Book review: The Little Red Wolf, by Amelie Flechais, translated by Jeremy Melloul

Flechais, Amelie. The Little Red Wolf. Translated by Jeremy Melloul. Cubhouse, 2017. $19.99. ISBN 9781941302453. Unp. Ages 5-8.  P7 Q8

“Freely inspired” by Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, The Little Red Wolf takes its dark source material to the next level. It is beautifully designed with complex, full-color woodland scenes and ominous, murky depictions of humanity. A young wolf in a red cape takes the place of Little Red and his mother tells him to be wary of two humans, a hunter and his daughter. After the little wolf wanders from the wooded path on the way to his grandmother’s, we learn that perspective and memory can blur the line between victim and villain. Originally published in 2014 under the title, Le petit loup rouge.

Verdict: This story has some heavy content. I wouldn’t recommend it for reading aloud in a classroom because children have different thresholds for fear. I would recommend it to public and school libraries.

October 2018 review by Lillian Curanzy.

 

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