Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Little Red Writing (Joan Holub)

Little Red Writing
Joan Holub, illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Chronicle Books
Fiction, YA Picture Book
***+ (Okay/Good)

DESCRIPTION: The pencil Little Red sets out to write a story for class, bringing a basket of words... but will they help her escape the big bad pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000?

REVIEW: A fun little tale, it starts out as a simple introduction to how to write a story. Red discovers that just walking around is boring, but a jungle of dense descriptions is even worse. I'd hoped it would continue in that vein, but eventually it segues into the expected Red Riding Hood tale - only this Red's not quite as helpless as the original. Several pencil-based puns and word plays liven up the illustrations. While I would've rather it stuck to the original concept, it's a decent enough story, with a few pointers for would-be writers.

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