*Certain books are easier to review differently than in my usual format — this is one of them.
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood — over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house she goes…but what she discovers is much worse than simply her bedridden grandmother. The wolf has devoured the old woman and gobbles up Little Red next. Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper Brothers Grimm ending, so the Huntsman drops by, saves the women, and kills the wolf. “And they all lived happily ever after.”
This book is indeed the complete, unabridged story of the Brothers Grimm Little Red Riding Hood. What makes it extraordinarily unique are the beautiful illustrations by Daniel Egnéus. The book looks more like a fashion magazine than a fairy tale storybook — the people look like mannequins covered in vibrant, watercolor clothes; the flowers and food look like they were copied down from an artist’s sketchbook; the text changes sizes, color, direction, and font; it is absolutely stunning. I read it in less than ten minutes, but poured over the illustrations for another half-hour. From bright and flowery to dark and dreary, the gorgeous illustrations make this my favorite version of the classic fairy tale yet. Everyone needs to check this out immediately. I’m currently borrowing it from a library, but I intend to purchase one for myself. I need this!