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Cloaked in Red

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,048 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
Eight witty stories that parody the Little Red Riding Hood tale!
Nook, 127 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Cavendish, Marshall Corporation (first published October 1st 2010)
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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
Cara
Nov 17, 2010 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, fairy-tales
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
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Lauren Koerner
Though this book was good, it wasn't great. Would I pay 15 dollars for it? Nah. Would I pay 5 bucks for it? Yeah, probably.
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
Lorena
This book started out bad for me – with an author’s note in which she makes fun of the original Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood.
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species.
The question is: Why do we all know it?
If you look at “Little Red Riding Hood,” it’s a perfect example of the exact opposite of a good story.
Now I accept that everyone’s tastes are diff
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Quite honestly, I liked the idea of this collection more than I liked the stories. I did appreciate the humor and the fact that Velde did address the issues she'd always had with the Little Red Ridinghood story in its varied incarnations. I actually agree with her on many points. However, I think a few of the stories took a bit too much of a left turn. One even goes into a direction that makes the Woodsman into a foil who complicates the storylines of several other fairy tale protagonists. Cleve ...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
Joan
Feb 09, 2011 Joan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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L13 Tracy Beling
Feb 05, 2013 L13 Tracy Beling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-lit
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
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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
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Soobie's heartbroken
Work in progress

I fell in love with the cover and I didn't even read the synopsis. I just had to have this book. In addition, it was penned by VVV and I used to love her books as a kid.

Then I started reading and I realized this is an anthology. The book is actually composed by eight different retellings of Little Red Riding Hood. In the introduction the author explains that the actual fairy tales doesn't make any sense from a story-teller point of view and she tries to give her more complex ver
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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.
Jim
Nov 06, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Raina
Feb 23, 2011 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Valerie Watson Scheg

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 original tale, Vande Velde constructs eight new versions of the story, all only loosely based on the traditional elements. Each of her stories possesses a girl, some red article of clothing, a wolf, and a woodsman of some
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Jeanna
Mar 10, 2011 Jeanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Thea Tabanas
This was a nice set of short stories on the different perspectives about the story about Little Red Riding Hood. The stories themselves weren't "Oh-my-gosh-this-is-freaking-brilliant" stories, but they WERE entertaining. What I enjoyed the most was when Vande Velde included the Grimm brothers themselves and other fairy tales into some of the stories XD
Miss Clark
Dec 27, 2010 Miss Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fairytales and retellings
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
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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
Alexandra aka Auntie J
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Ms. A.
May 18, 2015 Ms. A. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of wish I hadn't bothered with this book, but I muddled through all eight re-tellings, not a single one of them more impressive than the original story of Red. I took issue with Velde shredding the beloved, if somewhat silly, fairy tale then being unable to deliver anything worthy of consideration herself. While imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery when an author spends eight pages listing every reason the original being imitated is dumb it leaves a bad taste in this reader's ...more
Karissa
I picked up this book as part of the Fairy Tales Retold Challenge I participated in this year. It was okay. This is a series of eight stories that are rewrites of Little Red Riding Hood. The stories are fairly short and simple. A couple of them were very creative and I enjoyed them. I actually enjoyed the humorous foreword more than the majority of the book.

The writing style is very simple and straightforward; there isn't a lot of description or poetry here. The stories aren't really edgy or any
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Ellen
Jul 13, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fabulous cover and an Amazon sale enticed me to read Cloaked in Red and I'm not sorry I did! At some point, I wonder if I will tire of all these fairy tale retellings that are flooding the children's market. Not if they all have the wit of Velde. I was hooked by her intro and even felt the need to read parts of it aloud to my husband as he heard my snorts of laughter punctuating an empty room. If I don't read something to him in moments like this, we both might start thinking I'm crazy.

First
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Verity Brown

I enjoyed the author's book The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, and I was hoping this would give a similar take on the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairy tale. But I was put off from the start by the really nasty tone of the author's preface. If she thinks this fairy tale is that stupid, why even bother to write a series of short stories that give different takes on it? And as one might expect from the author's apparent attitude, the stories were not that great. There were occasional funny moments, but man
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Ilinalta
Mar 12, 2015 Ilinalta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author’s name is so cool. Too bad the book she wrote wasn’t great.

Basically the book is a collection of short stories of Little Red Riding Hood. Most of them are filled with satire. The concept of it was truly interesting unfortunately her writing is drab. Nothing of it was interesting. Her ideas and writing failed to take hold of me. Even though I could have ignored her writing style and focused more on her ideas, I just couldn’t. After reading the first short story, I realized that nothing
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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.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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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.” 22 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.” 9 likes
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