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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtlif

PaxRose Red is the granddaughter of the Witch of the Woods.  You might know Rose Red better as Little Red Riding Hood and the Witch of the Woods as Granny.  Well as you can tell by Granny's title, she knows a little magic and Red as some magic in her as well, only her magic tends to backfire on her.  After she almost kills her grandmother using magic, Red vows never to do magic again.

 Red's mother sends her to visit Granny while they go out of town for a few days.  When she gets there, Granny is ill and doesn't have the strength to cure herself.  So Red decides she is going to find all the ingredients for a recipe to make Granny well again.  She just needs to go find some pixies and wolves.  So Red ventures out into the Woods on her voyage to get the recipe ingredients.  What she didn't expect was Goldie.  That's right folks, thee Goldilocks of The Three Bears fame.  And let me tell you that Goldy is very annoying - always babbling about something.  Red is not a fan.  However, their relationship changes as they encounter one dangerous situation after another.  Will Red be forced to use her magic to save Granny?  Will Goldy ever become less annoying?

I have read Liesl Shurtliff's other titles, Rump and Jack, but I think this is my new favorite (and I really liked Rump!).  Liesl Shurtliff does a fantastic job of weaving other fairy tale characters into her stories and this one I felt was loaded with them.  I was totally tricked by the Huntsman and have a whole other perspective of wolves from this story. The themes of friendship and destiny were woven throughout the story and I thought were very heartfelt, especially at the end.  Don't forget to read the Author's Note at the end of the story.  It made me smile and had a nice message about the importance of family.  I can't wait to see which fairy tale she takes on next!

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