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Red Riding Hood by Beatrix Potter, Helen Oxenbury

Red Riding Hood

Beatrix Potter, Helen Oxenbury

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Warne
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 17 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780241376539

"Once upon a time there was a village child who was so pretty - so pretty as never was seen . . ." So begins Beatrix Potter's retelling of Red Riding Hood. A darkly delicious adaptation of the classic tale, filled with trademark Potter wit and flourishes, little Red Riding Hood sets off to Granny's house with a very hungry wolf in tow. But nobody saw her pass. Brilliantly brought to life with artwork by one of the world's greatest illustrators, Helen Oxenbury, this is the perfect gift for Beatrix Potter fans, big and small.

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5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
22 Sep 2019

"There is a dark side to Beatrix Potter... and in her retelling of this classic, Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the wolf. But the story is redolent of country life and Oxenbury’s pictures are glorious"

There is a dark side to Beatrix Potter... and in her retelling of this classic, Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the wolf. But the story is redolent of country life and Oxenbury’s pictures are glorious in their scene-setting and loveliness of line. Potter uses dialect “thees” and “thys”, and a traditional woodcutters’ song. Her version seems to punish mother and grandmother for their silly pride about Red Riding Hood’s prettiness. Oxenbury’s illustrations conjure a gentle landscape and a sly-eyed, leaping wolf in plus-fours, and offer an image that hints at a more hopeful ending. We just wonder how the wolf comes to dress in Granny’s clothes after he has consumed her.

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