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Yum! The lovely Alex serves up a sweet treat fairy tale. A hungry lion. A little girl. A box of doughnuts…? Gorgeous proof that a perfect picture book can look even more tempting than a sweet shop window. Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rath Yum! The lovely Alex serves up a sweet treat fairy tale. A hungry lion. A little girl. A box of doughnuts…? Gorgeous proof that a perfect picture book can look even more tempting than a sweet shop window. Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rather have a doughnut. Right, Mr Lion? A sassy heroine, beautiful artwork, jungle animals, a funny twist on a tale you adore. Once again, the World Book Day artist gets us all eating from his hand. (Taken from the Scholastic Book Clubs UK site)


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Yum! The lovely Alex serves up a sweet treat fairy tale. A hungry lion. A little girl. A box of doughnuts…? Gorgeous proof that a perfect picture book can look even more tempting than a sweet shop window. Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rath Yum! The lovely Alex serves up a sweet treat fairy tale. A hungry lion. A little girl. A box of doughnuts…? Gorgeous proof that a perfect picture book can look even more tempting than a sweet shop window. Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rather have a doughnut. Right, Mr Lion? A sassy heroine, beautiful artwork, jungle animals, a funny twist on a tale you adore. Once again, the World Book Day artist gets us all eating from his hand. (Taken from the Scholastic Book Clubs UK site)

30 review for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

  1. 4 out of 5

    C. S.

    Got to read this aloud for sensory story time today - loved it, it was a lot of fun!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fictional World Dreamer

    This gorgeous picture book by Alex T Smith is visually stunning. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a playful reinvention of the classic fairy tale, with a young African American girl as the central character and a very hungry lion. Little Red is on her way to visit her sickly auntie. On the way she encounters all kinds of wild animals: sleeping crocodiles, tall giraffes, chattering monkeys… and you guessed it, a hungry lion. As she heads to your auntie's house little does she know that ther This gorgeous picture book by Alex T Smith is visually stunning. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a playful reinvention of the classic fairy tale, with a young African American girl as the central character and a very hungry lion. Little Red is on her way to visit her sickly auntie. On the way she encounters all kinds of wild animals: sleeping crocodiles, tall giraffes, chattering monkeys… and you guessed it, a hungry lion. As she heads to your auntie's house little does she know that there's danger lurking in the trees. A very hungry lion with a naughty plan! I loved this children's picture book. It's everything I look for when reading it to my godson!!!It's the prefect diversity book to teach your children. Alex has created a triumphant celebration of diversity and female heroism. I recommend this book to any child and parent This review is also posted HERE

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Natal

    Cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a take-charge main character who teaches the lion a thing or two about manners. The illustrations are fantastic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a little African girl as Red and a hungry gullible lion as the wolf! WOW! We LOVED this book! Really I need to showcase this book next on my blog because it is too cute and adorable. Perfect for girls who want to face their fears and face-off with the big bad ones who want to eat her... the illustrations are the best!! We loved the ones that seem like a map as she is traveling to see her aunt Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a little African girl as Red and a hungry gullible lion as the wolf! WOW! We LOVED this book! Really I need to showcase this book next on my blog because it is too cute and adorable. Perfect for girls who want to face their fears and face-off with the big bad ones who want to eat her... the illustrations are the best!! We loved the ones that seem like a map as she is traveling to see her aunt who has come down with spots. My nephew was jonesing to draw those pages but the complexity was too much for him. Still we had so much fun reading this book. We loved that our protagonist is a POC (he loves POC protagonists as he relates to them more than white characters) and I love that she was not fooled for a second! Soooo many messages and they can all be talked about over time. I can see this book becoming a favorite over the years as it applies to different things in a growing child's life. My nephew did not mind at all that it was a little girl. We laughed as she conned the lion and converted him into a friend. How she persuaded the lion to do all sorts of crazy girly things, lol! We recently read another book about a dragon wanting to eat the little boy and this one is heads above in creativity and teaching through example! And it has a point: be aware to stay safe even if you have to face a dangerous situation. BOTTOM LINE: A Must Read Little Red Riding Hood Retelling! ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily Drake

