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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  368 reviews
Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way through the woods to visit her sick grandmother. The wolf is hungry, and Red Riding Hood looks tasty, so he hatches a dastardly plan, gobbles up Grandma and lies in wait. So far, so familiar. But this Little Red Riding Hood is not easily fooled, and this big bad wolf better watch his back. In this defiant interpretation of the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2015 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told along the lines of Little Red Riding Hood, this story explores the journey taken by Little Red. A cunning little girl, Red knows all too well that the Wolf has a dastardly plan. Red arrives to see her grandmother, but sees that the Wolf has other plan. By the end, Little Red has her own ideas and takes the upper hand. Neo liked this story, as it kept it attention throughout. He was eager to see just how funny Red could be when she was able to outsmart the Wolf.
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This book has wonderful black and gray drawings with a little red on each page.

It's a short retelling where Red takes care of herself thank you very much.

The only thing I would have liked to see was a page showing Grandma coming out OK (since we're dealing with really young readers as a target audience). If you have sensitive children you may want to preview the grandma situation since she isn't mentioned after getting eaten by the wolf.

Thank you Netgalley and Myrick Marketing & Media/Peach
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I do love a Red Riding Hood who is capable. Also look at this Red's totally done look when dealing with an obvious wolf in her grandmother's dress:

Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
I really like the illustrations in this book. They are modern and minimal and are all in black and white, except for the vibrant red. Unfortunately, the rest of the book was unremarkable. This is a very brief retelling of the classic fairy tale with a few changes and a few notable flaws.

There is a rather forced girl-power message in the book where the author tells us that Little Red is not afraid of the wolf. It feels unnecessary. The more serious issues are with Grandma. We see her getting eate
Nadine Jones
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A perfectly charming retelling of the classic tale, with plenty of side-eye. This version dispenses with all the details, none of that nonsense about not being able to leave the path, and there's no suspense when she meets the wolf in granny's clothing. Red cuts straight to the chase. She's got a plan.

This simple book will appeal to the squirmiest young children, but it might be a bit too gruesome for the more sensitive child. The action takes place off-screen, but (view spoiler)
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A delightful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I seem to know a young lady who would have the same outcome of this tale.
Nick Swarbrick
The interdependence of text and image is superb. Simply told, this RRH reselling stands out because of its sparse colours and understated text: I've read it daily for three days now and find something new to ponder each time. ...more
Christie Angleton
Love the art in this one!
The text and illustrations in this Little Red Riding Hood retelling are stripped down to their bare minimum, and thus words and pictures collaborate in telling the story instead of repeating each other -- very well done!

This picturebook also takes a full advantage of the page layouts, dramatic page turns and close-ups.

However, I am not a fan of this particular drawing style, and the retelling itself, although entertaining and empowering, is not that original (view spoiler)
Karen Witzler
Little Red doesn't really need modernizing. In the oldest versions of the tale she learns how to take care of herself. I prefer the more traditional. ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Amazing illustrations, a little bit dark and twisted, and a fantastic heroine who absolutely saves herself. Love it.
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Red Riding Hood with a skandi twist, this book is a retelling with sass.

There are a lot of fairy tale retellings getting around at the moment, but the bold, minimalist colour scheme, chunky woodcut-style illustrations and text that oozes subversive wit sets this one apart. The general arc of the Red Riding Hood story is preserved here, but Red is presented as one independent and resourceful young lass.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
What would have happened if Little Red Riding Hood would have felt strong and confident enough to defy the wolf by herself instead of waiting for the woodcutter's help?

Interesting version of one of the most popular tales for children. The white, grey and black illustrations highlight Little Red, who is a purposeful smart girl worth of highlighting!

