers see right into the wolf’s head, his plans for Little Red Riding Hood and her granny told in just one image. Everyone s of course knows the ending and it’s absolutely clear in this version that the wolf has no hope of getting the better of this particular little girl. Stylish fun that puts new life into an old, old story. ~ Andrea Reece

Little Red Synopsis

Chosen as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books 2016.

Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way through the woods to visit her sick grandmother. The wolf is hungry, and Red Riding Hood looks tasty, so he hatches a dastardly plan, gobbles up Grandma and lies in wait. So far, so familiar. But this Little Red Riding Hood is not easily fooled, and this big bad wolf better watch his back. In this defiant interpretation of the traditional tale, the cheeky, brave little girl seizes control of her own story (and the wolf gets rather more than he bargained for).

The perfect gift for fans of darker fairy tales, complete with tree-shaped cover flaps that make this a sumptuous sight to behold. Printed using rich pantone colours, the graphic illustrations in Little Red offer a bold, visually arresting interpretation of the classic story by Bethan Woollvin, the winner of The Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2014.

Little Red Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Olivia Townsend, age 4 - 'A twist on children's favourite Little Red Riding Hood with striking Scandi style illustrations.'
  • Emily Welbourn, age 5 - 'A striking and original re-telling of a timeless classic, with a unique and modern twist. This is Little Red as you've never seen her before!'
  • Annabel McNeil, age 5 - 'I really loved this book. I liked the big pictures and the way the red stands out on each page. I liked the big writing too.'
  • Ellie and Victoria Lambert - 'Ellie said she really liked the story and that Little Red Riding Hood was in charge! She thought that it would be a good book to be read in classrooms as well as at home.'

Little Red Press Reviews

Bethan Woollvin's version [of Little Red Riding Hood] has a far darker ending - and I loved it. The talented illustrator and writer has taken a childhood niggle as her premise for this bold feminist version of the story: would our caped heroine really have been taken in by a wolf in a bad grandma disguise? ... I won't spoil the ending but let's just say Little Red wraps it up nicely (and warmly) and it has my three year old son thrilled at every read, begging for more. The Times

A talent to watch Daily Mail

This is my book of the year so far ... Woollvin is a striking new talent with strong retro style illustrations and a simple, witty text. Angels & Urchins A unique interpretation of the classic fairytale, shot through with dark humour and a stunning, bold graphic style. This brave girl not only defeats her foe, she wears the wolfskin home too. The Bookseller

A joy to read ... An impressive debut picture book from an exciting new talent. BookTrust

Its strong lines and bold colours are excitingly modern New Statesman

A bold (both graphically and narratively) reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Little Red is truly subversive in that it subverts the concept of victimhood with a deliciously dark twist. Huffington Post

Ingeniously minimalist The New York Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781447291404
Publication date: 15/06/2017
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781447291398
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781843651833
Publication date: 04/08/2005
Publisher: Chrysalis Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447291404
Publication date: 15th June 2017
Author: Bethan Woollvin
Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children

About Bethan Woollvin

Bethan Woollvin won The Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2014 for her classy, bold interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a startlingly confident debut which caught the imagination of everyone who saw it. The eldest in a family of ten children, Bethan understands well what appeals to a variety of age groups, and all her work exudes a natural dry wit and charm. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class Degree in Illustration in 2015 and now lives in London.

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