Book Review of Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
The Children’s Book Review
Written and Illustrated by Ed Young
Ages: 5+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Philomel Books | ISBN-13:978-0698113824
What to Expect: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Culture, and Myths
Lon Po Po by Ed Young is a fascinating read that offers an engaging twist to the classic tale of Red Riding Hood.
This Caldecott Medal-winning book retells the story of three sisters who outsmart a cunning wolf disguised as their grandmother—a unique retelling that is both clever and thrilling. Shang, the eldest sister, displays exceptional sharpness in devising a plan to trap the sly Lon Po Po and protect her siblings from harm.
Ed Young’s illustrations are truly captivating, adding depth and meaning to the storyline. The award-winning artist’s wistful choice of pastels and watercolors only contributes to the book’s overall excellence. This clever adaptation has a gripping plot that will undoubtedly appeal to readers across age groups.
Ed Young’s Lon Po Po is a masterpiece and a valuable addition to any library’s collection.
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About the Author
Ed Young, who was born in China, won the 1990 Caldecott Medal for the illustrations in Lon Po Po. Most of his artwork is inspired by Chinese painting.Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
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