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Little Red Riding Hood

Original text from the early version


Little Red Riding Hood is a European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. Its origins can be traced back to the 10th century by several European folk tales, including one from Italy called The False Grandmother (Italian: La finta nonna), later written among others by Italo Calvino in the Italian Folktales collection; the best known versions were written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.

In this version, the wolf usually leaves the grandmother’s blood and meat for the girl to eat, who then unwittingly cannibalizes her own grandmother. Furthermore, the wolf was also known to ask her to remove her clothing and toss it into the fire. In some versions, the wolf eats the girl after she gets into bed with him, and the story ends there.

I chose to illustrate this version because, in my opinion, nowadays children tend to be overprotected by concealing the disgusting or scary details from them based on avoiding to offend any sensitivities. This story might be too cruel, but my aim is to start a discussion about education in an overprotected way.

The little zine is bound with staples in each bending side —it is a three part folding—, and it has been printed in tracing paper. Because of the two bounds, you have to turn the pages alternating left and right, so you find yourself evading the bushes to see what it is behind, hidden partially by the tracing paper and the way the elements of the illustration are placed.

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