The text isn't nearly as as quirky or original as I would like (though I have an admitted predilection for the unexpected and strange).
But what really wins me over about this version of LRRH are Seal's illustrations combined with 'Paper Engineer' Sam Ita's pop-up creations; they are sweet, vibrant and lively.
The charm of this book is that it convincingly creates that eerie other-worldly atmosphere that one should expect when it comes to fairy tales.
The text by itself is, arguably, bland. That being said, it is cute, and tamer than other versions I have come across, making it a more relaxed and enjoyable experience for the littlees.
But the real winner is the skilful fusion of Seal's illustrations with Ita's paper magic - it is easy to lose yourself in this book.
Don't buy this book for the story, but do buy it for the immersive experience.
- this review by Rebecca Halpern
Title: Little Red Riding Hood
Author/Illustrator: Julia Seal
Paper Engineer: Sam Ita
Publisher: The Five Mile Press, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: February 2012
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Pop-up book, Picture Book