cover image Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Illus. by Clémentine. Little Gestalten (Prestel, dist.), $16.95 (28p) ISBN 978-3-89955-723-7

The story of Little Red Riding Hood unfolds in an accordion-style, postcard-size book with paper-cut scenes that make striking use of contrasting black, white, and red. The format lets readers open the book so that the story reads as a long narrative chain, or to simply flip the pages, with trees and buildings from earlier and later pages peeking through the die-cuts, creating the effect of a dense, deep forest. The extra-small font may challenge some young and adult readers alike, but the visually arresting and sometimes frightening compositions—the wolf is shown shoving Little Red’s grandmother into his gaping mouth, full of blood-red teeth—leave a strong impression. Ages 5–10. (Sept.)