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Super Red Riding Hood
     

Super Red Riding Hood

by Claudia Davila
 

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Here's a picture book with a humorous new twist on what happens when red riding hood meets the hungry wolf in the woods. In this telling, our heroine Ruby loves red berries, her red boots and especially the red cloak her grandma made for her. ?When Ruby puts on her red cloak, she becomes ... SUPER RED RIDING HOOD!? Sent by her mother to collect some raspberries from

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Here's a picture book with a humorous new twist on what happens when red riding hood meets the hungry wolf in the woods. In this telling, our heroine Ruby loves red berries, her red boots and especially the red cloak her grandma made for her. ?When Ruby puts on her red cloak, she becomes ... SUPER RED RIDING HOOD!? Sent by her mother to collect some raspberries from the clearing in the woods, Ruby reminds herself that she isn't frightened by the chill from the darkness, the loud tapping of the woodpecker or the snapping of a twig underfoot, because ?SUPER RED RIDING HOOD is never scared!? But the final test comes when she encounters a towering wolf with a growling tummy. It will take all of Ruby's superhero skills to get him to leave her alone!

Author-illustrator Claudia Dávila has crafted an upbeat, modern-day fairy tale sure to delight the pre-reader set. The emotions of the little girl in the red cloak and red boots are the centerpiece of every colorful drawing, and some pages feature more than one scene to speed up the visual action. This is a great read-aloud story full of drama, with a positive message about not judging others too quickly, as well as character education lessons on being generous, brave, compassionate and respectful. It also offers an empowering example to both girls and boys of a strong character standing up for herself against a bully.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
K-Gr 2—A feisty, red-caped, would-be superhero named Ruby stars in this adaptation of the "Red Riding Hood" story. In addition to loving all things red, Ruby goes out of her way to help anyone or thing that needs her aid. Her mom suggests that the rambunctious superhero do some raspberry picking in the woods. With her snack box full of berries, who should she run into? Yep. A wolf. After a brief scramble and stand-off, Ruby discovers that the wolf is simply hungry and, like a good superhero, she shares her raspberries. Whether children are familiar with the folktale or not, they will be delighted by the strong heroine who stands up for herself. The full-color artwork, rendered in Photoshop, has a touch of 1950s retro style about it and is full of action and multiple perspectives. The longer text suggests it may be most useful for one-on-one sharing or independent reading by older children. Early elementary children will be brave enough to experience the adventure on their own and savvy enough to appreciate Ruby's courage and compassion.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-10
Ruby is an imaginative young girl who is always prepared to save the day with the addition of her red cloak.When her mom sends her on a mission to pick some raspberries for her snack (and get some much-needed time in the outdoors), she goes prepared with her flashlight and the cape that transforms her into Super Red Riding Hood (good thing, too, as a small snail needs rescuing). Before Ruby even gets to the woods, she starts singing, “Who’s afraid of the deep dark woods?” Her flashlight helps her overcome her fears of those dark woods when she spotlights various noisemakers, including an owl and a woodpecker. But after she fills her lunchbox with berries, a real threat looms (literally) in the form of a slavering, yellow-toothed, huge-clawed wolf that backs Ruby against a tree. He lunges, and Super Red Riding Hood uses all her skills, leaping, darting and climbing, to avoid him. By asserting herself, Ruby forces the wolf to back down, and it turns out—surprise—that he was just hungry after all; in a wildly contrived ending, they happily share her raspberries. In the rather unpolished, animation-influenced illustrations, the friendly wolf is only slightly less scary-looking than the ferocious one—savvy kids will wonder how those carnivore teeth manage the berries.This adds nothing to the myriad “Little Red Riding Hood” adaptations already on the shelves. (Fairy tale. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781771380201
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
602,415
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

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