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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Red, Hot Chili Peppers

Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith is a variant on the Red Riding Hood folktale.  I love Eric Kimmel's way of retelling stories.  In the author's note he says he wanted to write another Texas retelling after writing Jack and the Giant Barbecue.  He has an authentic air to his retellings and I find them quite believable.
Laura Huliska-Beith is the artist and the illustrations are rendered in gouache, acrylic, and colored pencil combine and collaged on the computer.  I appreciate the way the artist has used perspective that is a little off and the way she uses shapes and exaggerates those shapes.  The wolf's head is a bit too big, granny has no neck, and the horses legs are somewhat spindley.  But all those things help make each character and the story more believable and endearing.
You can't hear a story on Eric Kimmel's website yet, for Little Red Hot, but you can hear other stories of his, here. Check-out the illustrator's page, here.


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