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Cloaked in Red
Contributor(s): Vande Velde, Vivian (Author)

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ISBN: 1477816127     ISBN-13: 9781477816127
Publisher: Two Lions
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback
Published: January 2014

Annotation: Presents eight twists on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, exploring such issues as why most characters seem dim-witted and what, exactly, is the theme.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 12-18
Grade Level: 7-13
Lexile Measure: 920(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.39" H x 5.12" W x 7.01" (0.31 lbs) 127 pages
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
After a sassy introductory author s note (on Little Red's parents' choice of names: "We'll just call our youngest daughter after an article of clothing"), Vande Velde presents eight short-story retellings that riff on the well-known classic. The tales cleverly echo the original, with sharp allusions and interesting points of departure. It's an entertaining exercise. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 7–9—Vande Velde adds to her collection of twisted fairy tales with these eight versions of "Little Red Riding Hood." Following a tongue-in-cheek author's note in which the author analyzes the premise and characterization in the traditional tale, she asserts that "'Little Red Riding Hood' is a strange and disturbing story that should probably not be shared with children." Her new, often creepy personalities and situations are created around the classic narrative and dialogue patterns. One story brings in the woodcutter as a villainous kidnapper of little girls while another introduces Granny as a werewolf. Sarcasm and satire are also present in a couple of the stories with the Brothers Grimm featured as bumbling sons of the woodcutter while in another the red cloak itself is personified to foreshadow the appearance of a notorious red cape belonging to a certain superhero of the 20th century. Through it all, the Little Reds of Vande Velde's imagination prevail and outsmart each new challenge. Bizarrely comedic, this slender anthology will leave older readers with some "ha-ha" moments when reflecting on the absurdity of each new scenario and conclusion. A possible segue into creative-writing workshops and assignments or just another fun read.—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI

[Page 129]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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