Book review: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, by Alex T. Smith

Smith, Alex T. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. Scholastic, 2015. Unpaged. $17.99. ISBN 9780545914383. Ages 4-8. P9Q9

smith-little-redA funny version of Little Red Riding Hood has Little Red taking spot medicine to her Auntie Rosie. She had an adventure on the way meeting a hungry Lion who makes a plan to eat her. Little Red then does things to the Lion to teach him a lesson and reminds the Lion he could have just asked for food. So he eats with with Red and her Auntie Rosie and she goes home with him. And then, it has a funny ending. It also uses some good literary devices which make it more enjoyable. It is fun to do a comparison to the original Little Red Riding Hood Story. Verdict: When doing a unit on folk tales, this book provides a new fun book to create a comparison such as using a Venn Diagram with other version of the similar folk tales. Although there are many plays off of the original Little Red Riding Hood, it has a humorous twist that is engaging and fun to predict.

November 2016 review by Deborah Gwynn.

Editor’s note: This fractured fairy tale adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood features a young Black girl crossing the African savannah to deliver medicine to her Auntie Rosie.

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