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Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!

(The Other Side of the Story)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  189 reviews
You think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood? THINK AGAIN! This retelling of the classic story, told from the wolf's perspective, will give you a fresh spin on this famous tale. Was the wolf just really hungry for apples? Was Little Red Riding Hood rotten? This fun fractured tale will leave you with a whole new understanding of the classic story.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Picture Window Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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Once again the wolf is vegetarian (most of the time) and professes a liking for apples. But one sympathizes with his desire to rid the world of a narcissistic little girl obsessed with her own looks. Personally, I think the kid isn't to blame when Grandma is practically identical (except that her favorite colour is green, not red). It's the whole nature-versus-nurture dilemma. Whichever option y0u pick, in Red's case it's obvious, as the wolf observes, that the apple didn't fall far from the ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Possibly I've read too many versions of LRRH at this point because I'm starting to see underlying parallels between various takes on it that are downright disturbing. Moon's version of Perrault's tale was flat out nightmare fuel, of course, and this is nowhere near that, but the "moral" of the story as viewed through the wolf's eyes is also fairly unsettling. The wolf wins in this one (obviously, as it's first person narration after the fact), and he explains that it wasn't his fault that Little ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Big Bad Wolf is trying so hard to be good. He is after all a vegetarian and tries hard to resist meat. He much prefers apples but when red riding hood shows up looking as plump and juicy as a big red apple what is a hungry wolf to do?

I enjoy fairy tale retelling and although this wasn't my favorite it was a fun read. The pictures are adorable.

3.5 Stars
Source: Netgalley
Chloe Richardson
Everyone loves a twist

I really enjoy these twisted fairytales and think they’re great to teach children about opposing views. I would definitely use this in the classroom and perhaps encourage the children to write their own version of other fairytales from the villains perspective. The links and and questions provided at the back are a good starting point.
Melissa Goembel
This story is twisted so that it is the wolf’s point of view and explains why he had to eat red and her grandma.
This book is the wolf’s take on the events. The wolf is in the forest where he comes upon red. She is very vain and conceited. She tells him she is going to granny’s house. He asks were that is, and she tells him. He gets to granny’s and granny is the spitting image of red but wearing green. He ends up eating granny and red but after much much goading by both. Plus, he was starving.
Carlos Luna
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining version

Very humorous and a nice twist to the story we all know and love. Kids will enjoy it. Give the wolf an English accent as you read this to them and have fun watching their little minds work in overdrive!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten by Trisha Speed Shaskan instantly caught my eye! Gerald Guerlais’s lush, stunning illustration, beautiful frame the story focusing the reader’s eye on a rather convincing wolf. Finally, after years of listening to poor little Red’s sob story, Wolf gets his say. Told from his perceptive, readers learn his version of the events that transpired deep in the woods that fateful day. Poor, unassuming Wolf explains that it was all an honest mistake bought on by some ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Enjoyable story on the Wolf’s take what happened with Little Red Riding Hood.
Ashley Couey
Absolutetly loved this book! My students loved it. I will use this book for a lesson about fairy tales.
Philip Carlson
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is a spin on the classic, Little Red Riding Hood, by listening to the events that took place from the Big Bad Wolf's perspective. The Wolf begins telling the story just prior to meeting Little Red in the forest, where he is complaining of being hungry after he'd "eaten every last vegetable and fruit in the garden". The Wolf claims to be a vegetarian who loves apples, so when he meets Little Red in the forest, he can't help but to see her as a juicy red apple, ripe for the eating. Upon ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten is written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Gerald Guerlais. It is a picture book for children and it is the first one I have ever reviewed. It is sweet (well in a way), most pages have one big picture in it and little text and it is short. It is a picture book after all.

I do love picture books and I have read quite a few lately when temping at a kindergarten. I am sure they would have liked this fun story. I am not sure about ages, not too young
Zubia Nizami
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a re-telling of the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood- with a twist. It is told by the view point of the Big Bad Wolf. The story is in the first person and the Wolf is on a mission to clear his name and set the story straight.

The book starts off with some background information so you, as the reader, get to know why he HAD to eat Little Red and her grandmother, which is unlike him because he is a vegetarian (on most occasions). The Wolf describes how he had not eaten for
Valerie Lurquin
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This is a very cute book about Little Red Hiding Hood told from the wolf's point of view. In the beginning of the story, the wolf is eating a salad for lunch, since he is a vegetarian of course. It made me laugh when he acknowledged why everyone believed he was big and bad since he ate Little Red Riding Hood. On that day, he had run out of his food (fruits and veggies) and he went out to try to look for food. He had went weeks without a meal until he smelled Reds cake and butter. He simply ...more
Komal Parveen
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A twist on the traditional story of little red riding hood, this time it’s the wolf’s version of events. It is a good way of showing children there two sides to every story. It can be used alongside the original to allow the students to see the similarities and differences. Interesting book to read and the pictures are very colourful. In the book the wolf introduces himself as a vegetarian and Granny and Little Red are portrayed as boastful, vein and self-obsessed, because of this instead of the ...more
Amy Armstrong
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Honestly, I probably wasn't the intended audience for Trisha Speed Shaskan's take on Little Red Riding Hood. Instead of the story focusing on the innocent, naive girl who goes off to the forest to visit with her equally self-absorbed grandmother, we see everything through the vegetarian wolf's perspective. He sees granny and Red as delicious apple-like beings bouncing around his field of vision. Not only do they force him to eat them by looking like apples, but they force him to eat nasty, nasty ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture
I would add it to our fairy tale tub, but I didn't love it. It is fun for another perspective, but the story didn't sing to me like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka did. That twist on a familiar tale is brilliant and I have willingly read it and reread it to children for years.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Illustrations were cute, but I didn't like this rendition at all. It was a weak imitation of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, but I feel like children will not get the intended humor of the book.

