Megan Drees's Reviews > Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

Petite Rouge by Mike Artell
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Apr 04, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

Petite Rouge is a Cajun Version of Red Riding Hood. Petite Rouge is a little duckling off to visit her Grand-mere, but when crossing the lake she runs into a hungry alligator named Claude. The story follows the original story plot until Claude reveals himself and tries to eat Petite Rouge. Instead of actually eating her and being axed out by a lumberjack, Petite Rouge tricks the Alligator into believing he ate her but that she was as spicy as the hot sauce she slipped him. This causes him to steer clear of anybody crossing his path, afraid of feeling the spicy burn again. It is a very good version of the classic fairytale, and is very well done with a Cajun dialect. However, I would have a hard time reading this story aloud because it is very difficult to read and make understandable. The author does a great job of adapting the story and writing in the dialect, but for many readers it might make it too challenging and render it unreadable. If your looking for a twist on the original tale, that challenges your reading skills this is definitely the story for you.

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