Ninja Red Riding Hood [NOOK Book]


Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills,...
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Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?

Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This action-packed fractured fairy tale is sure to excite young readers. Wolf is tired of getting beaten by his prey, so he sneaks into a martial-arts school to enhance his fighting skills. Feeling confident in his newfound abilities, he is eager to return to the hunt. He happens upon Little Red Riding Hood and thinks that he can trick her into becoming his next meal. What he doesn't bargain for, however, is that she has gone to ninja school, too. A sparring match ensues. A surprise visit from a tai chi master, though, gives Red the upper hand and puts Wolf on a new path of enlightenment. "The wolf was a mess./He'd had way too much stress./'I guess I'll give yoga a try.'" Children will gravatate to the rhyming text and exciting illustrations, created by Sumi brush work on rice paper. Speech bubbles and dialogue further enhance the story. The characters' facial expressions and body language will have kids laughing as Red and Wolf each try to best the other. A fun read-aloud, but also great for independent reading, this story piggybacks on Schwartz's Three Ninja Pigs (Putnam, 2012), in which the three little pigs share their ninja skills with their friends.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
Schwartz and Santat deliver a powerful karate chop of a picture book to fracture the familiar "Little Red Riding Hood" story.Hot on the heels of their successful Three Ninja Pigs (2012), this tale sees the hungry wolf enrolling in karate class to add some new skills to his predatory ways. Told in verse that adopts the lilting rhythm of a limerick, the humorous text pairs with digital art that bears the mark of Santat's animation background. The lupine antihero trains and then goes into the woods, where he encounters Little Red Riding Hood. In a familiar turn, he distracts her on her journey to Grandma's house with a flower-picking errand—but when he races off to the cottage ahead of her, he finds that Grandma is gone. Lo and behold, when the girl arrives, she does not need a woodcutter to save her because she has trained at ninja school, too. Grandma shows up fresh from practicing tai chi just in time to see Red subdue the wolf and then extract a promise that he will become a vegetarian and take up yoga. An unfortunate mishmash of Eastern religions and traditions emerges from this tale, but the absurdity of the story's twists and turns helps to mitigate this gaffe.As silly a trip to grandma's house as there ever was. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698158344
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/10/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 243,503
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

Corey Rosen Schwartz has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She lives in Warren, New Jersey.


Dan Santat is the creator of the Disney Channel’s animated hit The Replacements and also holds a black belt in Shotokan. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    A different kind of review this morning....I got inspired by thi

    A different kind of review this morning....I got inspired by this great rhyming book .....

    Poor Mr. Wolf's not having much fun,
    He can't catch his dinner
    His tactics are done.
    He needs to bone up
    Huff and puff just won't do
    He trains and grows stronger
    Builds confidence too.

    Finally he's ready to be put to the test.
    His stomach is growling
    He'll go do his best.
    He meets Little Red, they have an encounter
    She says she has treats
    For her dear, old Grandmother.

    The Wolf smacks his lips and comes up with a plan
    I know, he schemes, I'll pretend that I'm Gran.
    The Wolf borrows her clothes and with a sly grin
    He waits and he waits to let Little Red in.....
    A perfect disguise to trick Little Red
    Who finally comes knocking
    "Hello Gran," she said.

    One look tells Red that something is wrong,
    Gran's eyes are too big and her ears are too long.
    Her muscles are huge and her teeth way too scary
    That couldn't be be Gran, why her face is so hairy!
    The Wolf makes a jump to gobble up Red
    But what a surprise the Wolf gets instead!

    You see Little Red knows how to fight
    Her Ninja school training
    Gives Wolf quite a fright.
    Then in through the door
    Comes Gran in her gi,
    She looks quite disheveled
    From her class in tai chi.
    Red kicks and she chops,
    And she beats the Wolf good
    Gran is so proud of her Red Riding Hood.

    They persuade the old Wolf to give up his red meat
    And chuck it he does because of defeat.
    He decides then and there to give Yoga a shot
    Less tension and stress, thinks he'll like it a lot.
    But will he hang in there and man up to his word?
    Can Wolf change his ways or is it absurd?
    The book gives the answer, read it and see
    I'll not divulge it ... how mean of me!

    One thing I know without any doubt
    This book is a hit go ahead, check it out.
    The pictures are brilliant and done with a flare
    The colours are vibrant, shouting let's share!
    The text and the pictures fit like a glove
    You'll laugh and you'll cheer
    It's a story you'll love.  

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