This ARC was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another in this collection of twisted fairy tales. Twisted in a good way that is! This one is also funny and cute. This is also free at the moment with Prime if you want to check it out. I can't wait to read the other books in this collection.

Recommended for 2-8 year olds again and definitely a good, quick choice for bedtime reading with your little one(s).
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
So supposedly the wolf is trying to convince the reader he is a vegetarian, who only ate little red riding hood and her grandma because they looked like apples. But in the first page he's eating a drumstick. I found this to have a few moments of humor, but not enough to redeem this pale replica.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

My 2 year old daughter loved this book. She laughed as I read it to her. She loved the pictures as well.
RLL220_Xavier Hernandez
The popular story about Red Riding Hood was a classic story about a young girl visiting his grandmother and avoiding the bad wolf. In this book, the story is instead told by the wolf. The wolf swears he's a vegetarian and had ate all his food. He was left with no more food and forced to eat what he can find. The first thing he finds is a young girl, Red Riding Hood, and describes her appearance as an apple. He joins the girl to visit the grandmother and the wolf's hunger leaves him to devour ...more
Sandy Darby
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great twist to a classic tale! Told from the wolfs point of view, this tale lets us see a different side of Red Riding Hood. She is portrayed as narcissistic and vain, with absolutely no idea what is going on around her. The wolf attempts to be a sympathetic character by confessing he is a vegetarian, well mostly anyway. He has a penchant for apples and personifies them onto the human characters. Perhaps in a bid to alleviate his guilt about eating them? Upon beating Red to Grandmas house, the ...more
Rebekah Mitchell
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! is a twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Told from the wolf’s perspective, this story tells a different tail, erm... tale, of Little Red. She and her granny were not as sweet as everyone else makes them seem.

I thought that this story was so cute. The different perspective on the classic tale kept the students engaged. Throughout the story, the wolf compared Little Red and Granny to apples, which was fun. The illustrations
Cynthia  Gutzwiller
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this fractured fairy tale the wolf is a vegetarian who loves apples. The wolf's perspective sees little red as a red delicious apple. He Loves apples!! He hasn't eaten in weeks when he smells cake and butter that she is taking to Grandma. He catches up to little red as she is looking at herself in a puddle. She asked the wolf if this cape made her look pretty. He asked her if she wanted to play a game. They would race to Grandma's house. He would get there first. What will be do? Will there ...more
Meg McGregor
A really unique version, of the classic tale, told from the view of the Wolf.

Very funny and sure to bring out lots of giggles from your little ones.

The reader learns that both Red and her Grandmother are very conceited; and that The Big Bad Wolf, is actually a vegetarian!

So, why did he eat Grandma and Red? You will have to read this yourself!

The illustrations are lush and delightful - just like a red or green juicy apple!

Why not have an apple for a snack, while you read this?
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautiful pictures accompany a fun spin on the familiar fairy tale. But... maybe it's that I'm not a kid any more, but this version just highlighted to me how completely creepy this story is. Maybe I'd rather have an omniscient narrator describe a wild beast that eats up Hood and her grandmother, instead of the first-person voice of this wily, "oh the temptation, I can't help myself" Wolf who salivates and lusts and chomps. The focus on Hood's alluring appearance is, I think, what makes this ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, we hear it from the wolf's point of view. Quite entertaining. The wolf is vegetarian and he LOVES apples. He is also out of food. Here comes Red in her cape and she puts him in the mind of a ripe apple. So, he comes up with a plan to have two meals, Granny for breakfast, Little Red for lunch (and cake and butter for dessert).

Quite funny. He keeps comparing Red and Granny to apples, with Red in her cape and Granny in her green night cap. Great for a
Chandler Jordahl
Such a fun story and series! Trisha Speed Shaskan does a great job of writing "the other side". All of these famous fairy tales explore the unspoken perspectives. Great story to teach point of view. My students read the traditional version and this version. Then they were asked to write the story from Grandma's point of view, as we had not yet explored that. This is a fun activity that you can do with any of the fairy tales! Great mentor text for any age!
Denise Salemi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good retelling

The retelling from the wolf's point of view is comical and enjoyable. The text is filled with some idioms and informal language which may confuse ELL's; however, simple explanations for them would solve any challenges children have and aid their comprehension. The vibrant, detailed illustrations enhance the tale, and they are delightful. A fun rendition of a classic fairytale that all can enjoy!
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
While I love the idea--telling the story from another character's one of view, it was not well done. Instead of developing the wolf as a full character, Red and her Granny are made even flatter characters and blamed for their own deaths. If you're going to tell it from the Wolf's perspective, then find some empathy for him. Don't just make all the characters unlikable.

Also, Red was drawn way too seductive for a children's book.

The book gave me the creeps.
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