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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma - Diane Fox, Christyan Fox A cat attempts to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood to his friend, the dog. The dog keeps interrupting with amusing interjections and questions. The language seems appropriate for first or second grade. This is a great read-aloud book, as it is almost completely dialogue. The dialogue also provides opportunities to teach punctuation, as there are quotation marks, periods, exclamation and question marks, commas, and ellipses represented.

The illustrations are very cute. Each section of text corresponds to the adjacent illustration, so for beginning or struggling readers the illustrations provide clear and helpful picture cues.

There were a couple of changes to the original Little Red Riding Hood story in the cat’s version. Instead of a woodsman, Alice’s father saved her. Instead of the grandmother getting eaten, the authors went with the more innocuous version of the story by keeping the grandmother hiding in the closet. While the grandmother not getting eaten makes sense if the authors were trying to make the story less gruesome, the cat enthusiastically swings an axe while detailing the wolf getting his head cut off.

Overall, very clever story!

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