Friday 21 February 2014

ReadItDaddy's BIRTHDAY Book of the Week - Week Ending 21st February 2014 - Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap (David Fickling Books)

Very Little Red Riding Hood

Written by Teresa Heapy

Written by Sue Heap

Published by David Fickling Books

This is an extra-special edition of our Book of the Week slot because it's Charlotte's birthday week - and for her birthday book of the week she's chosen something that has had us both cackling with laughter all week, and has been in constant demand.

We're very used to seeing classic fairy tales get new treatments, as various authors and illustrators put their own sheen on well loved tales. We thought we'd seen just about every possible way you could reproduce the excitement of "Little Red Riding Hood" but step forward the dream team of Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap. Heapy and Heap have come up trumps with a tale that will make children hoot with laughter (like Charlotte) and make parents knowingly nod and crack a wry grin or two as well.

Very Little Red Riding Hood sets off from home to take cakes to her Grandmama (so far so good) but when she meets the wolf in the forest (and shouts gleefully "FOXIE" before giving him a huge hug - something we definitely don't advise toddlers to do!) it's the start of a pint-sized adventure.

Sue Heap's observations of toddler-style behaviour (and speech patterns! "Lello" made me laugh long and loud!) are bang on the nail. Very Little Red Riding hood is full of joie de vivre and like our own little miss bossy pants, she's not above telling people what to do and how to do it!

Safely at Grandmama's house, Very Little Red Riding Hood invites "Foxie" in for "a cuppatea" and makes perfect plans for the ultimate sleepover. But is "Foxie" as friendly as he seems?

Books like this are such easy candidates for our book of the week slot. In constant demand, eliciting hoots of laughter with every read through, but more than that - lots of really cute and hilariously funny scenes unfold as you read, and it's the perfect book to appeal to quite a broad age range.

Charlotte asked "Was I that bossy when I was a toggler?" (Her name for toddlers) - Yes indeed she was.

Charlotte's best bit: Have you ever seen a child literally hopping up and down with happiness and excitement when it gets to their 'best bit' in a book? That's what Charlotte does every time it gets to the bit where Very Little Red Riding Hood meets "Foxie" in the woods for the first time. Every single time!

Daddy's Favourite bit: I don't want to spoil the book too much for you but there are so many bits that will make you laugh and smile. I really truly hope we one day see Heapy and Heap do more classic story treatments like this, I mean Very Little Cinderella has GOT to be next, surely!