Betsy Red Hoodie
Publication Date: September 2010
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Betsy is finally old enough to take cupcakes to Grandma all by herselfwith the company of her faithful sheep, of course. And although wolves arent good for grandmas, Betsy lets her best friend, Zimmo, come along too. But will Zimmos wolfish instincts make Grandma the tasty treat instead?
In her second picture book starring the feisty young shepherd Betsy, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine teams up once again with Scott Nash to put a hilarious twist on an old favorite. This reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood is sure to delight readers from little lambs to cupcake-loving grandmas.
Gail Carson Levine thinks she can write poetry. Forgive her; the doctors say shell be sane again soon. She was born in New York City and shares a birthday with William Carlos Williams. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor. Gails other books include A Tale of Two Castles; the New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy Red Hoodie, both illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail and her husband, David, live in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
“In this uproarious adaptation, Nash and Levine’s twist ending ensures a happy ending, and the sheep’s speech bubble cacophony provides an entertaining backdrop to a surprisingly tense story.”
“Tongue-in-cheek funny, this is sure to find a place alongside Betsy’s earlier escapade.”
“Nash stages the shenanigans in an attractive country landscape, supporting Levine’s light tone with comical pen drawings of the round-faced, energetic Betsy. Good read-aloud fun.”
-The Horn Book
“Levine’s well-paced, straightforward storytelling plays nicely against the broad comedy in Nash’s color-washed ink drawings. Full of action, zaniness, and a few metamoments in which characters crawl out of the story, this makes a good companion to David Wiesner’s similarly fractured THE THREE PIGS (2001).”
“The wry humor of the herd, who crack jokes and banter in speech bubbles alongside the narrative, will appeal to children and lends comic relief to the story of a difficult journey.”
-School Library Journal
Praise for Betsy Who Cried Wolf:“A must-have.”
“There’s a glow and a flow to the pictures that add shine to the story.”