Wolves are the common denominator in these two books. Who Ate Auntie Iris? is an easy reader by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw, and it’s all about courage. And possibly about having preconceived ideas about people. Me, I just couldn’t resist the title.
The courageous one is a small chinchilla who is always a wee bit nervous when visiting her Aunt Iris, because her flat is at the top of a block seemingly inhabited by very large and dangerous animals with dreadfully big teeth. And when her aunt disappears, she feels it’s her task to find out which of the neighbours ate her.
Not everything is as it seems, however. A sweet story, and hopefully it won’t make readers more scared of the neighbourhood bears, wolves or crocodiles than they already are. Despite the teeth.
And while I’m not resisting, it was the names of the author and her illustrator that made me look twice at Very Little Red Riding Hood. Heapy & Heap. You couldn’t make it up.
Very Little Red Riding Hood sets of for her Grandmama’s house, and because she is so little, it’d be easy to assume she’s in more danger than the ‘usual Little Red Riding Hood.’ But it’s not exactly a picnic being a wolf, either. VLRRH is a feisty, if tiny, girl. She’s just fine until…
Very Entertaining, and a nice take on a traditional tale.