Saturday 27 November 2010

Lovely Red Hiding Hood

I just love fairy tales!
The very act of re-telling a story through generations is a wonderful thing, I love the tradition and the family embellishments that go with it.
Red Riding Hood is amongst my favourites not least because of her iconic red cape, there are so many illustrations of her, I really love this one.

This Christmas I shall be giving Louise Rowe's amazing Red Riding Hood Pop up book

It is quite scary!
Beautifully crafted and in a wonderful muted forest colour palette - have a look at it if you have a chance, you wont be disappointed. ( She has just published a new version of Hansel & Gretel too! I should be very grateful if Father Christmas popped one into my stocking - if your reading this Mr.Lane? )
Red Riding Hood as an image translates so well, this 1930's poster looks fantastic

as does this gorgeous etching

I remember being up far too late one Friday night whilst my parnts were out when I came across The Company of Wolves being shown on Channel 4 back in the early days!

It was a delicious behind the sofa experience!
I hadn't a clue what was going on, do you remember it?
The Company of Wolves was a 1984 gothic fantasy - horror film . The film is based on the werewolf stories in Angela Carter's short story collection The Bloody Chamber ( The Company of Wolves ,Wolf-Alice and The Werewolf ).

There is a new film being released March 2011
a gothic horror re-imagining of the fairy tale set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf. A young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter much to her family's displeasure....
Hmmm, sounds interesting.......
Have a warm weekend, and be very careful if you venture into the woods.............


  1. What a gorgeous book - I love it. I always had an irrational fear of wolves when I was a child - not that we ever had any in our woods! xxx

  2. Such a beautiful book and so much Red Riding Hood info - I do love a good fairytale.

    Have a fabulous weekend,

    Nina xxx

  3. Remember being terrified watching the 'Hound of the Baskervilles',and Hansel and Gretel gave me nightmares as a child.Love those pop up books and ,that Louise Rowe would be a good Xmas pressie for one of my nieces. ;o)

  4. I love this post, always having had a weakness for fairytales, however scary! I just splurged on a hardback copy of the Grimms Brothers Fairy Tales, and will read them on snowy nights infront of the fire! That first illustration is so lovely, and the pop-book would make a brilliant present.

  5. What a gorgeous post! I love all the illustrations but the pop up book is most amazing! Someone is going to be very lucky! Lots of love, Amanda xxxx

  6. now I NEED that book! what a beautiful post :)

    hope your weekend is nice and relaxing!

  7. Gorgeous book, hoe fab to own xx
    I used to love fairy tales, and many years ago loved 'Tales from Europe' on the telly...very lovely post, and that film looks good too thanks xx
    Lynn xxxx

  8. I love the Little Red Riding Hood pop up book!
    Our daughter loves paper crafts and I can't wait to show it to her!
    thanks for sharing...
    Now, about those wolves and scary movies... I'm a BIG chicken when it comes to horror films! I still believe in the BIG BAD WOLFE!
    Ha ha!
    Have a wonderful weekend~

  9. i was at the cinema the other day and saw the trailer for the new film and it looks really scary ... her red cloak is just awesome though - i would love one :-)

  10. What a beautiful beautiful book...must hunt it down.

    Thank you soooo much for sharing the jOY...weekend hugs my sweet friend. xoxo

  11. What a gorgeous book! I will definitely put it on my list of books to get.
    I collect LRRH...because my name, Piroska, means "Little Red Riding Hood" (in Hungarian).

  12. what a lovely book. i dressed as little red riding hood for world book day at school this year!

  13. What an amazingly adorable book, Sarah. I love the story of red riding hood, especially with Christmas time!
    Have a sweet Sunday xx

  14. Oh that book looks so lovely, I'm sure the recipient will love it.
    We went for a walk in the woods yesterday,thankfully no wolves just lots of squirrels!
    Hope all is ok with you.
    Lisa x

  15. SJ
    have you got yourself a red cape to wear this winter?
    traipsing through the woods, Mr B pretending to be a wolf, Mr L can play your hero!

  16. I also love traditional fairy tales they are so much more gutsy than a lot of modern stories.

    I like the sound of the film I wonder if the werewolf will dress up as Grandma? But I am a bit of a scaredy pants and might need a cushion in the cinema.

    Jo x

  17. Wow that book looks incredible!

    Thank you once again for all those Cornwall recommendations - I have returned totally in love with the county!


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