Sunday, February 17, 2019

"Cloaked in Red" by Vivian Vande Velde

Someone recommended Vivian Vande Velde's fairy tale retellings to me not long ago, and I discovered my library had a few of them, so I got this one to try.

Oh, my Elvis.  This book made me laugh so hard!  It's actually a collection of eight different retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, and since I retold that myself as a western called Cloaked, I was really excited to read some very different variations on the story.  Some of these were exciting or thrilling, and some were just light and funny.  But all of them were great fun.

My favorites were:

"Little Red Riding Hood's Family" has a big surprise about Granny's identity.

"Granny and the Wolf" involves a comely young granny fending off an unwelcome suitor.

"Why Willy and His brother Won't Ever Amount to Anything" has two brothers who get fact and fiction confused fairly often.

Overall, this was a fast, delightful read, and I hope to find more of Vande Velde's books at the library, because I very much enjoyed this one.

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It:  PG for some nudge-nudge-wink-wink moments of very mild innuendo that would go over the heads of most innocents.  Also, some violence and tense situations with people in danger.


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    1. Olivia, it was a good time. I handed it off to my 11-yr-old, and he laughed a good deal over it too :-)

  2. I enjoyed The Rumpelstiltskin Problem so much I'm going to have to try this one!

    1. MC, I'll have to see if my library has that one! I've always been fond of the Rumpelstiltskin story.


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