Craig Barr-Green tells ReadingZone what inspired his picture book Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf, about a little girl who decides that Little Red Riding Hood needs a new ending... The book is illustrated by Francis Martin, and published by Little Tiger Press.
When the classroom is too busy, and too loud, for Gina Kaminski, she is taken to a quiet place to read Little Red Riding Hood. But Gina doesn't like the ending of the story and decides to enter fairy land find a way to save the Wolf. In so doing, she becomes the true hero of the story. While it is not overt in the text, Gina Kaminski is autistic. Children who are neurodivergent will find much to recognise in Gina's world, while the story will also help all children to better understand autism.
5* Review: "This is the ideal book to empower every child to be the hero of their own story."
Find out more about fairytales, representation in children's books, and creating Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf in ReadingZone's Q&A with Craig Barr-Green and Francis Martin