Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from ChinaBy
Retold/Written and Illustrated by Ed Young
It’s interesting how some story themes find their way all around the world.
Lon Po Po is very much like the story known as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. In this story, a loving mom must leave her three smart and clever daughters – Shang, Tao, and Paotze – to visit their grandmother on her birthday. She gives them instructions on how to be safe, but the wolf nearby is clever.
He knocks at the door and declares that he is Grandma. Then he blows the candle out and tries to find other ways to get close enough to harm the girls. But the three sisters are not fooled – they outwit the wolf at every turn with brilliant and clever moves – overcoming evil with a sharp mind and a good heart.
Although the cover of the book and some illustrations can appear a bit scary for youngest readers, the book is uplifting and has a happy ending. It’s great to see young girls in strong roles – ready, willing and able to overcome evil with the power of their mind and their heart.
"Not for the faint-hearted, Lon Po Po (Grandmother Wold), is a tale of a menacing danger and courage....(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's best efforts." --Booklist"Absolutely splendid." -- Kirkuse Reviews. "An extraordinary and powerful book." -- Publisher's Weekly