Perfect Picture Book Friday! Little Red Writing by Joan Holub

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun fractured fairy tale with a writing theme!

littleredLittle Red Writing

By Joan Holub

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

36 pages – ages 5 – 8 years

Published by Chronicle Books on September 24, 2013

Theme/Topic – Fractured fairy tale / writing

Genre – Fiction/Fractured Fairy tale

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket (the beginning is also the opening) 

“Once upon a time

In pencil school,

a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, “Today we’re going to write a story.”

“Yippee!” said the birthday pencil.

“Slammin’!” said the basketball pencil.

“Sharp!” said Little Red.

So begins a hilarious and exuberant retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of story-telling, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)… and saves the day.”

Little Red Writing and her classmates gets a school assignment to write their own  stories. Little Red sets off with her basket of 15 words to write a story about courage!

Why I liked this book – I really like the illustrations. They are put in a collage-y way. If you go to Chronicle Book’s website for this book (click HERE) you can see interior images of the book. I like all of the different fonts in the story. I find it fun to read. I like how this book talks about the “dangers” of writing and different word groups. My favorite part of the book is when Mr. Woodcutter, the janitor, comes into Principal Granny’s office, and faints when he realizes that “the Wolf 3000 has sharpened Principal Granny to Smithereens!” 🙂 I love fractured fairy tales, and this book is the exact reason why – the humor and the parodies (the theater presents “Peter Pencil” and they live in Pencilvania 🙂 )! 😀 I also like it because Little Red uses words to help her along her journey in the book.  It also tells kids how to write a story (what the basic parts are) in a fun way. Ms. Holub has written a perfect picture book!

Activities and Resources –

Best activity I can think of for this book – write your own fractured fairy tale! 😀

For example – The Three Little Pigs want to build businesses of their own and the swindler wolf cheats the first one by selling him defective materials… hmm maybe I could make a story out of this…

I found a Teacher’s  resource guide to go along with the story at Chronicle Books website, HERE (this link is to the guide, the the publisher’s website).

I found a great website called The Book Chook written by Susan Stephenson and Ms. Stepenson has a TON of great suggestions for fractured fairy tale activities for kids to do and free downloadable worksheets and guides. Click HERE to go THERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

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35 replies

  1. I’m so anxious to see this book. Been hearing such great things about it. Happy to hear you like it too. 🙂 Melissa Sweet is one of my favorite illustrators ever.

  2. I certainly hope you tackle that fractured idea! I love Melissa Sweet’s ‘collagy way’ . Perfect pick!

  3. This seems to be the book of the hour! I really like all these books about words. I love hearing you humans read these books out loud. All the words are delicious! Thanks!

  4. Rad Red! I love Sweet’s illustrations, and this story sounds very creative.

  5. This book is popular. I’m really going to have to read it! The cover is engaging!

  6. Nice review. How is it you now just when to review a book? And you keep winning. Ugh! 🙂 Well, despite that, you have written a nice review that makes me want to check out Red. The cover is cool!

  7. Great! A perfect metaphor for courage.

  8. You know, Erik, I really have to admire your taste in books! What an excellent choice! 🙂

  9. I’ve never heard of The Book Chook. Going to check it out!

  10. Thanks for the review and the great links. I loved looking through the virtual pages of this book. It’ll have to tide me over until I can get my hands on the real thing. Also Book Chook . . .pretty cool!

  11. This book sounds adorable. I love the cover and the story sounds like such fun. I have to read it ASAP. I hope I can get my hands on a copy this week. 🙂 Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I will have to check this book out. Thanks!

  13. I knew I had to have this book, so last night I bought it! Actually, 2 of them (one is for my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher for Christmas). Reading the pictures has been particularly entertaining, and I want to look at them over and over. Thanks for the review!

  14. I’ve been seeing this book around and given my love for fractured fairy tales, I am definitely intrigued. Hoping to get my hands on this one soon. 🙂

  15. Aha! How did I miss this review? It was a pretty fabulous book wasn’t it? Dominic pored over the pages for about half an hour. The illustrations and the story are so brilliant! Glad to see you enjoyed it as well.


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