Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 Stars
Can’t get enough of the new fairy-tale-retelling trend? Don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s new dark, humorous stand-alone middle grade novel RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD (on sale April 12, 2016)!
Liesl Shurtliff spins a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on one of the most beloved characters from her award-winning debut, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This isn’t the Little Red Riding Hood from the canonical children’s tale. Shurtliff’s Red is strong, independent, brazen, and 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 weakness. Readers will gobble up this bewitching fantasy as they join Red on her journey of discovery through the sinister dangers of the enchanted dark forest.
Liesl Shurtliff’s first book, Rump, won over kids and critics alike, earning an IRA Award, a Texas Bluebonnet nomination, a Whitney nomination, and a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.”
In RED, Liesl Shurtliff is at her best. New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein raves that “Liesl Shurtliff has truly out-magicked herself. Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all.” RED will capture the hearts of readers who like it Grimm, as well as followers of ABC’s TV show Once Upon a Time.
Oh, reader, what big teeth you have! The better to devour RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD.
I love anything that has to do with fairy tales. Whether it be a retelling, the original, a movie; it doesn't matter, I simply adore them. With Red, it was no different. In fact, I thought that the take on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, was brilliant. In this version, Red's grandma gets sick, which is when Red goes through the woods to look for the right ingredients to help make her better. Along the way, she meets the infamous wolf we all love so much. But wait, we also get to see other fairy tale characters and it's just so much fun!
I can't tell you how much Red has been such a pleasure to read about. I let my niece read the book after me, and the look of pure joy on her face as she read, was astounding. Red is the kind of character that you flock to just because she's spunky, fun, and an all around great character. We are taken on a fun adventure filled with quirky characters and action. Action that will keep, you, as the reader, on your toes.
I think readers of all ages will enjoy this cute story simply for the fact that it's a different take on a classic tale. Plus it's one that you'll most likely still be thinking about long after you've finished the pages. I haven't read the authors other books, Rump and Jack, but I plan to because if they're anything like Red, I know for a fact I will enjoy them. Fairy tale fans, you don't want to miss out!
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RED: THE TRUE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Pre-Pub Blog Tour Schedule
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