I received this book for free from Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on April 12th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Retellings
Source: Random House Children's Books
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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"
Hello everyone!! I am honored to be participating in this huge blog tour for Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood. I adore fairy tales and I love retellings, so naturally I had to take part. This tour has been running for about a month and there is plenty more to come. You can refer to the tour schedule that will be at the end of this post. Don’t forget to check out the other stops for really great guest posts and fun things! For my post I am doing a review of this book.
This book was all sorts of fun. The characters were fantastic and the storyline was great. There was a bit of mystery to it as well as magic (of course), friendships, and adventure. This is Red Riding Hood like you have never read before and it was a delight to read. It had a lot of charm and heart and it’s a great read for both younger kids and adults.
Red is quite an interesting character. We learn a bit about her childhood before stepping into an adventure of a lifetime. Her grandmother is amazing at magic. She creates life and does such awesome things. She wishes that she could be as great as her. The only thing is, Red is scared of her magic and won’t use it. After almost killing her grandmother when she was younger (among other mishaps with her magic) she fears the ways that her magic can go wrong. When her grandmother gets sick she goes on a mission to try to find a way to help her. Along the way she faces many truths, makes some friends, and has to learn to not fear her own magic or that her grandmother may not always be around. She grows so much as a character and I loved watching her transformation.
Along the way she learns that the magical things that she is looking for to save her grandmother are not what they seem. Of course all of these powerful magic solutions come with a price, but is the price worth it to save someone that she loves? Not only are the magical items not what they seem, but either is anything else. Things she thinks to be true are not. Things she feared are the things that are the least likely to harm her, and the most unsuspecting people or things are what are the read dangers.
If you are looking for a great story of Red Riding Hood, this is the one. This book is rich with detail and an intriguing story that will keep you reading until the end. The friendships built and really finding herself were wonderful. Imaging all the places she goes and the creatures that she meets was so fun. This is a book that I will be reading with my daughter for sure. Being that it is a middle grade book, it is very clean and appropriate so it makes a great family book. It would be a great gift for anyone, including yourself. If this is your type of book, you should definitely read it. Even if it’s not your type of book you should because who doesn’t like fairy tales? Especially those with a fun twist.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour. The full tour schedule is below. Happy Reading!
RED: THE TRUE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Pre-Pub Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February, 1: Bookiemoji, Author Guest Post
Tuesday, February, 2: Seeing Double In Neverland, Review
Wednesday, February, 3: MundieMoms/Kids, Review
Thursday, February, 4: BookHounds, Author Interview
Friday, February, 5: The Lovely Books, Review
Saturday, February, 6: I’m Shelf-ish, Guest Post
Sunday, February, 7: Kid Lit Frenzy, Review
Monday, February, 8: Mel’s Shelves, Review
Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight, Author Random Facts
Wednesday, February, 10: SciFiChick.com, Review
Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast, Review
Friday, February, 12: Bittersweet Enchantment, Review
Saturday, February, 13: WinterHaven Books, Review except 18
Sunday, February, 14: The Cover Contessa, Review
Monday, February, 15: Pandora’s Books, Review
Tuesday, February, 16: On Starships and Dragonwings, Review
Wednesday, February, 17: As They Grow Up, Review
Thursday, February, 18: Owl Always Be Reading, Review
Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review
Saturday, February, 20: The Children’s Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie
Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast
Monday, February, 22: Katie’s Clean Book Collection, Review
Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review
Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post
Thursday, February, 25: Confessions of a Readaholic, Review
Friday, February, 26: Bookish Antics, Review
Saturday, February, 27: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, Review
Sunday, February, 28: Valerie’s Reviews, Review
Monday, February, 29: Lili’s Reflections, Review
Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review
Wednesday, March 2: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review
Friday, March 4: The Book Monsters, Review
Saturday, March 5: Twinning for Books, Review
Sunday, March 6: Curling Up With A Good Book, Review
Monday, March 7: The Compulsive Reader, Review
Tuesday, March 8: The Reading Nook Reviews, Review
Wednesday, March 9: Resch Reads and Reviews, Review
Thursday, March 10: Beauty and the Bookshelf, Review
Friday, March 11: Xpresso Reads, Review
Saturday, March 12: Diamond’s Reads, Review
Sunday, March 13: Blissful Book Reviews, Review
Monday, March 14: Vi3tbabe, Review
Tuesday, March 15: The Book Cellar, Review
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This sounds so cool! I love books based on fairy tales!! Great post xx
I’d love to read this one! Sounds like a fabulous adventure to charm me.
I love when they put a twist to a well known fairytail. I would love to read this book it sounds interesting and it could be a common thing to read with my nieces.
I love fairy tales too Would really like to read the real story of Red Riding Hood. Great blog setup and giveaway.