The team behind The Three Billy Goats Fluff returns with another slightly softer take on a traditional story. Just how sweet and little is this wolf? She wears daisy chains around her neck, has lavender fur, and "loved all things pretty and pink, especially fairy tales." The wolf's parents (who are of the big and bad variety) insist that their daughter pick up the groceries for dinner--the shopping list concludes with "One little girl (tender and juicy)"--but the wolf's gentle nature gets the best of her. She does wind up wearing Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's "lovely pink robe and frilly nightcap," but only because she "couldn't resist trying them on!" After a near disaster when Little Red Riding Hood calls for a woodsman (who arrives with a terrifyingly sharp-looking axe), the two girls become friends, providing the sort of "happily ever after" that the wolf loves to read about. Pichon has fun subverting wolf stereotypes in her cheery paintings--the scene of the wolf seated at Grandma's vanity, happily dousing herself in perfume, is especially amusing. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 1--Wondering when their youngster will become a "real" wolf, Sweet Little Wolf's furry parents send her to fetch dinner. As Red Riding Hood reads aloud while skipping through the woods to Grandma's house, Sweet Little Wolf scampers behind her. She loves pretty things, the color pink, and stories. Arriving at Grandma's house, she dresses in the old woman's pink robe and cap and climbs into bed. When Red Riding Hood checks on an odd-sounding grandmother, she is frightened by the young wolf and runs out, returning with a woodcutter. The two find Sweet Little Wolf sobbing, "I want to listen to fairy tales." In a further twist, Mortimer's compassionate Red Riding Hood writes a letter to the little wolf's parents explaining that their daughter doesn't want to eat girls and dreams of "being a good, kind wolf." In the saccharine ending, Mrs. Wolf tells Sweet Little Wolf that her parents love her just the way she is. The playful illustrations add much to the simplistic narrative. Pichon fills Grandma's house with dainty, homey furnishings. In an amusing scene, Sweet Little Wolf sits at the grandmother's dressing table spritzing herself with perfume. Read aloud with other versions of the story, this humorous take on the classic story offers material for comparison and contrast and comprehension lessons.--Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH[Page 93]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.