Little Red | 机智小红帽
Author/Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin
Translated from: United Kingdom
Little Red is one tough cookie. When a menacing wolf blocks the path to her grandmother's house, she looks him in the eye, answers his questions, and continues on her journey. The wolf might have scared some little girls, but not this little girl. The big bad wolf has a plan…but so does Little Red! She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she’s not going to let him get away with it.
The familiar phrases of "Oh, Grandma! What big ears you have" and "What big ears and teeth you have" are included in this story, but the little girl doesn't wait for a woodsman to save her. Little Red, the witty, brave little girl seizes control of her own story and the wolf gets rather more than he bargained for... She dispatches the wolf herself with an axe that she carries into the cabin. The dark humour continues to the end when readers see Little Red journeying home not in her red cape but in a shaggy wolfskin.
In this slightly dark, girl-power retelling of a classic fairy tale, author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin uses sly humour, striking visuals, and a bit of bravery and ingenuity to turn a familiar tale on its head for modern readers. The minimalist illustrations utilizing simple, bold strokes of red, black, and gray inks are incredibly effective in highlighting Little Red, who is a purposeful smart girl worth of highlighting!