Red Riding Hood

ISBN 13: 9780001954595

Red Riding Hood

 
9780001954595: Red Riding Hood

"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.

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In this unique version of the age-old story "Red Riding Hood," Caldecott medalist Beatrice Schenk de Regniers retells the tale in eccentric verse. Although de Regniers maintains the traditional storyline, the combination of her mastery and the skill of legendary illustrator Edward Gorey make the fable feel completely new.

De Regniers's verse, while it does rhyme, is by no means sing-song and is at times even delightfully puzzling. Phrases and exclamations dangle from the beginnings and ends of couplets--at first glance slightly misplaced, but also somehow appropriate and enriching. (All the better to amuse you with, my dear.) The illustrations are, in typical Gorey fashion, simultaneously spare and expressive. Though the drawings are primarily black and white, specific and random items are colored scarlet: the wolf's tongue, the grandmother's slippers, the feather in the woodsman's cap, and of course, the titular riding hood. (All the better to entrance you with, my dear.) Even if your kids know the story of "Red Riding Hood" by heart, this edition, with its unusual verse and priceless illustrations, will win their special and undivided attention. (Ages 4 to 8)

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A fresh version of a famous tale [with] a satisfying unity. -- The Horn Book

The verse is easy, lilting, with unexpected twists; Gorey's solemn-sly drawings ... are properly ungory. -- The New York Times

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