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Cloaked in Red

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  1,435 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Eight witty stories that parody the Little Red Riding Hood tale!
ebook, 127 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Cavendish, Marshall Corporation (first published October 1st 2010)
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Cara
Have you ever thought that the story of Little Red Riding Hood was kind of lame? If so this is the book for you.

The author in the beginning gives an introduction of why she felt the need to give this fairy tale it's due. To be honest I always thought the story was boring and definitely left a lot to be desired. Here we have a collection of stories that give a new take to Little Red. The stories range from a creepy doll coming to life, all the way to a red cloak having a mind of it's own. Some...more
Ms. Patterson
When I pick up a Vivian Vande Velde book, I know I'm going to be reading something that takes a unique view on a familiar theme, plot or idea. CLOAKED IN RED is no exception, being a collection of short stories, all based on the traditional fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor and jokes written into the stories, primarily related to the traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale or other fairy tales or even the Grimm brothers. If the reader is...more
Skedatt
To tell you truthfully, I had read the Rumpelstiltskin Problem a long time ago and remembered that the last version of the story was really funny. I was hoping to find the same true here. Which, some of them were. I really enjoyed the retelling having the grandmother be a werewolf. The image of having a wolf rifle through her closet trying to find four matching shoes makes me smile. The doll coming to life is probably my least favorite. The stories are worth reading in that they don't take very...more
L13 Tracy Beling
This book is a collection of eight different stories that follow the story frame of Little Red Riding Hood. At the beginning of the book, the author provides a relatively long, humorous explanation of her annoyance with fairy tales. "I don't like to criticize anyone's family, but I'm guessing these people are not what you'd call close. Little Red doesn't realize a wolf has substituted himself for her grandmother. I only met my grandmother three times in my entire life, but I like to think I woul...more
Brittany
Think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. Vivian Vande Velde decided to retell it, eight different ways. In each story you will have a chance to see Red and the other characters in a different light. Make sure you brush up on your other fairy tales too, since some of them make a guest appearance woven deftly into each tale.

I really enjoyed this eight story collection from the mighty VVV. Each tale was imaginative and full of new twists and turns for an already magnificent...more
Miz Lizzie
What great fun! The old familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood, a personal childhood favorite of mine, is retold up and down and sideways from each character's point of view in a wild mix-up of fairy tale variations. Besides the fun of just reading it, it would be even more fun to use in teaching creative writing or storytelling. The introduction is hilarious and would make a great read-aloud, performance piece, or book talk on its own.
Joan
Since Vande Velde starts by complaing about the red riding hood story specifically how really stupid Red is, it bothered me that ih her 8 alternative stories Red was often stupid!
Arminzerella
Vivian Vande Velde, in her introductory author’s note, explains that the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” is not actually great literature. Good stories have memorable characters (no one in Little Red Riding Hood even has a name), vivid settings (the woods and grandma’s house just don’t cut it), an exciting plot (there’s some suspense surrounding Red’s interaction with the wolf, but the woodcutter – in versions where there is a woodcutter – just appears out of nowhere), and important themes (wh...more
Jim
A little girl, a mother, a grandmother, a wolf, a woodcutter, and a red hooded cloak. Five characters, one article of clothing and an old familiar story, right? Not in Vivian Vande Velde's new book, which presents 8 brand new stories, each centered around those same six basic elements. One of my favorite "golden age" cartoons was Tex Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood, which recast the story with Grandma as a nightclub owner, Red as her star performer, and the Wolf as a customer infatuated with Red. Va...more
Small Review
Vivian Vande Velde is one of the most underrated storytellers out there. I adore her books! While her novels are my favorites, she is also a master at crafting a good short story (a rare skill, I find). Cloaked in Red is no exception. With her signature dry wit, VVV has managed to create eight distinct and highly original versions of the, admittedly, rather strange original tale.

