Published by: Knopf BYR on April 12, 2016
Genres: Children's Books, Fantasy & Magic, Retellings
Source: The Publisher
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"Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.
With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).
From the Hardcover edition.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A different and entertaining take on Little Red Riding Hood.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I do love a retelling that’s entertaining and different than what you’re used to. Shurtliff defies much of what you’d expect from Red’s tale and turned it into a funny and thought-provoking story for young readers. Take what you thought you knew about Red and the big bad Wolf, add a bit of a magic to her Grandma as well, and you’ve got only a tip of this interesting tale. Red’s story not only includes her Granny and the Wolf, it also includes other well-known fairy-tale characters such as Goldilocks, the Huntsman (from Snow White), and the Beast. You also see creatures such as nymphs, dwarfs, sprites, and more. The author’s spin was twisty with a touch of dark, and there’s a ton of magic involved.
Red goes on an adventure to save her grandma, who is really sick, and through this, learns to face her fears of magic and discovers just how strong and strong-willed she is. I liked the sense of empowerment the story gives the reader, telling them that looking for the easy way out, through magic and stuff, isn’t the best thing, and that you’ve got to look inside yourself to find the true magic. I’m definitely curious about the other books in this series and if they’re anything like this one, I’m sure I’ll have fun reading it.