CLOAKED IN RED by Vivian Vande Velde

CLOAKED IN RED

Age Range: 9 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

The opening salvo is an author’s note in which veteran writer Vande Velde neatly deconstructs and skewers the original Little Red Riding Hood story--and then proceeds to write eight variations on it. Each begins with tongue stuffed in cheek: “Once upon a time, after fashion was discovered but before people had makeovers on TV”; “Once upon a time, before online dating services....” Other tales appear now and then, too, as in “The Little Red Headache,” told from the wolf’s point of view, in which he is haunted by a dream of three little pigs, or “Deems the Wood Gatherer,” whose neighbor’s house looks entirely like a baked treat. “Little Red Riding Hood’s Family” not only provides readers with a Granny who is a (were)wolf but also pokes pointedly at the whole glittery vampire thing. The red riding hood itself has a spell and a story of its own, the last told with a delicious connection to "a certain superhero" in a time not so very long ago. Lightweight but cozy and versatile, it's much funnier than the solemn cover lets on. (Fractured fairy tales. 9-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5793-0
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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