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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,114 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Yum! The lovely Alex serves up a sweet treat fairy tale. A hungry lion. A little girl. A box of doughnuts…? Gorgeous proof that a perfect picture book can look even more tempting than a sweet shop window. Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rath ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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C. S.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got to read this aloud for sensory story time today - loved it, it was a lot of fun!
Fictional World Dreamer
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous picture book by Alex T Smith is visually stunning.
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a playful reinvention of the classic fairy tale, with a young African American girl as the central character and a very hungry lion.



Little Red is on her way to visit her sickly auntie. On the way she encounters all kinds of wild animals: sleeping crocodiles, tall giraffes, chattering monkeys… and you guessed it, a hungry lion.



As she heads to your auntie's house little does she know that ther
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Stacy  Natal
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a take-charge main character who teaches the lion a thing or two about manners. The illustrations are fantastic.
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A Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a little African girl as Red and a hungry gullible lion as the wolf!

WOW! We LOVED this book! Really I need to showcase this book next on my blog because it is too cute and adorable. Perfect for girls who want to face their fears and face-off with the big bad ones who want to eat her... the illustrations are the best!! We loved the ones that seem like a map as she is traveling to see her aunt
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Emily Drake
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Author: Alex Smith
Illustrator: Alex Smith
GR Level: k
Lexile: 475
Grade Level: 2
Publisher: Scholastic
Date: 2015
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 29

Summary:

In Alex Smith`s version of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is a little girl who needs to medicine to her sick aunt. Little Red quickly takes an adventure through the safari, where she meets a hungry lion. Like in the original story, the lion decides right away that little red looks like a tasty meal. The lion
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Labriah
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-10-12
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion was not the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. This Fantasy-Fairy Tale, written by Alex T. Smith, is about a little girl named Little Red who meets a Very Hungry Lion on her safari trail to her Auntie Rosie’s house! In the story Little Red travels along the long-necked giraffes, sleepy crocodiles, leaping gazelles, and even caught a ride on an elephant. As one can tell Little Red was fearless throughout the entire story. She was brave enough to trave ...more
Kalonda Mcknight
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As I was reading the book "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion" it made think about the book "Little Red Riding Hood". This two books have some differences and some similarities. The differences are that the little girl is white in one book and the little girl is black in the other, there is a wolf in one and a lion in the other, in one book the little girl is going to visit her grandma because she is ill and in the other the little girl is going to visit her aunt because she has a c
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Melissa McAlvey
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, picture-books
such a fun retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. We love lion books at our house. I love that Dad is a character in the story for a change. always refreshing.
Jillian Heise
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with an African theme.
Tara
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite version of a little Red Riding Hood ever. Loved it! But the spots - where did they go?
Julian
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Little red and the Very Hungry Lion is a story of the original fairy tale with a African twist to it. The story takes the character Little Red on an adventure through an African environment instead of a forest. The ending is very entertaining and sassy but the moral still gets through easily.

Overall I liked the story because the plot takes place in the wilds of Africa. Although the wolf is not present it is replaced by a lion but it suits the story. The ending gives the reader a different perspe
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Sara
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fun and humorous rendition of the traditional. Little Red has to bring "spot cream" to help her Auntie who has the "spots". On her way she runs into a very naughty lion that tries to hide the aunt and pose as the aunt in order to eat Little Red. After Little Red fools the naughty lion, his true intentions come forward.

This derivative tale is perfect for lower-elementary age students. It would be a perfect addition to any lesson teaching about traditional
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Tasha
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story is filled with humor and twists that will delight. Little Red’s auntie has woken up with spots and so Little Red must cross the Savannah to bring her some medicine and some doughnuts. Little Red makes it past all sorts of animals until she stops in the shad of a tree. That’s when the Very Hungry Lion appears. When he asks Little Red where she is off to, the Lion hatches a plan that involves pretending to be her auntie and then eating both Little Red ...more
Margie

In my way of thinking you can never have too many fairy tales on your personal or professional book shelves. At the very least a perusal of your library statistics should indicate you as a frequent visitor and borrower of titles from the folklore section. On most days you can see me exhibiting my firm support of this particular train of thought in a pendant I wear.


Interpretations, variations and fractured fun on the classics broaden our views on the intent of the original stories and the culture
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Annette
LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith is an adorable and sometimes hilarious picture book retelling of a classic fairy tale.

This fractured fairytale based on Little Red Riding Hood tells that story of a young African American girl and her encounter with a lion while on the way to her Auntie’s house. Although the lion has a sinister plan, Little Red has other ideas.

Children of all ages will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and engaging text.

