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So you think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species? Well, then, try your hand at answering these questions: Which character (not including Little Red herself) is the most fashion challenged? Who (not including the wolf) is the scariest? Who (not including Granny) is the most easily scared? Who is the strangest? (Notice we’re not “not including” anyone, because they’re all a little off.) Who (no fair saying “the author”) has stuffing for brains? Vivian Vande Velde has taken eight new looks at one of the world’s most beloved (and mixed-up) stories. You may never look at fairy tales in quite the same way again.
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Vivian Vande Velde started writing to avoid housework and has authored more than twenty books. She and her husband, Jim, the parents of one grown daughter, live in Rochester, New York.From School Library Journal:
Gr 7-9–Vande Velde adds to her collection of twisted fairy tales with these eight versions of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Following a tongue-in-cheek author's note in which the author analyzes the premise and characterization in the traditional tale, she asserts that “‘Little Red Riding Hood' is a strange and disturbing story that should probably not be shared with children.” Her new, often creepy personalities and situations are created around the classic narrative and dialogue patterns. One story brings in the woodcutter as a villainous kidnapper of little girls while another introduces Granny as a werewolf. Sarcasm and satire are also present in a couple of the stories with the Brothers Grimm featured as bumbling sons of the woodcutter while in another the red cloak itself is personified to foreshadow the appearance of a notorious red cape belonging to a certain superhero of the 20th century. Through it all, the Little Reds of Vande Velde's imagination prevail and outsmart each new challenge. Bizarrely comedic, this slender anthology will leave older readers with some “ha-ha” moments when reflecting on the absurdity of each new scenario and conclusion. A possible segue into creative-writing workshops and assignments or just another fun read.–Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Brilliance Audio, 2012. CMD. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.50x6.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1469215101
Book Description Brilliance Audio, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1469215101