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Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Big Bad Gator Claude will do anything to have a taste of Petite Rouge...even if it means putting on a duck bill, flippers, and frilly underwear. He presents no match for the spunky heroine and her quick-thinking cat TeJean, though, as they use some strong Cajun hot sauce to teach Claude a lesson he will never forget!The combination of hilarious rhyme and exaggerated art cr ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Dial Books
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“Mais oui!”, Mike Artell has created a hilariously funny Cajun fairy tale in Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood. The book starts with a brief history of the Cajun people and a short paragraph about Louisiana (his birth place) in the dedication. There is a much needed glossary of terms to help the reader since the book is written in what I assume is the authentic dialect of the region. The protagonist in the story is Petite Rouge Riding Hood who happens to be a duck! What else would you have i
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book of this story, which really made the story feel authentic. Narrator Vernel Bagneris has the creole accent down to an art, and helps put the reader in a bayou, somewhere in the south, where the Big, Bad Wolf is now a mean swamp gator, and Little Red Riding Hood is now known as Petite Rouge, who has her cat TeJean with her for company as she travels to Grand-mere's house. The story has definitely been changed to fit the region it comes from, which made me wish that I c ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Extremely well written retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
Susan Rowe
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

Artell, Mike and Jim Harris. Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.

This book gives a brief history of the Cajun people and a glossary of cajun terms. The story is a variation of Red Riding Hood with an alligator as the “wolf” and a duck as “Petit Rouge”. The setting takes place in a swamp/bayou and Petit Rouge is delivering cajun food to her grandmother (gumbo and boudin). In the end, Petit Rouge and her cat, TeJean, ou
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell and illustrated by Jim Harris is such a fun book! First of all it is a remake of the infamous story of Little Red Riding Hood retold as a Cajun story. The book is written in rhyme which makes reading a lot of fun. In addition to rhyming the book is written with a distinct "Cajun" voice. Reading with a Cajun accent can be challenging, but kids and adults will enjoy doing the voice. One thing I love about the book is that at the beginning the au ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
"In a little ol' house dat been built outta wood, live a girl people call Petite Rouge Riding Hood." So starts the story of Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell with beautiful yet fun pictures by Jim Harris. This is the Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood, who takes the form of a female duck who is attempting to visit her sick grandmother. In order to do so she has to travel through the swamps and stear clear of Claude, "dat ol' gator." The plot is very similar to the origina ...more
L11-Sharri Moses
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional_lit
This was definately my favorite retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It is written in a Cajun accent that rhymes. There is a glossary at the beginning of the book to help with the meaning and pronunciation of several of the words. Petite Rouge Riding Hood is a goose wearing a red cape that will take a basket of food to her grand-mere that is sick. On the way she takes a boat across the swamp and runs into a gator. The gator wants her food, but Petite Rouge is brave and says, "An' I got me dis po ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just bought and read this book aloud for my 7-year-old niece and we really enjoyed it. I found the retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" equal parts authentic and refreshing. Petite Rouge is presented as a bit more resourceful and self-reliant than the traditional character -- her actions and dialogue are equally funny and admirable. Her sidekick, Tejean, also has a fun role in assisting Rouge in outsmarting Ol' Claude, the big bad gator.

My one grievance is that my niece had troubl
Jaclyn Kruljac
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Petite Rouge is an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood. In this fun fractured fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood is replaced with the character of a duck who is trying to go to visit her sick grandmother. The book is set on the Bayou in which the duck has to pass through the swamp of the Bayou and get past Claude the alligator who replaces the character of the wolf in the original tale. This version of the book is very closely aligned to the original plot line of Little Red with the setting, cha ...more
Jennifer Tarr
This cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood provides a funny and clever resolution to a classic tale of caution. Written to be read aloud, this version is a rhymed poem with cajun pronunciation and vocabulary. (Note, reader may want to practice this before trying a read-aloud as listener comprehension is helped by capturing the intonation and rhythm.) The delightful illustrations support the understanding of the text and add to the humor and fun. The protagonist in this version is a feisty youn ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I'm not generally a fan of fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood included. However, for its genre, this is a decent pick. Better than the original story this Cajun version relies on its rhyming verses and a big, bad alligator to add a twist the familiar tale.
Beth Wozencraft
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Petite Rouge. I found it funny and a welcome break from the typical Little Red Riding Hood story. This story takes place in Cajun Country, Louisiana. Little Red Riding Hood is a duck instead of a girl and the wolf is an alligator. This only makes sense as ducks and alligators are found in Louisiana. The story takes place in the swamps of Louisiana and instead of walking through a forest Petite Rouge is traveling by boat through the swamps. I found the way Artell combined ...more
Petite Rouge, a young duck, is headed off in her pirogue with her cat TeJean to bring her Grand-mere some boudin and other bayou style comfort food while she recovers from the flu. As she is leaving, her mother calls out the warning to not stop in the swamp saying, "don't you stop on de way", for fear of gators. Petite Rouge and TeJean are confronted by 'ole Claude, the gator along their path and as the story unfolds they must outsmart Claude to save themselves and Grand-mere. In a Cajun retelli ...more
Kaitlyn Day
Oct 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-1-20
Summary: Petit Rouge is a little girl duck who is trying to take food to her grandmother, who is sick. But she has to face an obstacle when she has to cross the swamp full of alligators to get to grandma’s house. She gets past the alligator, but then the alligator beats her to her grandmother’s house. So, the alligator pretends to be grandma to steal the food from Petit Rouge.

