Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

20160618_214710We like a girl with a plan – and so we love this dark reboot of the well worn classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Gone are the days of an easily fooled little girl in need of a strong woodsman to save her, this Little Red has her act together (and an axe up her sleeve). Red saunters away from her encounter with the “big bad wolf” minus a grandma (a fact which doesn’t seem to bother her much) but with the bonus of a fabulous new coat.

It’s not just the way Bethan Woollvin handles the story’s retelling that caught our eye. Woollvin’s illustrations are full of subtle humour and her use of colour — largely black, white and grey with pops of brilliant red — is striking. This is Woollvin’s first foray into the world of illustrated children’s books. We can wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

About Stephanie Cummings

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children's literature and illustration with her two young daughters -- and now with you, too, through Two in a Tepee. Stephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master's degrees in both anthropology (material and visual culture) and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy north London.

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