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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Paperback – May 7, 2015
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" set in Africa recasts the wolf as a lion. Little Red's Auntie has broken out in "spots" and asks Little Red to bring her medication. This necessitates a long journey through the jungle. Lion stalks Little Red and develops a plan to eat her and Auntie. Little Red is too smart for Lion and distracts him with delays like grooming his mane into braids. When Lion's ruse is spoiled, Little Red tells him that if he was hungry, "all you had to do was ask for some food." Auntie's spots are healed, Lion's behavior is changed by Little Red's generosity, and all is well. Smith's adaptation is sadly uneven. Average writing accompanies above-average illustrations in a riotously colorful cartoon style. However, the page layout renders the story very choppy, making it ill-suited for reading aloud. Additionally, the cultural representation is half-hearted and awkward. The illustrations depict a wide variety of African animals, but other than Little Red and her family being black, nothing about the story line is particularly "African" other than the lion. Auntie's "spots" and her need for "spot cream" are also nonspecific, and Little Red improbably brings her a snack of doughnuts. VERDICT Niki Daly's Pretty Salma more successfully gives a classic tale an African spin, rendering this one a strictly additional purchase with limited appeal.-Jessica Bushore, Xenia, OH --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
* "Great storytelling braided with lively color and a culturally affirming accent makes this book a real standout." Kirkus Reviews
* "Spectacular, zingy, warm colors, an African setting, fantastic comic timing, and cartoonish, acrobatic lines infuse this updated take on a classic tale with maximum humor and energy. This hilarious retelling is destined for repeat reads." -- Publisher's Weekly
Praise for Home by Alex T. Smith:
"A clever story, but what really makes this pop are Smith's full-color illustrations, which depict each fantasy in thought bubbles crammed with hysterically funny details. Great for reading aloud or for savoring alone." -- Booklist
"Smith keeps the story zipping along, effectively using repeating phrases, story elements, and scenarios. The pages teem with digitized colors, textures, and photos, but the overall atmosphere is quiltlike and cozy. It's a persuasive argument for finding creative solutions to problems instead of walking away." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith:
"There's much to love in this resurrection of the cheerful city chronicle of the '60s." -- Publishers Weekly
Top customer reviews
Little Red is a great heroine. She is smart and fearless, facing down a hungry lion with stern warnings. It is also the humor of this book that works so well. The braiding of the Lion’s hair is a wonderful moment as is his changing clothes once again at Little Red’s insistence. It is in those moments that story becomes something new and fresh and where the audience will understand that this is a very different Little Red Riding Hood than in the original tale.
Smith’s art is zany and bright. The look on the Lion’s face is lovely, particularly when Little Red is forcing him to do things. Little Red pops on the page with her red dress and arching braids. She is particularly small next to the huge lion and still manages to hold her own on each page. Filled with humor and color, these are images that will work with groups of children very well.
One to roar about, add this to your twists on well-known tales or in any story time about lions. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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