Ninja Red Riding Hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood

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by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Dan Santat
     
 

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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

Overview

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!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Schwartz and Santat deliver a powerful karate chop of a picture book. . . As silly a trip to grandma’s house as there ever was.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This action-packed fractured fairy tale is sure to excite young readers. . . .  Children will gravitate to the rhyming text and exciting illustrations. . . . A fun read-aloud, but also great for independent reading.” —School Library Journal
“Schwartz’s comic verse scans beautifully, tripping through the (bamboo) forest to grandma’s house with vigor and attitude. Santat’s artwork . . . divides the action into diagonal panels, maximizing the roundhouse impact.” —Booklist
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
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
2014-04-30
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698158344
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/10/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
736,672
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
File size:
32 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Schwartz and Santat deliver a powerful karate chop of a picture book. . . As silly a trip to grandma’s house as there ever was.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This action-packed fractured fairy tale is sure to excite young readers. . . .  Children will gravitate to the rhyming text and exciting illustrations. . . . A fun read-aloud, but also great for independent reading.” —School Library Journal
“Schwartz’s comic verse scans beautifully, tripping through the (bamboo) forest to grandma’s house with vigor and attitude. Santat’s artwork . . . divides the action into diagonal panels, maximizing the roundhouse impact.” —Booklist
 

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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Ninja Red Riding Hood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
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.