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Little Red Gliding Hood Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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K-Gr 3—With a swizzle and a twizzle, Little Red Gliding Hood skates across the title page as she heads down the river of a wintery wonderland. Along the way, she notices a banner for a skating competition with golden skates offered as the prize. Her rundown pair needs to be replaced, but there's a problem—she needs a partner. In this funny fairy tale and nursery rhyme mash-up, characters from their respective stories team up to compete, but what about Red? Turns out the Big Bad Wolf is not so bad, and he needs some new skates, too. Many other tales also make cameos, and it's fun to try and name those that the text does not mention. The text, which strings together revised versions of well-known lines ("All the king's horses and all the king's men put the competition together again"), is the centerpiece. Everything is united by a cartoon style with magical colors—think Candy Land in winter. Even with all the changes, the story still follows the general drift of the original: little girl goes to her grandma's house, wolf appears, and a woodsman tries to save the day. Only one aspect differs significantly…the wolf is on the winning side. VERDICT A wonderful winter-themed fractured fairy tale with so many clever details that kids will want to read again and again.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
PRAISE FOR LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD:
"The reliably fun concept of odd-couple ice skaters is perfectly meshed into a clever narrative enhanced by candy-colored artwork ripe with inside jokes. This one begs to be read, both over the river and through the woods." —Booklist, Starred
"An icy enchanted forest is home to a bevy of fairy tale characters, including Little Red Gliding Hood, an ice skater set on winning a new pair of skates in a skating competition. Lazar packs her story with fairy tale-based jokes....Cummings's cartoons feel as slick as ice, creating a playful backdrop for Lazar's wintry nursery rhyme punning." —Publisher's Weekly
"No skating on thin ice here--it's a winner." —Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderful winter-themed fractured fairy tale with so many clever details that kids will want to read again and again." —School Library Journal
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Lazar’s creative LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD title and Cummings’ colorful Candy Land-esque illustrations drew me in right away. This fractured fairy tale features a skating competition which pairs Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf, both wanting to win and replace their “worn-in and worn-out” skates. Puns and other fabulous language like “swizzled and twizzled” and “willowy waltz jumps” delight the ear as well as the detailed, digital illustrations that serve up a rich feast for the eyes on every layout.
Two of the best aspects of this story for me are the multi-ethnic cast and the humor woven throughout the dialogue and detailed illustrations. For example, Little Red says, “Little pigs, little pigs, let me in!”, eliciting a shoulder tap from the Big Bad Wolf who deadpans, “Excuse me, I think that’s my line.” Similarly, the wolf’s arrival to the competition elicits mayhem on the faces of Mother Goose characters in a humorous spread.
The ending dialogue wraps up the story nicely with a nice play on words from the original story. A fun, visually stimulating and entertaining book that children and adults will enjoy reading again and again!
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This is a fun story that incorporates familiar fairy tale characters and actually converts the bad guy into a good guy.Read more