Tuesday, December 3, 2013


By Vivian Vande Velde
Published by Marshall Cavendish
Copyright © 2010

Reviewed by Anthony Kendrick

Everyone is familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood. LRRH is traveling through the woods on her way to her Granny’s house to bring her a basket of food. When she gets there a wolf has dressed up like her Granny – “What big eyes, ears, and teeth you have”… “The better to eat you with!” “Ahhhh!” and then the woodsman comes around and saves LRRH (and sometimes Granny) from the wolf.

A child doesn’t really think much about this story, but as a young adult/adult you may begin to ask logical questions about this story (if you have a lot of time on your hands) like: why does she wear a red cloak? What is her real name? Why did her mother send her unattended through a dangerous wooded area? Why is she sending her to her sick grandmother so she can get sick too?

Vivian Vande Velde has obviously thought about this story a lot, and she provides us with 8 short stories in answer to her own questions. Some of these stories are exciting, some whimsical, some magical, and some humorous. And while I found some stories more enjoyable than others, they were all indeed very imaginative stories sure to keep your attention and make you wonder about other fairy tales.

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