    Title: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Author: Alex Smith Illustrator: Alex Smith GR Level: k Lexile: 475 Grade Level: 2 Publisher: Scholastic Date: 2015 Genre: Fiction Pages: 29 Summary: In Alex Smith`s version of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is a little girl who needs to medicine to her sick aunt. Little Red quickly takes an adventure through the safari, where she meets a hungry lion. Like in the original story, the lion decides right away that little red looks like a tasty meal. The lion Title: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Author: Alex Smith Illustrator: Alex Smith GR Level: k Lexile: 475 Grade Level: 2 Publisher: Scholastic Date: 2015 Genre: Fiction Pages: 29 Summary: In Alex Smith`s version of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is a little girl who needs to medicine to her sick aunt. Little Red quickly takes an adventure through the safari, where she meets a hungry lion. Like in the original story, the lion decides right away that little red looks like a tasty meal. The lion makes a plan to trick and eat little red. Little does the lion know that Little Red has a few tricks of her own. Students will love Alex Smith`s humor and his twist on the classic story. Teaching Ideas: 1) I would use this story along with the original Little Red Riding hood to teach comparing and contrasting. 2) Another teaching idea is that in the book the lion draws out a detailed plan for how he is going to eat little red and her aunt. Little red also makes a plan of her own. I would have the students create their own plan either for the lion or Little red and explain why it would work better than the character`s original plan. Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Labriah

    Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion was not the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. This Fantasy-Fairy Tale, written by Alex T. Smith, is about a little girl named Little Red who meets a Very Hungry Lion on her safari trail to her Auntie Rosie’s house! In the story Little Red travels along the long-necked giraffes, sleepy crocodiles, leaping gazelles, and even caught a ride on an elephant. As one can tell Little Red was fearless throughout the entire story. She was brave enough to trave Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion was not the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. This Fantasy-Fairy Tale, written by Alex T. Smith, is about a little girl named Little Red who meets a Very Hungry Lion on her safari trail to her Auntie Rosie’s house! In the story Little Red travels along the long-necked giraffes, sleepy crocodiles, leaping gazelles, and even caught a ride on an elephant. As one can tell Little Red was fearless throughout the entire story. She was brave enough to travel through the safari only with her pet pig, all the way to Auntie Rosie’s house. Even when Little Red met the Very Hungry Lion, she did not show one bit of fear on her trip. The Very Hungry Lion did not scare Little Red even when she arrived at Auntie Rosie’s and the Very Hungry Lion pretended to be Auntie Rosie! Instead, Little Red taught the Very Hungry Lion a good lesson. Rather than eating aunties and children when you are hungry, asking for food is much easier and polite. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is written and illustrated with so much creativity, vision, and imagination. As I was reading, I found myself smiling throughout the entire story. I was in awe with the amount of liveliness from the story, especially from Little Red. I would enjoy using this story with first-grade students during a two-part ELA lesson. Part one of the lesson would consist of having the students apply story detail skills such as identifying characters, setting, the beginning, middle, and end parts of the story. Part two would help exercise the students’ skills with comparing and contrasting using this story, and a different, more classic version of Little Red.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kalonda Mcknight

    Text-to-text As I was reading the book "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion" it made think about the book "Little Red Riding Hood". This two books have some differences and some similarities. The differences are that the little girl is white in one book and the little girl is black in the other, there is a wolf in one and a lion in the other, in one book the little girl is going to visit her grandma because she is ill and in the other the little girl is going to visit her aunt because she has a c Text-to-text As I was reading the book "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion" it made think about the book "Little Red Riding Hood". This two books have some differences and some similarities. The differences are that the little girl is white in one book and the little girl is black in the other, there is a wolf in one and a lion in the other, in one book the little girl is going to visit her grandma because she is ill and in the other the little girl is going to visit her aunt because she has a case of the spots, and in one book the little girl is travelling through a forest and the other book the little girl is travelling through the jungle. When each of the little girls reach their destination, the lion in the book "Lion Red and the Very Hungry Lion is dresses up like the little girls aunt and in the book "Little Red Riding Hood the fox is dressed up like the little girl's grandma. Both of the animals are trying to eat the little girls. These are good book to compare and contrast even though these book were written in different day and times.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa McAlvey