Age range: up to 6 years old.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This amazing retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is unique, surprising, and hilarious! It's not often that a book shocks me like this one did; I love the artwork (the wolf's plan is one of my favorites) and the need to read between the lines. It actually reminded me a bit of I Want My Hat Back. It definitely doesn't pull any punches! ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0kids
Striking, funny, and weird. The text is simple enough for very little ones, but, while I loved it, I might save it for older kids who have already encountered the Grimm version of the story (in which Grandma is toast).
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A fantastic take on the Little Red Riding Hood story. If you think Red is going to be a helpless victim in this version, think again!
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute little retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," with a brave little girl as the hero. I love the little twist ending. The illustrations are just great - simple and striking. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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See my full review here:

LITTLE RED is a simple telling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale with accompanying red, white, and black illustrations. Little Red is heading to her grandmother's house, when she encounters a wolf. The wolf may have scared other children, but not Little Red. The wolf's plan is hatched, and he eats her grandmother before putting on her grandmother's clothes and laying in bed. What follows is the original fairytale with a twist- Lit
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the author's newest book "Rapunzel", I had to go back and read her first book and this one is even better. This is, for the most part, the original story of Little Red Riding Hood, only our Little Red here is no sissy girl. She suspects the wolf from the beginning and takes care of him herself without the aid of any woodsman. The story is quite dark when one thinks about it and in true sequential art format the words are innocent enough but the pictures tell the true story. Let's j ...more
Alli Smith
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book would be good to read after learning about fairy tales and how story can be rewritten. This book is definitely for older students, in my opinion. They would have to understand the original to understand this good. The ending might also need to be explained because I can see it going over a lot of students' heads, however the ending is a bit violent if explained. ...more
Jillian Heise
A slightly dark, girl power retelling of a classic fairy tale that pulls no punches and adds intelligence to the main character. No damsels in distress in Woollvin's fractured fairy tales, just girls figuring things out, making plans, and kicking butt. ...more
Melissa Goembel
In this story, red is the hero and saves herself from the wolf.
This is the like the traditional little red riding hood except for a twist at the end. The girl takes a basket to grandma’s house. She goes through the forest. She meets the wolf along the way. The wolf takes a short cut and beats lil red to grandma’s house. He dresses like grandma and waits for the girl. He doesn’t trick the girl, but she plays along. She chops the wolf with an axe and take his coat and goes on her way.
Chance Lee
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Striking artwork enhances the morbid little red riding tale. The illustration of grandma getting eaten is darkly funny.
Megan Wagner
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I feel like it would be kind of awkward to explain to a child why Red is holding an axe on one page and wearing the wolf on the next.
Sunah Chung
This derivative folktale, which retells the story of Little Red Riding Hood, is clever and humorous. Little Red, the protagonist, is asked to deliver a basket to her grandmother by her mother one day. She goes to her grandmother’s house, but she notices something is wrong. Instead of knocking the door, she first peeps in through the window suspiciously. Then, readers could see the difference between this story and the classic Little Red Riding Hood story.

Little Red (in this book, she is not “Li
Amy Layton
I was first introduced to this book a couple months ago, in my picturebook class.  We looked at the shapes, the colors, how we moved from verso to recto along with the book.  For those picturebook nerds like me, this is a great example of Molly Bang's ten rules and why they work.  

But, to the book now.  The color scheme is so simple, yet good.  We know Red because of her, well, Redness.  The rest isn't really that important.  So away with it!  We're left with just black and white, which
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The art is fantastic – almost minimalist – in this excellent retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. And the black and white with the little splashes of red makes for a great contrast.

I can’t share all the things I like about the story without spoiling the story, which makes for a difficult review.

Suffice it to say, the story has a bit of a bit of a different take than the original.

I have one question – what happened to Grandma?

Recommended for all ages.

Thanks to NetGalley, Myrick Marketing & M
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
At last, Little Red Riding Hood has some agency in her story.
This darkly comic twist includes great visual storytelling and just the right selection of words.
The last scene is especially good.
Poor grandma, though. Red doesn't seem fazed by her disappearance.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Received a digital copy from Netgalley for review. All opinions are my own.

I adored the illustrations on this one. It felt a little disjointed to me, and like maybe if it were a little fleshed out it would be better for older kids. Since it seems aimed at a younger audience just note that grandma doesn't make it - some kids might note up for that. Anyway, I did appreciate the can do attitude of this particular LittleRed, and as mentioned before loved the art!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This minimalist picture book takes a very traditional retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and gives the ending enough of a twist to empower Little Red. Although the simple black, white, and red illustrations and small amount of text points to a young audience, the scarier elements and changes to the story may be best for those who are already familiar with the fairy tale.
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