Reviews for Little Red Hot

Booklist Reviews 2013 April #1
Yee-haw! Little Red Riding Hood gets fractured in this western take on the old favorite. Here, our heroine's handle is Little Red Hot--named for her love of peppers. When she hears Grandma's feeling poorly, there's nothing for kicking germs like a pepper pie, so she makes one using the hottest kinds: jalapeño, habanero, and the fiery Naga Jolokias. (And she substitutes Tabasco sauce for milk.) On her way over to Grandma's, Red meets Señor Lobo, who passes himself off as an overgrown coyote. The story proceeds like the standard, but here, when the nightgowned wolf tries to take a bite of Little Red, she shoves a piece of hot pepper pie in his mouth instead. Veteran folklorist Kimmel makes this story his own--the cadence and the imagery would be just right for storytelling even without the pictures. But the illustrations--gouache, acrylic, and colored pencil paintings combined and collaged digitally--are full of action and add to the high-octane fun. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Little Red Hot, her sick Grandma, and conniving wolf Seqor Lobo star in this Texas version of "Little Red Riding Hood." Red Hot has a weakness for chili peppers, and it's with her hot pepper pie that the scheming wolf gets his comeuppance. Warm-hued mixed-media illustrations add dashes of humor to this slapstick retelling with a distinct Southwestern flair.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 June

Gr 1-3--A Texas twist on a familiar tale. Little Red Hot gets her name from the peppers she's so fond of eating. When she visits her sick grandma, she takes her a red-hot chili pie. Who should she meet as she rides through the woods? Pecos Bill, the Three Tamales, and, of course, Señor Lobo. The wolf beats her to her grandmother's house and disguises himself as the old woman, but one bite of Little Red Hot's pie sends him skyrocketing out of sight. Different art mediums-gouache, acrylic, and colored-pencil drawings-have all been merged via use of the computer and provide a lot of detail and appeal. The red hues help bring out the feeling of heat, while the action in the illustrations gives a sense of movement and flow across the pages. An author's note provides information about peppers and how they get their heat plus how the heat is measured. Kimmel also warns people about eating hot chilies. A fun fractured fairy tale.--Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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