    such a fun retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. We love lion books at our house. I love that Dad is a character in the story for a change. always refreshing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    A fun retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with an African theme.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    My favorite version of a little Red Riding Hood ever. Loved it! But the spots - where did they go?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julian

    Little red and the Very Hungry Lion is a story of the original fairy tale with a African twist to it. The story takes the character Little Red on an adventure through an African environment instead of a forest. The ending is very entertaining and sassy but the moral still gets through easily. Overall I liked the story because the plot takes place in the wilds of Africa. Although the wolf is not present it is replaced by a lion but it suits the story. The ending gives the reader a different perspe Little red and the Very Hungry Lion is a story of the original fairy tale with a African twist to it. The story takes the character Little Red on an adventure through an African environment instead of a forest. The ending is very entertaining and sassy but the moral still gets through easily. Overall I liked the story because the plot takes place in the wilds of Africa. Although the wolf is not present it is replaced by a lion but it suits the story. The ending gives the reader a different perspective of the original ending but is still good in my opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fun and humorous rendition of the traditional. Little Red has to bring "spot cream" to help her Auntie who has the "spots". On her way she runs into a very naughty lion that tries to hide the aunt and pose as the aunt in order to eat Little Red. After Little Red fools the naughty lion, his true intentions come forward. This derivative tale is perfect for lower-elementary age students. It would be a perfect addition to any lesson teaching about traditional Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fun and humorous rendition of the traditional. Little Red has to bring "spot cream" to help her Auntie who has the "spots". On her way she runs into a very naughty lion that tries to hide the aunt and pose as the aunt in order to eat Little Red. After Little Red fools the naughty lion, his true intentions come forward. This derivative tale is perfect for lower-elementary age students. It would be a perfect addition to any lesson teaching about traditional literature. Especially if you're using this to compare to the original or to illustrate what is a derivative tale.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    This riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story is filled with humor and twists that will delight. Little Red’s auntie has woken up with spots and so Little Red must cross the Savannah to bring her some medicine and some doughnuts. Little Red makes it past all sorts of animals until she stops in the shad of a tree. That’s when the Very Hungry Lion appears. When he asks Little Red where she is off to, the Lion hatches a plan that involves pretending to be her auntie and then eating both Little Red This riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story is filled with humor and twists that will delight. Little Red’s auntie has woken up with spots and so Little Red must cross the Savannah to bring her some medicine and some doughnuts. Little Red makes it past all sorts of animals until she stops in the shad of a tree. That’s when the Very Hungry Lion appears. When he asks Little Red where she is off to, the Lion hatches a plan that involves pretending to be her auntie and then eating both Little Red and her aunt. Little Red though is not fooled at all. So when she sees the Lion in her auntie’s clothes and in her bed, Little Red launches into action. Soon the Lion has a new hairstyle, has brushed his teeth and changed into a ruffled dress. The Lion though has had enough and roars. Little Red does not back down and soon a friendship is starting, with some strict rules in place. Little Red is a great heroine. She is smart and fearless, facing down a hungry lion with stern warnings. It is also the humor of this book that works so well. The braiding of the Lion’s hair is a wonderful moment as is his changing clothes once again at Little Red’s insistence. It is in those moments that story becomes something new and fresh and where the audience will understand that this is a very different Little Red Riding Hood than in the original tale. Smith’s art is zany and bright. The look on the Lion’s face is lovely, particularly when Little Red is forcing him to do things. Little Red pops on the page with her red dress and arching braids. She is particularly small next to the huge lion and still manages to hold her own on each page. Filled with humor and color, these are images that will work with groups of children very well. One to roar about, add this to your twists on well-known tales or in any story time about lions. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    In my way of thinking you can never have too many fairy tales on your personal or professional book shelves. At the very least a perusal of your library statistics should indicate you as a frequent visitor and borrower of titles from the folklore section. On most days you can see me exhibiting my firm support of this particular train of thought in a pendant I wear. Interpretations, variations and fractured fun on the classics broaden our views on the intent of the original stories and the culture In my way of thinking you can never have too many fairy tales on your personal or professional book shelves. At the very least a perusal of your library statistics should indicate you as a frequent visitor and borrower of titles from the folklore section. On most days you can see me exhibiting my firm support of this particular train of thought in a pendant I wear. Interpretations, variations and fractured fun on the classics broaden our views on the intent of the original stories and the cultures from which they and others come. Eleven versions of Little Red Riding Hood appear on my personal shelves; some are more light-hearted than those which adhere to the conclusion of the earliest tales. On May 7, 2015 Little Red And The Very Hungry Lion (Scholastic) written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith celebrated a book birthday. To begin the story we journey to the continent of Africa. My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith is an adorable and sometimes hilarious picture book retelling of a classic fairy tale. This fractured fairytale based on Little Red Riding Hood tells that story of a young African American girl and her encounter with a lion while on the way to her Auntie’s house. Although the lion has a sinister plan, Little Red has other ideas. Children of all ages will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and engaging text. Librarians will find this humorous fair LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith is an adorable and sometimes hilarious picture book retelling of a classic fairy tale. This fractured fairytale based on Little Red Riding Hood tells that story of a young African American girl and her encounter with a lion while on the way to her Auntie’s house. Although the lion has a sinister plan, Little Red has other ideas. Children of all ages will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and engaging text. Librarians will find this humorous fairy tale popular with young children. However, it will also be of interest to older youth exploring fractured fairytales as part of a language arts unit. Children will enjoy comparing this adaptation with other versions they’ve read. To learn more about the author, go to http://www.alextsmith.com/. Published by Scholastic on July 26, 2016. ARC courtesy of the published.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid Sawubona

