Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood, by Liesl Shurtliff
2016, 288p, Middle-grade Fairy Tale Retelling
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review
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.
Red's parents are leaving her with her granny for a week or two while they go sell logs in The Valley, The Queen's City, Yonder, and Beyond. She's thrilled about this! However, granny is sick and is all out of her Curious Cure-All so Red sets out to collect the necessary ingredients to make more. That's easier said than done, though, as some of them will be difficult to obtain. She quickly comes across Goldie who decides to tag along, much to Red's dismay. Together they set out on an adventure that takes them to unique locations and they make some interesting friends and enemies along the way.
Red is smart, funny and determined. I enjoyed the interactions she had with Goldie and how their friendship developed throughout the course of the book. The story moved along at a good pace and I kept looking forward to what was coming next. We met characters from other stories and they blended in well with Red's story. This was fun to read from beginning to end and I loved it!
I'm planning to read this one with my children since she learned some life lessons along the way that will start some great discussions. I haven't yet read the author's first two books in this series, Rump and Jack, but felt that this stood well on its own. I look forward to reading both of those and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
Available April 12, 2016
Liesl lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, three kids, and a cat named Felix. She loves paradoxes, puns, and pink pigs. Not really the pink pigs. She just really likes alliteration.
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