Librarians will find this humorous fair
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Ingrid Sawubona
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that the illustrations in this book were absolutely delightful. And vibrant. And cute. And did I say delightful?

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a cute retelling of an old and popular folktale, with a smart and fearless main character who teaches a lion a thing or two about manners.

Set somewhere in Africa, Auntie wakes up one day with spots, and Little Red is tasked to bring her some medicine and doughnuts to make her feel better. Little Red makes it past all sor
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June
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Little Red Riding Hood or folktale adaptions
Recommended to June by: capitolchoices.org
Shelves: folktale
I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red teaches the lion a lesson and there is no need for a man to save the day. Also skips the need for answering questions if someone could really survive in an animal's tummy. I also liked the ending... "Bad Kitty!" and the end papers. Will have to see if I can figure out a story time to use this or a class visit. ...more
Amanda
I think I liked the art better than I liked the story, but as I liked the story a lot, this is all good! The colors are so eye-popping, yet not overwhelming or distracting, and the re-telling of a very old theme is worked quite cleverly.
Jemma Routledge
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is fun adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood and importance of being polite.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

Delightful, fresh take on Little Red Riding Hood!
Joanne Roberts
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nearly perfect picture book. Funny, cute. Twist on traditional red riding hood takes place in ? Cameroon? Smart, plucky heroine. Funny throughout. Great ending!
Anthony
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight! Hilarious, snazzy illustrations led by a fun read. I want to follow Little Red everywhere! I want THIS to be my children's introduction to Little Red Riding Hood. ...more
Beth
Hilarious take on the Little Red Riding Hood story.
McCleary
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: is-330-exam-2
_Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion_ by Alex T. Smith won the Irma Black Award. This was the cutest take on The Little Red Riding Hood! The story was creative and the illustrations were so fun! I think that this book is intended for all elementary school kids. The story is hilarious and easy to follow, which I think would make it perfect for any age. I think the artwork is done in a combination of colored pencils and stamps. The trees, grass, and clothes looked like they were stamped, but the d ...more
Anna Sommer
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun, different rendition of Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, little red is on her way to bring medicine to her aunt who has broken out in spots. She travels through what seems to be a jungle, passing through all different kinds of animals where a hungry, mean lion sees her and devises an evil eating plan! The scheme is similar to the original little red riding hood, where the lion hides the aunt and then pretends to be her to trick the little girl. But in this version, the ...more
Reagan Murphy
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Auntie Rosie is covered in spots! Little Red has to bring her loving aunt some spot medicine. Little Red arrives to see her auntie lying in bed covered with spots. Or so she thought at first...

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fractured fairytale that is very similar to the popular story Little Red Riding Hood. I would use this story as a read aloud for elementary aged students (K-5). Since this book is so similar to the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood, I could use this text a
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Chelsie Howerton
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY
When Auntie Rosie wakes up covered in spots, Little Red is charged with bringing her the spot medicine she needs. On her journey, Little Red encounters all kinds of animals—giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, gazelles, elephants, and more—and then she meets the (Very Hungry) Lion. The Very Hungry Lion has a very classic plan—beat Little Red to Auntie Rosie’s house, dress up as Auntie Rosie, and eat Little Red when she arrives. Little Red isn’t fooled for a second, and decides to teach the Very
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Ansley Cumberland
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is the story of Little Red rushing through the jungle to bring medicine to her sick auntie, when along the way, she is discovered by a very hungry lion. Much like the wolf in the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, he quickly comes up with a plan and rushes off to put it in action! However, this time, Little Red is smarter than the hungry lion!

This is a fun alternative to the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. A sick auntie instead of gran
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Amanda Nicholls
I watched this book being read aloud on Youtube. It was well read with different voice actors for the different characters. There was no background music, so I was able to focus on the story itself. The whimsical full-colored illustrations added to the story's appeal
This version of the classic tale has black characters. The setting, animals and other details in the illustrations suggest that story takes place in Africa. The Little Red has to take medicine to her aunt, who has broken out in spots
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Amanda (Cover2CoverMom)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a retelling of the classic story, Little Red Ridding Hood.  This book was such a refreshing take on one of the most recognized fairytales that dates back to the 10th century.  I loved the silliness of this book.  Little Red's Auntie gets sick and she packs a basket of spot cream and doughnuts?  I'd say that doughnuts are an upgrade from chicken noodle soup.  Ever wonder what a lion looks like with its mane braided?  Don't lie, you are totally curious now.

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Alex T. Smith is the creator of the much-loved and bestselling Claude fiction series for early readers. He was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014, and other recent accolades include the UKLA Picture Book Award for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion and the Children’s Book of the World Illustration Award for illustrating Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians. When not working, ...more

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