    Let me start off by saying that the illustrations in this book were absolutely delightful. And vibrant. And cute. And did I say delightful? Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a cute retelling of an old and popular folktale, with a smart and fearless main character who teaches a lion a thing or two about manners. Set somewhere in Africa, Auntie wakes up one day with spots, and Little Red is tasked to bring her some medicine and doughnuts to make her feel better. Little Red makes it past all sor Let me start off by saying that the illustrations in this book were absolutely delightful. And vibrant. And cute. And did I say delightful? Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a cute retelling of an old and popular folktale, with a smart and fearless main character who teaches a lion a thing or two about manners. Set somewhere in Africa, Auntie wakes up one day with spots, and Little Red is tasked to bring her some medicine and doughnuts to make her feel better. Little Red makes it past all sorts of animals on the way to her Auntie’s house until she stops for a little rest in the shade of a nearby tree. And that’s when the Very Hungry Lion appears! When he assumes that Little Red and her Auntie might be easy prey, he hatches a plan to eat them both. But Little Red is not fooled. Not fooled at all! ‘Nough said!

  17. 4 out of 5

    June

    I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red teaches the lion a lesson and there is no need for a man to save the day. Also skips the need for answering questions if someone could really survive in an animal's tummy. I also liked the ending... "Bad Kitty!" and the end papers. Will have to see if I can figure out a story time to use this or a class visit. I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red teaches the lion a lesson and there is no need for a man to save the day. Also skips the need for answering questions if someone could really survive in an animal's tummy. I also liked the ending... "Bad Kitty!" and the end papers. Will have to see if I can figure out a story time to use this or a class visit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I think I liked the art better than I liked the story, but as I liked the story a lot, this is all good! The colors are so eye-popping, yet not overwhelming or distracting, and the re-telling of a very old theme is worked quite cleverly.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jemma Routledge

