The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood: A Novelty Book

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When Wolf writes to Red Riding Hood, begging her to teach him how to be good, she jumps at the chance to help. Her make over is amazingly successful, but can she deal with no longer being the most popular character in the Forest? This humorous peek at the famous fairy tale is packed with novelties to bring the story to life.

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Overview

When Wolf writes to Red Riding Hood, begging her to teach him how to be good, she jumps at the chance to help. Her make over is amazingly successful, but can she deal with no longer being the most popular character in the Forest? This humorous peek at the famous fairy tale is packed with novelties to bring the story to life.

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Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This quirky book is enhanced with movable features such as a pop-up, flaps, pull tabs, notes in envelopes, and small pieces of cloth, but the story seems to be designed more for pre-teens than young children. One needs to be familiar with the original story in order to be amused by this facetious makeover. The story opens with the wolf asking Little Red Riding Hood to help him become a nicer person. She agrees and her first instructions are "NO MORE MEAT." While he takes a bath, she looks over a cook book for some vegetarian recipes. She advises him to clean her house, drive her to and from school, help her mother with the cooking, and "be nice to Granny." Everyone begins to notice a change in Wolf. Word of his kindness even reaches the newspapers and he appears on television as a "famous good guy." This makes Red angry because she is supposed to be "the most popular person around here." She retaliates by feeding the wolf meat to bring out the beast in him. Then Little Red Riding Hood goes into the forest to take a basket of goodies to Granny, hinting at the beginning of the age old story, which is not told here. Not recommend as a first encounter with "Little Red Riding Hood." Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Kirkus Reviews
When Wolf decides he's "fed up with bein wicked all the time," he appeals to Red Riding Hood for help. Her reeducation program-which includes bathing regularly, helping with chores and a vegetarian diet (Chilli Con Carrots, anyone?)-is so successful, however, that Wolf surges to the top of the Forest popularity polls, much to her literally redfaced annoyance. Baruzzi and Natalini cram a lot into this modestly sized popup, deploying such metaliterary tricks as loose letters in envelopes and a newspaper alongside a fabric apron and a rattly school bus as interactive elements. In art, design and story, it comes across as something of an Italian, popup hommage to the classic The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, to which kids will find it an amiably twisted alternative, along with its companion popup, The True Story of Goldilocks (9780763644758). (Popup/picture book. 610)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644277
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 435,368
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Author-illustrators Agnese Baruzzi and Sandro Natalini met while studying in Urbino, Italy. They have gone on to illustrate a number of children’s books, working both individually and together.

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    This book has the greatest details and is so much fun to read. I have a son and he loves it....so boys or girls would enjoy!

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