Book Review: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

Book Review: Red Riding Hood Gets LostRed Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Grimmtastic Girls #2
Published by Scholastic Inc. on March 25th 2014
Pages: 176
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Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!

thoughtRed Riding Hood Gets Lost is the second book in the Grimmtastic Girls series. Red Riding Hood has to face her stage fright if she wants to land the lead role in the upcoming play. Wolfgang is a boy Red has grown up knowing, but has a knack for calling her synonyms instead of her real name and her friends suspect he may be apart of E.V.I.L. after a couple encounters where he seems to be trying to steal her newly found charm – a wicker picnic basket.

I love the way that these play on the fairy tales, while giving the series its own life. I love the feel of the school they attend, which reminds me of a Harry Potter type school, only with its own quirks and fairy tale themes. I especially love the scenes in the library, which can be as small or as large as you need it to be. Each book seems to have it’s own focus, getting the different characters through a personal struggle. At the same time, there is an arcing plot when trying to find out what E.V.I.L. is after and how to protect their school and friends against it.

I also love seeing more than just the usual fairy tale characters. Jack and Jill play a bit of a role in this book and Peter Piper’s name comes up as well. This story is more about fairy tales and defeating evil, it’s about friendship and learning more about your strengths and weaknesses.

Verdict:

A series that fans of fairy tales will enjoy and great for younger readers.

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