Retold by Anna Milbourne
Illustrated by Júlia Sardà Portabella
Designed by Nicola Butler
Board book 197x167mm
Bought from Waterstones in Exeter
Reviewed by Ivy (age 4) and Jon (age 44)
Ivy: I like the book so much. It has little flips in it, like the picnic basket where you can see the food. There’s a big bad wolf in it and he’s so naughty. Red riding hood loves flowers, so she picked lots of daisies and dandelions, but then the wolf came and ate grandma and the cat ate the picnic! My favourite character is Red riding hood. I like the cut-outs in the pages, you can see other pages through them. Thank you for making this book, whoever made it can make lots of other books for me.
Jon: It’s a great little book, with a very strong distillation of the story. It’s been one of Ivy’s favourite fairytales for a while, but the endings vary so much, and a lot of retellings veer away from the more gruesome aspects. This balances it nicely, in a way that doesn’t traumatise the child, but remains true to the spirit of the original. I loved the design of the book, it’s small but sturdy, even with numerous intricate cutouts throughout and Júlia Sardà Portabella’s illustrations are detailed and delightful. I am now a fan. Brilliant.