A smart, snappy, retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with Spanish sprinkled throughoutWinner of a Pura Belpre Honor for Illustration
While Roja picks flowers on the way to her grandma's, a mean wolf sneaks away with her cape to surprise Abuelita
. But Grandma's no fool and Roja's no ordinary chica.
They send that hungry lobo
packing with a caliente
surprise! This spirited retelling of Little Red Riding Hood has accessible Spanish rhymes and fresh illustrations, with hip cultural details throughout.
April 10, 2014
Susan Middleton Elya's (susanelya.com) books have been described as "Perfect for bilingual classes stretching their English wings and a charming way to introduce Spanish to English speakers." She lives in Danville, California.
Susan Guevara (susanguevara.com) won the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration for her work in Chato's Kitchen
and Chato and the Party Animals
. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Elya remains a master at blending Spanish and English to create clever, lively verse, and she and Guevara give the story of Little Red Riding Hood an entertaining and thoroughly modern spin.” –Publishers Weekly
, starred review
“An inventive spin on a familiar tale, this will stand up to repeated readings and viewings.” –Horn Book
, starred review
“This book has a flair all its own . . . . Elya’s engaging text features plenty snappy rhymes and plenty of contextual clues for Spanish words . . . Guevara’s illustrations provide a lot to see.” --School Library Journal
“This spirited interpretation of a classic fairy tale successfully mixes magic and reality, as well as Spanish and English words.”—Kirkus Reviews
A Horn Book