Book Review: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Book Review: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

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Book Review: Red: The True Story of Red Riding HoodRed: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on April 12th 2016
Pages: 288
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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.

Review

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood is another excellent retelling by Liesl Shurtliff. We meet her a little in Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin but it’s great to see her in her own tale. Red is visiting her grandmother and recounts the times that she has messed up magic, almost killing her grandmother in one incident. Instead of trying again, she tends to avoid doing magic. When she finds out her grandmother is ill and may be on the verge of her deathbed, she heads out to gather ingredients for a cure-all spell.

Instead of completing the spell, she gets distracted when she finds a dwarf and he tells her of three ways to cure her grandmother from ever dying. Since Red holds her grandmother so close, she embarks on a journey to find a cure. She picks up a friend in the somewhat annoying Goldilocks, which is where the story turns more into a growing friendship story, dealing with each others faults and strengths in stride. They both have their moments and I loved the sprinkling of Goldilock’s story ingrained into details of the story.

Their journey takes them to find the tale of Beauty and the Beast as well, which I loved seeing the spin on that tale as well. I especially loved the personality that Shurtliff gives to the dwarf that causes quite a bit of trouble for the girls.

Overally, I really enjoyed Red and all of her adventures to help save her grandmother. I love the way the author mixes the tales in each book and does a great job with all the characters.

 

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About the Author: Liesl Shurtliff

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Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!

Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.

 

 

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