Picture Book Review: Little Orange Honey Hood

Little Orange Honey Hood by Lisa Anne Cullen
Little Orange Honey Hood: A Carolina Folktale 
by Lisa Anne Cullen

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


In this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, a little girl named Blossom sets out to take a peach pie to her grandmother up the river. She encounters a wily alligator, and uses all her intelligence to outsmart him.

I loved this funny retelling, with a decidedly Southern charm! I especially liked that Blossom does not rely on anyone else to save her and her grandmother, but instead she outsmarts the alligator herself. 
The dialogue is funny, and enchanting, as it mirrors the dialogue from the original Little Red Riding Hood with a new twist. Instead of “Grandma, what big teeth you have.” Blossom asks, “Grandma, why are your nails so long and sharp?”
She’s a smart little cookie!

There are even recipes included at the end of the book for peach pie and other Southern delicacies, like fried Alligator Tail. Haha!

The illustrations are beautiful and unique, because they look like cut out pieces of paper. I liked the art style, but at times it was too busy and not clear enough. I found myself staring at the same page for awhile, squinting at the illustration, trying to figure out …is that a flower? Is that the little girl’s basket? A lot of the forest has all the same colors and everything blends in together. I would have liked more clean illustrations, and less busyness.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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