Before she beings, VVV treats the reader to a hilarious and sarcastic summary and deconstruction of the original story...more
Kay Mcgriff
I've had Vivian Vande Velde's Cloaked in Red (Scholastic 2010) in my TBR pile for a while. I'd been putting off reading it because I've working on a novelization of Little Red Riding Hood myself. (See my posts for Teachers Write for some of what I've been writing this week.) I was afraid reading someone else's version would keep me from writing my own. Bu I finally couldn't resist it any longer, especially when I realized it is eight different short stories giving eight different versions of Lit...more
Valerie Watson
Valerie Watson

Vande Velde, V. (2010). Cloaked in Red. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

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Review:
In this book of short stories, Vande Velde begins by exposing the utter absurdity behind the traditional forms of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. She maintains that the story is, for all intents and purposes, a bit ridiculous. In the interest of correcting the faults of the orig...more
Raina
Have you ever thought that the story of Little Red Riding Hood was kind of lame? If so this is the book for you. (Even if it isn't the book for you, read it for the author's note alone...I was laughing so hard I was in tears!)

The author in the beginning gives an introduction of why she felt the need to give this fairy tale it's due. To be honest I always thought the story was boring and definitely left a lot to be desired.

Vivian Vande Velde, in her introductory author’s note, explains that the...more
Miriam
This book got my back up from the start, by opening with an introduction that made fun of the Red Riding Hood story in particularly lame and stupid ways. First of all, don't try to be funny if you don't know how (thinking about the VVV books I've read, humor is a weak point for her). Second, isn't it some kind of party foul to make fun of the very thing you are ripping off to sell your not-very-good short stories? Because most of the stories here were pretty weak. The couple that were better rea...more
Jeanna
Vivian Vande Velde takes the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and twists it into eight totally original, hilarious, and new tales.

With these eight new tales, she has created something unforgettable. The characters will stand out more than anything. She has characters ranging from talking dolls to vampires.

Each tale was humorous and fun, but most of all, I enjoyed the one with the werewolf and the vampire- like Twilight and little Red twist.

This does bring out a few questions. Like, what were the G...more
Miss Clark
In the same vein as The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Vivian Vande Velde's first collection of retellings centered on a single fairytale, this newest volume takes a hard look at Little Red Riding Hood and then retells it eight different ways. They were all a delight and made me laugh, esp. to see how other fairytales start to poke through. I would love to see her take on The Frog Princess or Rapunzel, two more fairytales that never made sense to me from a storytelling perspective. Anyway, anyone who...more
Abbie
This is a collection of several versions of Little Red Riding Hood written by Vande Velde to answer some of her lingering questions about the characters behave in such an improbable fashion. The stories are interesting, clever, and humorous, and each is told from a different character's perspective.

My main complaint about this book is the cover design. The picture looks like it should illustrate a moody love story, but instead it illustrates lighthearted, sometimess silly short stories. The cov...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Little Red Riding Hood retold eight different ways by the same author. It might sound like it would be repetitive, but it's not. Each tale is very imaginative and enjoyable. I loved how varied they were, and each was as good, if not better than the original tale. I particularly enjoyed "Granny and the Wolf", told from the grandmother's point of view rather than Little Red's. "Little Red Riding Hood's Family" was also interesting because it had a unique twist to it. Fans of fairy tales and retell...more
Angelina Justice
The book was amusing in places and had some good stories. There were many novel ideas and great characters.

But as a strong proponent of fairy tales and their inherent symbolism, I was a little put off by the author's glib criticism in the introduction of this collection. I can understand the desire to connect with young readers, but I don't think mockery of a literary tradition and childhood staple is necessarily the ideal way to do so.

I would far rather have just had the author tell us that h...more
Cheryl in CC NV
A delightful companion to The Rumpelstiltskin Problem. These are mostly light stories but they're still intriguing. I would buy both books for a classroom or tween girls. Boys might like them if the whole family reads together. It is very short but don't read it too fast or you will miss some of the slightly more complex ideas.
Lil Sparrow
I've like other books by this author, but this just really wasn't as good. An enjoyable read, but nothing extraordinary.
Helen
Vivian Vande Velde does not disappoint. This short story collection (alternate retellings of "Little Red Riding Hood") was a delight to read.

