“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 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.
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.