The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
Published by Diamond Book Distributors
Published on: October 3 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
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Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amélie Fléchais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him…but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.
I was raised on fairytales.
As an adult, this single fact has fundamentally shaped my reading preferences. I love the darkness, the trick-cy faeness of the villains, the magicalness of the forest where almost all of these stories take place, and anytime I find a new story that embodies this kind of fairytaleness, I gleefully devour it.
I wasn’t expecting THE LITTLE RED WOLF to be one such story when I received it, which seems kind of silly in hindsight . . . But at the time, I thought I was getting a typical role reversal-type retelling with oh-so-pretteh pictures.
What I got was so much more.
What I got was the story of a tiny wolf sent to bring his grandmother a (dead) rabbit b/c too old to hunt for herself.
A (dead) rabbit that Tiny Wolf eats bit-by-delicious-bit, b/c exploring the woods can be exhausting.
But OH NO! He didn’t mean to eat ALL of it. What’s his grandmother going to think when he shows up empty handed? What will his parents think when they find out?
Poor, poor Tiny Wolf.
Imagine his relief when a little girl appears and offers to help.
So relieved that he completely forgets all the warnings his parents gave him about the hunter and his daughter.
And that’s where the stories diverge.
I’d love to tell you how, truly, I would. It’s dark and lovely and it hurts in the way that all the good stories do . . .
But telling you would ruin it, and that is something I will never willfully do. Highly recommended to any fellow lover of fairytales.
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