Evaluation: This book was very familiar because it is the same story as Little Red Riding Hood, except with a duck and a
Megan Mason
This book is a Cajun version of Little Red Ridinghood where Petite Rouge is the main character and is a duck while the big bad wolf is portrayed as an alligator by the name of Claude. The book uses rhyming and a Cajun accent to portray the story so that whoever is reading it to students can portray what it would be like. It is a funny story where Petite Rouge saves the day with some hot sauce.

I believe this would be a great story to read to kids! It not only is a play off o
Rachel D
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This version of Little Red Riding Hood was probably the cutest one I’ve read. Red is a duck that is sent to see her grandmother, along with a cat (to guid her on the boat across the swamp). This story has a New Orleans flare to it, because it is the Cajun Re Riding Hood. The language in here was, at times, difficult to read because a lot of it was slang and in a southern accent. I can see the little kids enjoying this very much. Some differences in this story include an alligator instead of a wo ...more
Chelsie L
Petite Rouge transplants the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood into the Bayou, featuring a family of geese, a pet cat, and a very sly crocodile. The story remains mostly true to the original, but it is told through the vernacular of the Cajun people.

My first reading of this book was independent and silent, which I knew right away was not the right way to enjoy it. I then found this YouTube video that provided a Read-Aloud version of the story, which I enjoyed immensely. The rich cultural refere
Briana Brisco
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was really great! I read it to second graders while exploring the differences in Little Red Riding Hood books. Being a person from Louisiana, I loved the freshness of this book. It is written in the voice and dialect of a person from the Bayou so it can be a little hard to read for some. But the dialect of the book influenced great reactions and a lot of laughter from my students! It also provided me with the opportunity to explore and explain a different culture to my students (I’m in ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The text and illustrations are both wonderful individually, but they work together really well, as well.

Petite Rouge is savvier and has more agency than Red Riding Hood does in most versions of the story, and she and her cat TeJean are very capable of taking care of themselves.

The accent in the text sounded right to me. I know a lot of people don't like seeing heavy dialect written, but I think it's important for the rhythm and rhyme here.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
My kindergartener brought this home from the school library and asked me to read it to him. So of course I said yes, then I realized it's written in dialect, which made it super not-fun to read out loud. I standardized it on the fly because he couldn't understand what the hell I was saying when I read the dialect, but it was awkward bedtime reading to say the least. I don't think he liked it. I gave it an extra star for the cute artwork.
Ashtyn Butler
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, humor, read-aloud
This was my very favorite book! I loved the way that the book was written. It would be a great read aloud book because the reader could do different accents or voices for the different characters. It is also very silly which would totally entertain the kids. It talks about louisiana tradition and food!
Sherillyn Ramsey
Great compare and contrast storybook to use as a conversation starter. Ask plenty questions about the differences from the original story. Good to ask those that heard the story for the 1st time what changes would they make to add their own culture. Poke at the children's own imagination of the story. Good to add art assignments.
Jo Oehrlein
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I LOVE this book.

The illustrations are fantastic. My favorite is of the gator after he's eaten the boudin with hot sauce. The ones of Petite Rouge with her mother or with her grand-mere would not look out of place framed in a nursery.

The book is written in rhyme and uses Cajun dialect throughout. The author does a great job of translating red riding hood to the Louisiana swamp.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite read aloud books of all time! This fractured fairy tale (of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD) has croc instead of wolf and Petite Rouge & Grand-mere are ducks. They trick poor croc into trying hot sauce so he never attempts to attack them again! The pictures are delightful and I rehearse the words many times (Cajun dialect) before sharing with an audience. Pure fun!
It might be because I speak french or because I lived for a couple years in Louisiana, but I really enjoyed this version of Little Red Riding Hood. I would love to listen to the audio book! The illustrations were fun and really added to the story!
Shiralea Woodhouse
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'all KNOW I love this! But if you get it, let somebody from Louisiana read it to you :) And the pictures are hilarious... just a really fun fairy tale twist!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the cajun dialect in this. Very readable, and the characters aren't about to be tricked by a gator.
Tara Dryml
This story is just another version of Little Red Riding Hood. It is just the Southern version with Little Red being a duck/goose, and the big bad wolf being an alligator.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dat gator swim fast,
an 'den quick as dem mouse,
he up on de porch of
Grand-mere's ol' house.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story is a cute twist on Little Red Riding hood, but the dialect is way too difficult for kids. If children are learning to read, this will totally throw them off, and even if it's being read to them, I doubt they will understand what's being said. At the picture book stage, kids really need standard English. A bit of dialect here and there is fine, but this is too much.
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Mike Artell is a multi-award-winning author, illustrator, musician and professional speaker.

Mike has hosted his own television show and has created cartoons for many national publications and greeting card companies. Mike’s first children’s books were published in 1990 and since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than 40 books. Many of Mike’s books have won awards. Most recently, his bo