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Graphic Novel Review: The Little Red Wolf

 

The little red wolf

 

“Be careful to avoid the forest of dead wood where the hunter and his daughter live. They are vile and cruel and hate wolves! I don’t want anything bad to happen to you, so make sure to stay away from there!”

TITLE & AUTHOR: The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

GENRE: Graphic Novel/Fantasy/Children’s/Fairy Tale

PUBLISHED : October 3rd 2017, by Diamond Book Distributors

MY RATING: 5/5

 

Not your average fairy tale

I first discovered French artist Amélie Fléchais through my love of illustration, following her blog and other social networks like Behance. Later I became a true fan after she had published several gorgeous graphic novels, and worked on the beautiful animated movie Song of the Sea. This is the first of her books to be published in English, and finally I got to read it!

 

The little red wolf

 

The little red wolf is a beautiful and haunting fairy tale, at first seemingly told as a reversed Little Red Riding Hood, but with its own unique twist at the end. All the parallels are there – the little wolf bringing food to his ill grandma, his mother advising him not to stray from the path, him disobeying her and being tempted away by a kind human girl, but the rest is very different. The big bad wolf was interested in Little Red Riding Hood because he’s a hungry carnivorous animal, while in this tale humans have entirely different plans and motives.

 

The little red wolf

 

This beautiful tale may be a bit too dark for the youngest readers, but considering the original fairy tales, this one is very soft. The illustrations are out of this world, rich and dreamy. I may be biased because I’ve been following Amélie Fléchais for a long time, but frankly the beautiful art speaks for itself, and I would recommend this graphic novel wholeheartedly to all fairy-tale and illustration lovers.

 

The little red wolf

 

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15 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: The Little Red Wolf

  1. Let me just say this is an amazing review. I was just wondering – I don’t read many graphic novels but I want to start reading some more – would you suggest this to be a good one to start off with? 😆😆😃😁

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    1. Thanks!! Yes – I think you could start with this one 🙂 I don’t really like the ones with superheroes etc, and I can’t commit to long-running comics, so I read something like this. These are short, magical and based on fairy tales 🙂 And with gorgeous illustrations 🙂 I’ll be posting another review soon, of Amelie’s second graphic novel translated to English, and I can recommend you Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, which is really weird, but also gorgeous 🙂 And the graphic novelization of the cartoon Over the Garden Wall 🙂

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      1. That’s ok. Yes I don’t like the ones like that either – I think I will more likely enjoy ones like this. Are they, it sounds like something I would like? Thank you I will look up all those now and see if they are in my local library!! 😁😁😆😆😃 Thank you for recommending them too me.

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