|Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, by Alex T. Smith|
Written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Scholastic Press, 2015
Ages 4-8, AD740L
Fractured Folk Tale, Bravery
"This is Little Red. Today she is going to be gobbled up by a lion."
The story takes place somewhere in Africa and in this twisted tale, Little Red must take medicine to her Auntie Rose who has contracted a terrible case of the spots. Clever Red is not part of the hungry lion's very-clever-plan. Nor is having his mane tied in bows, getting his grotty teeth brushed, or being reprimanded for his bad manners. The solution to a lion problem may be easier than you think, but can this naughty lion change his ways?
What I Love:
I love the setting and the bright colors and the quirky, cartoon style. The story is not just an African Red Riding Hood. The cheeky humor is not just slapstick or over-the-top nonsense. This is a well-thought-out, well executed twist on an old classic with a terrific ending. The first of Alex Smith's books I've read, but not the last.
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1. Learn more about Alex with interviews from Wee Red Writer, Arena Illustration, and One Word At A Time
2. Want more info? here's the Kirkus review of this book.
3. It's hard to resist lions made from Reese's peanut butter cups like those found on Family Fun cupcakes.
4. This book was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers Book Award.
5. Want more silly tales with an African flavor? Try Tinga Tinga Tales. Website, App, TV show. It's buckets of fun.
6. Enjoy more traditional folk tales from various countries in Africa free from the Fairy Tales of the World online collection.
6. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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