Friday, July 31, 2015

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

This children's book, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, told by Mike Artell and illustrated by Jim Harris, is not new, but this book caught my eye recently and is very highly rated. Readers are impressed by the authentic Cajun voice and story details, and clever pictures. In this version of the story, the little girl and the wolf are replaced by a gutsy duck and a crocodile.

Fans of the book might also enjoy this page from Jim Harris' website, describing his process in illustrating this story; he shares sketches he did of Petite Rouge as different animals, and why he ultimately decided she should be a duck. He also does so with a sense of humor. My favorite is the caption for Petite Rouge as a bear:
It's always fun to see the behind-the-scenes work of artists! It's clear that Harris did his research, which makes the illustrations rich and authentic. This book does seem like a treasure, check out the duck version of "American Gothic":

*Also: did you enter in the giveaway for Kate Forsyth's Wild Girl over on Once Upon a Blog? It's the last day! Be sure to check out the interview Gypsy did with Kate Forsyth. I am REALLY excited to read this book...

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