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Cloaked in Red

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,419 Ratings  ·  402 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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This was a nice, short book of Red Riding Hood stories. And I have to say no wolves were killed in this book or else I would set fire to those people! =)


Okay on with the stories:

The Red Cloak

This story is about Meg who is sent out to her granny's house but she spies a wolf on the way. She keeps going even though she is terrified and then she runs into a woodsman that is doing some illegal chopping of trees. She asks him to help her but then he turns all menacing and she does some things to sic
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
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, 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
Anne Osterlund
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Riding Hood was once a young lady who . . .

-Was so ashamed of the cloak her mother had dyed red that the girl felt compelled to sneak around the edge of town in wolf-infested woods.

-Wanted a child so badly that she designed her own life-size child doll.

-Had to deliver her grandmother’s dinner because her father was afraid to go over to Grandma’s house. It being a full moon and all.

-Found her neighbors Willy and Jacob extraordinarily annoying.

-had absolutely no common sense. And was darn luck
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.
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
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Feb 09, 2011 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!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the silliest fairy tales out there- seriously the girl (who doesn't even have a name!) has no common sense. So these short stories are rather thin being based off the original source material. The best of the bunch was "Deems the Wood Gatherer" who bumbled around the enchanted woods making things worse for the three little pigs, LRRH, the Gingerbread Man & Hansel and Gretel. A very fast read, so no harm done.
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
L13 Tracy Beling
Feb 03, 2013 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
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
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
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.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a charming collection of short shorts exploring different aspects and what-ifs of the Little Red Riding Hood tale!
My faves: Granny and the Wolf, for Granny’s and the wolf’s smarts and Deems the Wood Gatherer for the hilarious way he unintentionally interferes with other fairy tale stories.

A quick must-read for any lover of childhood fairy tales.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure how to rate this, because some stories are 5 star and one or two were meh to me.
I am glad to see, however, that I’m not the only one that thinks the red riding hood tale is strange in the extreme, even creepy. I think the first story was my favorite. Hard to decide.
Soobie can't sleep at night
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 versions.

The Red
Feb 15, 2011 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
Felicia Caro
Vivian Vande Velde, author of “The Rumpelstiltskin Problem”, writes another clever and witty book, this time pointing out how the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” is completely absurd. First, she starts off with the main character’s name, which is, in fact, a name for an article of clothing. In eight short stories, Velde re-writes the tale, giving “Little Red Riding Hood” new depth and humor. Velde’s tidbits of information, such as how, once upon a time, the kingdom ruled the forest so that no ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
3 stars. I don't know how Vivian Vande Velde's retellings aren't more popular among children's booksellers. Here, she takes us through eight adaptations of the classic Red Riding Hood story.

I love the way Vivian Vande Velde weaves fantasy stories. She makes her retellings incredibly creative while not droning on. There's some great atmosphere and a feeling of wrongness throughout these stories. The prose only helps; this story flows naturally and doesn't have major pacing issues.

Recommended fo
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
Nov 06, 2010 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
Dr. A.
May 18, 2015 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
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Feb 08, 2011 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
Miss Clark
Aug 09, 2010 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
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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.” 26 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.” 12 likes
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