    This is fun adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood and importance of being polite.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    Delightful, fresh take on Little Red Riding Hood!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Roberts

    Nearly perfect picture book. Funny, cute. Twist on traditional red riding hood takes place in ? Cameroon? Smart, plucky heroine. Funny throughout. Great ending!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    An absolute delight! Hilarious, snazzy illustrations led by a fun read. I want to follow Little Red everywhere! I want THIS to be my children's introduction to Little Red Riding Hood. An absolute delight! Hilarious, snazzy illustrations led by a fun read. I want to follow Little Red everywhere! I want THIS to be my children's introduction to Little Red Riding Hood.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Hilarious take on the Little Red Riding Hood story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    McCleary

    _Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion_ by Alex T. Smith won the Irma Black Award. This was the cutest take on The Little Red Riding Hood! The story was creative and the illustrations were so fun! I think that this book is intended for all elementary school kids. The story is hilarious and easy to follow, which I think would make it perfect for any age. I think the artwork is done in a combination of colored pencils and stamps. The trees, grass, and clothes looked like they were stamped, but the d _Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion_ by Alex T. Smith won the Irma Black Award. This was the cutest take on The Little Red Riding Hood! The story was creative and the illustrations were so fun! I think that this book is intended for all elementary school kids. The story is hilarious and easy to follow, which I think would make it perfect for any age. I think the artwork is done in a combination of colored pencils and stamps. The trees, grass, and clothes looked like they were stamped, but the details like hair, eyes, furniture, leaves, and bugs were definitely sketched with colored pencil; I could see all of the individual pencil strokes! The colors were all really bright shades of red, magenta, teal, and purple that gave a distinct effect to the illustrations. I think that this book is cartoon. There are lots of talking animals and very funny plot (mostly by the Lion) to eat Little Red! The creative humor seems like a cartoon element. There was one spread in particular that I loved! When Little Red is "cleaning" the Lion up, she notices his teeth. The next page is a vertical spread from the perspective of inside Lion's mouth, with his teeth and gums around the edges. From the outside, Ruby is yelling "DISGUSTING", which is in a huge font. This just seemed like a fun physical element of this book that really added to the creative story. If I were to use this book with kids, I would have them talk about something else they would do to "clean" Lion up, other than braiding his hair, brushing his teeth, and giving him a new dress. I think it would also be interesting to bring in the food chain a bit, and talk about why lions eat what they eat. I absolutely loved the fun illustrations in this book! The story was an awesome take on the classic fairytale and I think that kids of all ages would love it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Sommer

    This book is a fun, different rendition of Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, little red is on her way to bring medicine to her aunt who has broken out in spots. She travels through what seems to be a jungle, passing through all different kinds of animals where a hungry, mean lion sees her and devises an evil eating plan! The scheme is similar to the original little red riding hood, where the lion hides the aunt and then pretends to be her to trick the little girl. But in this version, the This book is a fun, different rendition of Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, little red is on her way to bring medicine to her aunt who has broken out in spots. She travels through what seems to be a jungle, passing through all different kinds of animals where a hungry, mean lion sees her and devises an evil eating plan! The scheme is similar to the original little red riding hood, where the lion hides the aunt and then pretends to be her to trick the little girl. But in this version, the little girl realizes it's the lion and creates her own scheme to get back at the lion by doing its hair and getting it dressed up all pretty. But, the best part of the story is that at the end, the little girl explains to the lion that it's not very kind to try to eat kids and he could have just asked nicely if he was hungry and that almost always works. The life lesson is a bit more obvious in this version and it's a funny take on such a classic story. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! The colors are vibrant, the animals all look so friendly, except the mean lion! they take up the entire page spread also, each page is a different color. The little girl and her aunt are black which gives representation to those who read this story who are black and can never find themselves in classic old fairy tales. The print of the words even add to the story, some are bigger or sideways; when little red is traveling to her aunts, the words follow her path. The words work well with the illustrations to make the story very animated. This would be a great story in a fairy tale unit, because it shows students how they have been altered and changed throughout history so many times. It also provides representation in a genre that does not tend to have much! and it is just so bright and kids will definitely think it's funny. I imagine this books is a hit during read alouds!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Reagan Murphy

