If I had to pick a favorite fairytale, it would be Little Red Riding Hood. I don’t know why, it’s just my favorite. Which is why I was excited to get in a new picture book called Wolf In the Snow by Matthew Cordell.
While it doesn’t follow the traditional Red Riding Hood story, there is an obvious comparison. The story is told all in pictures, the only words are the howling, whining and sounds of breathing. It is simple, but powerful. I won’t give it away but kindness is always returned is a great theme for this book.
For the traditional version, you’ll want to read Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm.
If you want a different culture’s Red Riding Hood, you might try Lon Po Po retold by Ed Young.
This Caldecott Award winning book tells a version of the story from China. I read it to my 6th grade students last year and we were surprised that it seemed to combine Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.
If you want to laugh at a story about Red Riding Hood, try The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane & Christyan Fox.
The cat is trying to read to the dog, and he keeps interrupting and misinterpreting the story. You have to read this gem to truly appreciate the humor.
So let’s see if I have this right. The Red Hood is on her way to help an old lady when she meets the Wolfman. He has an evil plan. He likes to dress up in girls’ clothes and eat people. He and Red have a big battle, and Red’s father puts an end to Wolfie.
A more grown up version of the story can be found in the Daniel Egnéus illustrated book.
I found this one at the dollar store, of all places. The artwork is amazing!
And all this leads up to the book that I don’t have yet: Liesl Shurtliff’s Red the true story of Red Riding Hood.
I loved her books Rump and Jack and I’ve been waiting for this for a few years. Red is Rump’s best friend in the first book so I was sure she would get her own book.
One last book recommendation for you. Tanith Lee’s Wolfland from her Red As Blood collection—if you want a little more sinister in your story.
It’s not a very nice story, is it?
Are you absolutely sure this is a children’s book?