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Little Red Cowboy Hat Hardcover – March 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805035087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805035087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This Southwestern version of Little Red Riding Hood features a tomboyish main character, a wolf as sleazy as any streetcorner lothario and a distinct self-defense theme. Lowell's (The Three Little Javelinas) outwardly tough Little Red wears a sheriff's badge and shoots rattlesnakes with her slingshot. However, she's intimidated by her aggressor, who steps from behind a cactus and blocks her path ("She didn't want to talk to him, but she'd been raised to be polite"). Later, as Little Red flees the wolf in Grandma's house, Grandma bursts into the bedroom with an ax (she has been chopping wood). Together the two frontierswomen chase the wolf away, and the tale ends on an up-to-date empowerment note: " 'Now, Red, have you learned your lesson?' asked Grandma. 'Yep. A girl's gotta stick up for herself,' said Little Red." Cecil (Baby's Breakfast) contributes flat, angular gouache illustrations of desert scenes. He fills thin black outlines with coloring-book precision, in shades of sunset orange, oversaturated yellow and green. His light-gray wolf towers over the thin and frightened Little Red, playing up the tension Lowell builds into the text before she defuses it with Grandma's 10-gallon talk: "That yellow-bellied, snake-blooded, skunk-eyed, rancid son of a parallelogram!... This time he picked the wrong grandma." Ages 5-8.
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Ages 5^-8. Little Red Riding Hood gets a Wild West twist in a funny version of the familiar tale. This sticks pretty close to the plot, but with a tall-tale twang to the telling and, naturally, a most favorable ending in which Grandma comes in and saves Little Red. Pure desert colors outlined in ink have a cartoon edge that is full of humor: Grandma, Little Red, and the cattle chasing the nightgown-bedecked wolf into the desert is particularly camp. The book's size and design make this a good choice for story hour; older kids will enjoy it, too. Ilene Cooper

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Isaacs on January 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Far from the thoughtless, shrinking-violet waif-girl of older European tales, the red-headed, red-hatted Little Red of this fairy tale is a rootin' tootin' pre-feminist with a pistol for a granny. Our young cowgirl recognizes the Big Bad Wolf for the baddie he is but she was taught, in proper Texas tradition, to be polite to strangers....Granny and Little Red outsmart ol' Big Bad and hang out afterward to chew the fat about how girls can look after themselves. Hilariously illustrated and with authentic Wild West language, this tall tale will steal your heart!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Cecil's Second Grade Class on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is WONDERFUL! I like it a lot because it made us laugh! It had good pictures and they made us feel happy. It is a good book. "This book reminded me of when I went to a farm," Yasmin said. We want other kids to read this book because they will like it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisabeth L. Brown on May 4, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a kindergarten teacher and a grandmother, I was excited to find another 'fractured fairy-tale' to share with my class, especially one with a western theme as we started our 'Cowboy/Cowgirl' unit this week. However, I felt nothing but disgust as I read this book. With each page I turned, my heart said this book should not even be listed under the children's section. On top of the 'trusting strangers because it's the polite thing to do' concept, the wolf gave off strong vibes as a sexual predator. The visit to Grandma's ranch has more fear-factor involved with the scary unknown thumping happening outside the bedroom and the not-so-subtle violence indicated as Little Red and Grandma 'get rid of' the wolf. This book was returned to Amazon for a full-refund and a strong request to change the rating. This book, honestly, made me sick!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Humphrey on October 28, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
This book is a really cute cowboy take-off on the old Little Red Riding Hood story. It is appropriate for 3 through 8 year olds. They would enjoy reading and comparing both stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Belinsky on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
An American Southwest setting for the classic "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. Red's cowboy hat replaces Red's hood and the rest is literary history. Great illustrations of the Southwest and a right-on grandma from strong American pioneer stock: "That yellow-bellied, snake-blooded, skunk-eyed, rancid son of a parallelogram! . . . This time he picked the wrong grandma".
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Format: Paperback
We enjoyed reading this book. It was a fairy tale that was based off the story "The Little Riding Hood." In the story, Little Red traveled on a horse to her grandmother's house. She stopped along the way to pick flowers and was distacted by a big bad wolf. We learned new words such as ranch, windmill, cowboy, cactus, and canyon. It was a funny story and also enjoyable to read. We know that the author wrote this book to entertain and they surely did!
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