    Auntie Rosie is covered in spots! Little Red has to bring her loving aunt some spot medicine. Little Red arrives to see her auntie lying in bed covered with spots. Or so she thought at first... Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fractured fairytale that is very similar to the popular story Little Red Riding Hood. I would use this story as a read aloud for elementary aged students (K-5). Since this book is so similar to the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood, I could use this text a Auntie Rosie is covered in spots! Little Red has to bring her loving aunt some spot medicine. Little Red arrives to see her auntie lying in bed covered with spots. Or so she thought at first... Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fractured fairytale that is very similar to the popular story Little Red Riding Hood. I would use this story as a read aloud for elementary aged students (K-5). Since this book is so similar to the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood, I could use this text along with Little Red Riding Hood to model and teach the compare and contrast strategy. Students could come up with ways Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is similar to the original tale of Red Riding Hood. They could compare the main story elements like characters and setting. This text, along with the original Little Red Riding Hood, would also be an excellent way to introduce fractured fairy tales for younger elementary. Students could use the two stories as a model, and then write their own fractured fairy tales. This book was a WOW book for me for a couple reasons. I think this text can teach an important lesson of "not everything is as it seems." This is an important lesson for students to learn at a young age. Children should be taught to learn about issues, collect facts and form their own opinions instead of just accepting the issues at face value. I think the plot in this book can support this important lesson in a fun, exciting way. I also love the fun twist that was put on a well-known fairy tale. I believe students will appreciate the similarities, as well as the differences between this tale and the original Little Red Riding Hood.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie Howerton

    SUMMARY When Auntie Rosie wakes up covered in spots, Little Red is charged with bringing her the spot medicine she needs. On her journey, Little Red encounters all kinds of animals—giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, gazelles, elephants, and more—and then she meets the (Very Hungry) Lion. The Very Hungry Lion has a very classic plan—beat Little Red to Auntie Rosie’s house, dress up as Auntie Rosie, and eat Little Red when she arrives. Little Red isn’t fooled for a second, and decides to teach the Very SUMMARY When Auntie Rosie wakes up covered in spots, Little Red is charged with bringing her the spot medicine she needs. On her journey, Little Red encounters all kinds of animals—giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, gazelles, elephants, and more—and then she meets the (Very Hungry) Lion. The Very Hungry Lion has a very classic plan—beat Little Red to Auntie Rosie’s house, dress up as Auntie Rosie, and eat Little Red when she arrives. Little Red isn’t fooled for a second, and decides to teach the Very Hungry Lion a lesson. She braids his tangled hair, brushes his grimy teeth, and replaces his old nightgown with a prettier one—until he loses his temper. Little Red scolds him for trying to eat her, and they are joined by Auntie Rosie to share a basket of doughnuts. ACTIVITIES 1) (After reading): Ask students to find the Very Hungry Lion on the pages leading up to his introduction. 2) Read the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” fairytale and compare it to “Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion.” Make a Venn diagram or comparison/contrast chart to identify similarities and differences in characters, setting, and plot. Which story do students like more and why? 3) Students create their own version of the classic fairytale. They may feature themselves as the main character. Demonstrate, create a “to do” list and/or a chart for students to use as a guide in the creation of their characters, setting, and plot. CITATION Smith, A.T. (2015). Little red and the very hungry lion. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ansley Cumberland

    Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is the story of Little Red rushing through the jungle to bring medicine to her sick auntie, when along the way, she is discovered by a very hungry lion. Much like the wolf in the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, he quickly comes up with a plan and rushes off to put it in action! However, this time, Little Red is smarter than the hungry lion! This is a fun alternative to the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. A sick auntie instead of gran Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is the story of Little Red rushing through the jungle to bring medicine to her sick auntie, when along the way, she is discovered by a very hungry lion. Much like the wolf in the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, he quickly comes up with a plan and rushes off to put it in action! However, this time, Little Red is smarter than the hungry lion! This is a fun alternative to the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. A sick auntie instead of grandma, the jungle instead of the woods, and a lion instead of the wolf! I also loved the variation of what Little Red did when she arrived at her auntie's house and immediately realized what was going on -- she taught the lion a lesson! My favorite part was the sweet ending (also, it's more kid friendly than the original)! The illustrations were very bright and busy, but it was fitting with the setting of the story in the jungle. I loved the little hand drawn illustration of the lion's master plan! I would recommend this book for a classroom. It is an exciting alternative to the traditional story and kids who have heard the original would enjoy reading a different version of the story. In a classroom read aloud, the teacher could pause and ask the kids to note differences between this book and the version they've heard. This book could be used in a classroom unit alongside other reinterpretations of Little Red Riding Hood. It is also just a fun book for a classroom that might spark another child's interest in books!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Nicholls

    I watched this book being read aloud on Youtube. It was well read with different voice actors for the different characters. There was no background music, so I was able to focus on the story itself. The whimsical full-colored illustrations added to the story's appeal This version of the classic tale has black characters. The setting, animals and other details in the illustrations suggest that story takes place in Africa. The Little Red has to take medicine to her aunt, who has broken out in spots I watched this book being read aloud on Youtube. It was well read with different voice actors for the different characters. There was no background music, so I was able to focus on the story itself. The whimsical full-colored illustrations added to the story's appeal This version of the classic tale has black characters. The setting, animals and other details in the illustrations suggest that story takes place in Africa. The Little Red has to take medicine to her aunt, who has broken out in spots. On her way to Auntie's house, Little Red passes African animals such as hippos, monkeys, gazelles, and meerkats. When a hungry lion sees Little Red, he concocts the classic plan of posing as Auntie and eating both Auntie and Little Red. Little Red is not easily fooled. She knows right away that Auntie is the lion, but doesn't let on that she knows. She braids the lion's mane, brushes his teeth, and forces him to wear a dress. Whe he is has had enough, he reveals himself. The bold Little Red scolds him for his behavior and the lion apologized. It was great to read a classic story with a diverse and strong female character, as well asunique setting. But, I would have liked to see more cultural details integrated into the story. Including these details would have done more to set the story apart from the traditional version of Little Red Riding hood.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (Cover2CoverMom)

    Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a retelling of the classic story, Little Red Ridding Hood.  This book was such a refreshing take on one of the most recognized fairytales that dates back to the 10th century.  I loved the silliness of this book.  Little Red's Auntie gets sick and she packs a basket of spot cream and doughnuts?  I'd say that doughnuts are an upgrade from chicken noodle soup.  Ever wonder what a lion looks like with its mane braided?  Don't lie, you are totally curious now. Yo Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a retelling of the classic story, Little Red Ridding Hood.  This book was such a refreshing take on one of the most recognized fairytales that dates back to the 10th century.  I loved the silliness of this book.  Little Red's Auntie gets sick and she packs a basket of spot cream and doughnuts?  I'd say that doughnuts are an upgrade from chicken noodle soup.  Ever wonder what a lion looks like with its mane braided?  Don't lie, you are totally curious now. You know what I loved most about this book?  That our young heroine doesn't need a huntsman to come save her, she outsmarted the lion all on her own.   I loved Little Red's sass!  I also loved that she had a pet goat side kick always by her side... It did annoy me that we never learned the goats name, but whatever.  The illustrations are very well done, each page has a lot going on.  With such a bright color pallet of reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows, this book had a vibrant and cheerful feel.  I think even those children who tend to have shorter attention spans will be completely captivated with this book.

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