Cloaked in Red
So you think you know 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? Well, then, try your hand at answering these questions: Which character (not including Little Red herself) is the most fashion challenged? Who (not including the wolf) is the scar...more
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
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
Before she beings, VVV treats the reader to a hilarious and sarcastic summary and deconstruction of the original story...more
Vande Velde, V. (2010). Cloaked in Red. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
-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
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
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
...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
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
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
Then you have Little Red Riding Hood. How oblivious can one child be? Why was she left unsupervised in the woods? Why a red hood at all?
Many questions. Not so many answers.
Plenty of opportunities for new retellings in Cloaked in Red (2010) by Vivian Vande Velde.
This collection runs in the same vein as Vande Velde's earlier collection The Rumpelstiltskin Pr...more
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...more