Published: 3 October 2017
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors – Lion Forge
Category: Graphic Novel/Fantasy/Childrens/Fantasy
A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good.
Rating: 5 Stars
I’ve heard of retellings before and am quite a fan of them. However, one that I had never considered before, at least not at great length, was what if it was the wolf going through the forest and a young girl that lured him off the forest path on the way to grandmother’s house?
Freely inspired by Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood, Amélie Fléchais turns the classic story into a tale of her own with a renewed point of view while still retaining the darkness of the original story.
The little wolf has the mannerisms of the main character of a fairy tale. He wants to trust, but his good heart is too good and it gets him into trouble when he meets the young girl who lives in the forest with her hunter papa. Through her he learns not only why he should fear humans, but why he should heed the warnings of his parents.
What is interesting about Amélie Fléchais’s version of the Red Riding Hood story is that we get a little more story to the feud, so to speak, between the adversaries. The young girl tells the little wolf why she and her father hate the wolves and, at the conclusion of the book, we find out why this isn’t the only side to the story. It’s an good metaphor for real life because there just as in Little Red Riding Wolf, there is always more than one side to a story.
Fléchais’s artwork was a blessing for the story because it enhanced the story. I’m not entirely certain of the methods used, but to hazard a guess I’d say a mixture of watercolors and graphite pencils. Whatever was used, the colors were blended well to bring to mind a fairy tale story, muted when the narrative called for a subdued tone, and bright when the little fox had hope and his family was there for him.
I’d recommend this book for fans of all ages, though caution parents that they may need to explain why the little fox is bringing a visible rabbit to his grandmother to eat/snacks on it along the way. The visuals are not graphic, exactly, just alluded it in a way that might inspire questions from some astute young ones.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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