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Red Riding Hood

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"Dryly amusing, low-keyed pictures--showing a prim and innocent heroine and a sly, leering world--set the tone for a fresh version of a famous tale".--The Horn Book. Three-color illustrations.
Paperback, 42 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1977)
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What is even better than Gorey illustrations? Gorey with red highlights!

Actually this wasn't Gorey at his best -- I was a little surprised it wasn't darker -- but I still enjoyed it. The rhyming text was very faithful to the original Grimm version, but fun and sly. It was sometimes a bit awkward, feeling as if it had been translated from another language, but there was no note to that effect.
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Don't remember this more grisly version closer to the Grimm brothers.

Solid story, I do like Edward Gorey's drawings.

This is a story very often retold.
Nov 06, 2008 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-2
Illustrated with lovely, monochromatic illustrations by Edward Gorey (beige and red), the book has a nostalgic feel. I couldn't help reading it with a rap intonation, though, lending it a more contemporary edge. I do have trouble with this version of the wolf's comeuppance (probably more true to the original Grimm's version) and prefer a more gentle conclusion.
Of course I love Gorey's illustrations, as always, but it was de Regniers delightful verse (which ought to be read in grand dramatic style, I feel) that really captivated both me and the twins.
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