Also, there were excellent comedic moments, such as, "The wolf sniffed beneath the door just to be sure this was a human cottage. The scent was undeniable. No pigs, except in bacon form. The wolf thought being in bacon form was a very sensible way for pigs to behave."

Further ponderings about bacon followed.

It'd be difficult to choose my favorite story. "Gra...more
April
"What makes a good story?
1. Memorable characters
We've got a mother, Little Red Riding Hood, a wolf, a grandmother, and a woodcutter. It's hard to call characters memorable when the only one who has a name is, in fact, named after apparel that nobody wears anymore.
2. Vivid setting
The woods. Okay, are we talking Amazon rain forest here or a couple of trees in someone's backyard? It's sloppy storytelling if we aren't given enough information to picture where our memorable characters are.
3. Exciting...more
Alison
Like with any short story collection some stories were better than others. I’ll briefly talk about each story so don’t read on if you don’t want too many spoilers.

-The Red Cloak- Interesting twist for the woodcutter to be bad.
-The Red Riding Hood Doll- Very odd. It’s the furthest from the original story.
-Little Red Riding Hood’s Family- The paranormal aspect could have been cool but I didn’t like it very much. It felt too silly.
-Granny and the Wolf- This was a bit funny. I enjoy those storie...more
Cayla Fujita-haffner
Jesus is made to carry the cross.
Jesus was put before the judge in a place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew Gabbatha. He was presented to the Jews. But, they handed him over to the court. Jesus came to Jerusalem to carry his cross. He went down a path called Via Dolorosa, which means grief and suffering. He came to get his cross already bloody and bruised because of the crown of thorns on his head. He was carrying the cross with criminals. When he received his cross he embraced it. To me it mea...more
Caitlin
As a life long fan of fairy tales and reinterpretations there of, I thought I hit pay dirt with Vivian Vande Velde's Cloaked in Red. Dragon's Bait, another of VVV's books, was one of my all time favorites as a teen, so I assumed a favorite author taking her own spin on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood would be instant gold.

Well, it certainly wasn't bad, but I had a hard time loving this book from cover to cover.

You know how Hollywood has a chronic problem with making a movie that has a...more
Kacunnin
Theologian E. Forrester Church, in an essay entitled “Virtue Uber Alles,” suggests an alternate version of the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” told from the wolf’s perspective. His point, that prejudice and intolerance often influence how we see the world, is brilliantly reinforced by the wolf’s good intentions and the woodcutter’s precipitous rash actions. It’s a great retelling. Vivian Vande Velde attempts something similar with CLOAKED IN RED, a collection of stories retelling “Little Re...more
Pica
Read the full review at Pica Reads.

...VVV wrote eight retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. After reading some reviews saying that it was mediocre, too short, or didn't live up to VVV standards, my expectations were somewhat deflated. Then Amazon couldn't get a copy of the book to send to me, which lowered my expectations even more (Was there only one printing? I ended up getting a used copy instead, just to get the book faster). However, I was as exc...more
Danya
Read for my "Read Outside Your Comfort Zone" Challenge.

Why is it outside my comfort zone? Short stories have never been my thing. Usually I've found that just as I've started to get a feel for the setting and characters, the story ends. Also, when I was younger I wasn't such a fan of the ambiguous or unsettling endings short stories frequently have...or perhaps I just read the wrong ones. Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" creeped me out no end. Still, I thought fairy tale retellings might be a good way...more
Jessica-Robyn
Jul 27, 2011 Jessica-Robyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the traditional fairytale
Cloaked in Red is a collection of retellings, each short story attempting to take a different look into the possibilities of Little Red Riding Hood's tale which in itself although a classic is full of pit falls.

It is to be expected that some of the stories are better then others and I will say that I was a little disappointed by the variety. Although each story was very original and did have a different outlook I would have enjoyed seeing something in more different styles then just the classic...more
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

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“Those Grimm brothers," she said with a sigh, "they'll never amount to anything." And she was right because all they ever became was writers.” 21 likes
“The wolf sniffed beneath the door to be sure this was a human cottage. The scent was undeniable. No pigs, except in bacon form. The wolf thought bacon form was a very sensible way for pigs to behave.” 7 likes
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