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
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 ...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
-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 ...more
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.Now I accept that everyone’s tastes are diff ...more
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.
Before she beings, VVV treats the reader to a hilarious and sarcastic summary and deconstruction of the original story ...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
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
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 ...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
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 ...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
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 ...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
I gave the one star for the cover and for the introduction made by the author (cuz it was funny and it made me LOL). Because I read that section first, I wasn't THAT disappointed with this book, even though I still very much am...
The author's writing style was immaturely written, as were the plots. Seriously, criticize Little Red Riding Hood much?? Ok, so maybe there WERE a few retarded parts in the original story, ...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
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