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Cloaked in Red

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,615 ratings  ·  416 reviews
So you think 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 scariest
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Marshall Cavendish
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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
A collection of short stories, each approaching the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” from a different, quirky perspective.

Every tale opens with a variation on “Once upon a time, after x had been invented but before we had y,” which pleasantly reminded me of The Princess Bride. That represents most of the humor throughout the book—breaking the fourth wall, cross-references to other fairytales, and anachronisms in abundance. (The very ending of the last story had me in stitches). Sometimes Vande V
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This short anthology of Red Riding Hood adaptations is excellent! Clever, witty, and creative, each story spins the classic tale in new and inventive directions. The introduction alone is worth the time although the entire book can be read in an hour or two. From misunderstood wolves to nasty little girls, the author brings us into the woods and ultimately reveals eight fascinating paths out. These stories are suitable for all ages and would be excellent read aloud as well. Highly recommended! 🐺 ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, retelling
This is an anthology of Little Red Riding Hood retellings. There are eight different stories, some better than others. Velde also uses inspiration from other children's stories, like Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel. These are all silly, funny stories, kind of making fun of how ridiculous the Little Red Riding Hood is. It was nothing special and not worth the time reading.
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Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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!
Jacquelyn Simon
I really enjoyed the author’s note. Some of those versions of Little Red Riding Hood, I had never heard of before.

1st Story: 4 stars! (view spoiler)
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
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
L13 Tracy Beling
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Felicia Edens
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Angelina Justice
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fairytales
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.
This is a collection of eight Little Red Riding Hood retellings/reimaginings. Some I thought had good ideas, but since the book is so short the stories weren't very fleshed out and kind of felt flat. None of the stories stood out as great, but the one (Little Red Riding Hood's Family) was perhaps the most bizarre. This was easy to read, since it wasn't that long, but it's not a book I'd recommend.
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.
Shae Petersen
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good collections of short retellings of little red riding hood. I liked how each story had its own unique incorporation of tropes from the tale. I loved the inclusion of other fairy tale stories, such as three little pigs and Hansel and Gretel. The role reversal of villains and certain characters also made these short stories interesting to read!
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Teresa Barrera
I didn't really fancy this book to be honest. I tried and wanted to, but just couldn't enjoy it as much as I would of liked sorry to say. But, may be different for others. So if you like short stories and little red riding hood, you might like it.
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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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