Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

by Alex T. Smith, Illustrated By Alex T. Smith

Scholastic Press
August 2016

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2015027660

Lexile measure: AD620L

DRA: 18

Guided Reading: K

Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion's plan doesn't work out the way he wanted.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion is a fractured fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood. It's a classic fairy tale with a safari twist!

Alex T. Smith's fun, bold art brings Little Red Riding Hood to life in a refreshing new way that will delight young readers.
Alex T. Smith

Alex T. Smith is the author and illustrator of the Claude series. He lives in the UK. Visit him online at


  • Praise for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion:

    * "Great storytelling braided with lively color and a culturally affirming accent makes this book a real standout." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Praise for Home by Alex T. Smith:

    "A clever story, but what really makes this pop are Smith's full-color illustrations, which depict each fantasy in thought bubbles crammed with hysterically funny details. Great for reading aloud or for savoring alone." -- Booklist

    "Smith keeps the story zipping along, effectively using repeating phrases, story elements, and scenarios. The pages teem with digitized colors, textures, and photos, but the overall atmosphere is quiltlike and cozy. It's a persuasive argument for finding creative solutions to problems instead of walking away." -- Publishers Weekly

    Praise for Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith:

    "There's much to love in this resurrection of the cheerful city chronicle of the '60s." -- Publishers Weekly



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545914383

32pp. | 8 x 10