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

Written by Christyan Fox, Diane Fox

Illustrated by Christyan Fox, Diane Fox

Early Years Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe

A wonderful example of the twisted fairy tale that will delight young readers

A deliciously funny version of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. Cat tries to read Little Red Riding Hood, one of his most-favourite stories, to his friend Dog. But Dog is a discriminating and inquisitive listener! He questions every aspect of the story and, as cat tries to explain why it makes sense, readers will find themselves questioning things they have always taken for granted!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe Synopsis

In the Bookbag's top 10 children's picture books of the year!

Cat is trying to read a much-loved classic children's fairy tale to Dog. Parents will sympathise with Cat as he suffers question after question from inquisitive Dog.

Minimal words and pictures combine to create a powerfully funny book, with two new delightful, engaging and appealing characters in a perfect debut - a book with true appeal for all ages.

Now published in paperback for the first time, this book was chosen by Julia Eccleshare as one of the best of 2014 in The Guardian in December 2014.

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Erica Motoc, age 7 - 'A very hilarious book, it was so much fun reading it!' Read full review >
  • Iulia Motoc, age 6 - 'We both read it together and laughed so much and then we read it again, separately.' Read full review >
  • Florence Bridgeman and mum, age 4 - 'A charming and twisty take on the bedtime story and fairytale classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Sure to appeal to boys and girls and parents will easily relate to it too!' Read full review >
  • Alex Golding, age 4 - 'A very silly retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, absolutely perfect for boys as it anticipates all the questions that they ask.' Read full review >
  • Matthew Wilson, age 6 - 'I  liked this book. It's just really funny.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Grace Bedforth, age 7 - 'A very funny story about a dog that asks lots of questions. If you know the little red riding hood story, this version is going to make you laugh out loud.'  Read full review >

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe Press Reviews

'Every once in a great while, a book comes along that combines story and illustrations so seamlessly and to such great effect that it looks effortless. This is such a book. Cat and Dog are destined to become a bestselling and recognised team; the Odd Couple of the book world.' The Guardian

'The humour is very funny throughout... The simplicity of the drawings and the laugh aloud dialogue will delight six-year-olds and upwards.' Irish Examiner

'A picture book which will be enjoyed by those with knowledge of fairy tales and the Little Red Riding Hood story in particular... The way in which the text is presented means that it could be read in class as a dramatic duologue.' CLPE

'Simple line drawings a la Sandra Boynton give the animals adorably large snouts and tiny bodies, ...There's plenty of subversive laughter, and a sly turn at the end when the cat's bloodthirsty account of the climax exposes the dog's tenderer feelings: Are you absolutely sure this is a children's book? he asks.'    Publishers Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910277133
Publication date: 5th November 2015
Author: Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
Illustrator: Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
Publisher: words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 2

About Christyan Fox, Diane Fox

DIANE and CHRISTYAN FOX together have created more than 40 children's book in the past 26 years; Christyan has also illustrated another 37, by various authors. They studied graphic design together at Middlesex University, and pursued individual careers before discovering how well they worked together. They live in London with their three children.

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