Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of classic stories and art alike will find something to enjoy in this interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. The large, detailed illustrations are very realistic while at the same time exhibiting a sketchiness and a nuanced use of lines to bestow a feeling of dreaminess, as though we are seeing through the pictures to their very essences. The sense of slight unreality is heightened by the use of soft watercolors. Because Pinkney chose to set the story in the wintertime, Little Red Riding Hood's bright red cloak is the focal point of every page she's on. Since the story is so well-known, the text almost isn't needed; the pictures seem to tell the story all by themselves. Recommended for children of all ages.

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