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This issue’s cover illustration is from Lulu Loves Flowers by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw. Thanks to Alanna Books for their help with this cover and to Hachette Children’s Books for their support of the Authorgraph interview with Caroline Lawrence
Surely the most striking cover on the bookshelf this month, Little Red makes a big impact. This stylish re-telling of the dark fairy-tale is given a refreshing update when Little Red is stopped by a large, growling wolf that simply does not frighten her at all. Wolf polishes off Grandma in the usual manner and waits for Little Red, who sees through Wolf’s awful disguise instantly. Wolf might have his wicked plan, but Little Red has one that is much better. Warning: not everyone lives happily ever after!
Bethan Woollvin’s debut makes a bold style statement, using only black, grey and a vibrant red against the white page, her simple lines feel totally fresh and her characters look like new creations rather than old favourites. Worth buying in hardback – it’s fabulously good fun and marks the arrival of an exciting new picture book talent. Top production values from gorgeous new imprint Two Hoots shows they are serious about special stories and beautiful books. Be sure to check under the dust jacket for another surprise.