Friday, July 1, 2011

Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten by Trisha Speed Shaskan

I reviewed this book for Netgalley.

This is a very cute story of Red Riding Hood as told by the Wolf.

We’ve always heard Red Riding Hood’s story told to us from Red’s point of view. But the Wolf has a story too, right? After all, he was there just like Red and Granny.  This inventive narrative gives the reader the Wolf’s side of the story and we discover that everyone has a different perspective.

The Wolf isn’t a horrifying human-eating monster. He’s really just a really hungry vegetarian who is practically starving after all the apples are gone and harvest time is not happening anytime soon.  And Red, well, she’s kind of annoying. 

I thought this story was well-written and original. The illustrations were also well done, with beautiful colors and clever drawings.  I especially liked the “Think About It” portion of the book at the end.  The glossary of various literature terms is a great way to introduce children to the different elements of storytelling.

Fun read for those with children!    

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