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Red and the City

Written by Marie Voigt

Illustrated by Marie Voigt

Early Years

LoveReading View on Red and the City

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2019

Red’s mum tells her to follow the heart flowers on the safe path through the city when she sets off to deliver a cake to her grandmother. But the wolfish city soon draws her in and Red is lost.  It is only when she remembers what is important to her that she can find her way again. This retelling has a strong contemporary feel.


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The Klaus Flugge judges said: the characters are simply drawn but have real personality; there’s a European feel to the artwork; a clever, multi-layered retelling of a well-known story.

Find out more about the UKLA Book Awards here

Red and the City Synopsis

Red is finally old enough to go into the city on her own. One day, she sets off with her trusty dog Woody to take a cake to Grandma, but the city makes Red feel hungry and she eats the cake. Determined to find a new present for Grandma, Red journeys deeper into the city but she is consumed by a seemingly overwhelming amount of choice. Like all children, Red must find her own path and discover what matters the most.

This stylish and beautiful book is the perfect gift.

Red and the City Press Reviews

Featured in the Top Children's Books of 2018 by TES

'A metaphorical masterpiece that we should all take heed of.' - Katie Weymouth, Illustrator/Creator of Audrey the Amazing Inventor

'A striking alternative tale.' - Picture Books Blogger

'Fresh, different and provocative, the book comes just in time to remind us that the wolves in life are not always human. I love the author's idea that we all live in wolf city, but only we can choose what to do with it.' -, Leading Children's Book Review Website, Bulgaria

'We do love clever reinventions of classic fairy tales, and this is an absolute sunner.' - Read It, Daddy

'Red and the City is set to be a classic in its own right.' - Natasha Radford, Chicken and Frog Bookshop

'Red and the City is different. Really different. This gorgeous picture book debut, written and illustrated masterfully by Marie Voigt, took me completely by surprise. [...] If you want a truly original take on this traditional tale, look no further.' - Laura Lodge, Education Consultant, One Education

'Red and the City is the most beautiful retelling of a classic tale I have read so far.' - Naseeba Alozaibi, Book Reviewer

'Stylish, wise and cleverly created, this is the perfect book to share and enjoy with your little ones.' - Lancashire Post

'We were blown away by this beautiful book. Such beautiful illustrations, and a brilliant take on a classic tale!' - Leeds School Library Services

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192766878
Publication date: 24th January 2019
Author: Marie Voigt
Illustrator: Marie Voigt
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years

About Marie Voigt

Born in former East Berlin, Marie spent her childhood painting, acting, writing and wanting to save the world. Or be an actress, a painter or a filmmaker. But with degrees in Multimedia Technology and Marketing she got various jobs in TV, advertising, branding, events and graphic & web design, but nothing ever felt quite right. That was until Marie realised that making picture books allows her to combine all her passions and skills in the most fulfilling way. Following some very intense years of self-directed author/illustrator training and self-discovery, Marie is finally back where she started, but better. Because ...

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