Lon Po Po

Lon Po Po

A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

by Ed Young
Publisher: PaperStar Books
Trade Paperback, 32 pages
List Price: $6.99 Sale Price: $5.94

A mother leaves her three girls at home while she goes and visits their grandmother, their Po Po. But then someone shows up at their door claiming to be their Po Po. If this is Po Po, why does she have such furry feet and sharp hands? The answer is that it's not Po Po, but a fearsome wolf. Thankfully the eldest girl is smart, and she takes matters into her own hands to save her sisters and get rid of the false Lon Po Po.

Ed Young uses striking shadows, pastels, and panel art to tell this tense story. Unlike the traditional Red Riding Hood story, this one has the girls coming up with a clever (and slightly violent) plan to save themselves. Bravery and self-reliance are the morals of the day. The clever interplays between light and dark in the illustrations help to drive this point home.

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Review by Lauren Shearer
Lauren Shearer writes words for fun and profit. She also makes films, but everyone knows you can't make a profit doing that. Her other hobby is consistently volunteering way too much of her time. You can read more of her reviews here.
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Summary: Three clever girls are home alone when a mysterious stranger shows up, claiming to be their grandmother.

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Rachel of Hillsboro, OR, 8/21/2016
Lon Po Po is the story of a wolf that tries to eat three children. The wolf pretends to be their Po Po (Grandma) and tricks the children into letting her inside while their mom is gone. The oldest girl, Shang, realizing the wolf was in a costume tricks the wolf into letting them go outside where they climb a tree. They were able to kill the wolf by another trick. Then they go back inside and wait for their mom.