Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Book Review: Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf by Trisha Speed Shaskan

Title: Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf
Author: Trisha Speed Shaskan
Release Date: 28 July 2011
Length: picture book - 24 pages
Publisher: Coughlan Publishing
Source: review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!

Goodreads appetizer: Of course you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you...

Guest review by Blodeuedd

My Thoughts: Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten is written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Gerald Guerlais. It is a picture book for children and it is the first one I have ever reviewed. It is sweet (well in a way), most pages have one big picture in it and little text and it is short. It is a picture book after all.

I do love picture books and I have read quite a few lately when temping at a kindergarten. I am sure they would have liked this fun story. I am not sure about ages, not too young since the wolf does eat Red and her granny so the kids have to see the humor in it. But it is also very short so too short for older kids. And I am sure adults would have fun reading it too. I sure did.

This is the story told by the big bad wolf who loves food, and then I mean food like apples. But then one day there is no food in his cupboards anymore and he is hungry. He sees a girl all dress in red, like one big apple. She looks good enough to eat, she and her grandmother that he hears about. Too bad the girl is full of herself. Her grandmother is all dressed in green, like a yummy green apple, and she is also very full of herself. And yes he eats them, but then that does not matter because I am all on Wolf’s side. He is funny and hungry.

Grandmother’s house was fun to see. There were portraits of her everywhere. That is one shallow family. I do think they had it coming for them.

At the end there are also some things to think about. Like how the story changed when it was told from his point of view, and there is a glossary too. And how you can read and learn more, and internet sites to check out. All good things for the kids.

Verdict: A good and fun story for everyone to like and the illustrations are really adorable. Rating, how does one rate a book like this one? Ok the pictures were cute! So that gets a 4 and because of the overall story is stays a 4. Very amusing and adorable.

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Blodeuedd often has her head in the clouds and dreams about castles, princes and magic swords. At the moment she is studying to become a librarian so that she can bury her nose in books all day long. She lives in a tiny house and likes to find swamps in the woods, but once she did walk over a frog by mistake and she hopes it was not a prince in disguise. Her favorite fairy tale is not the original fairytales but more mythology tales of heartache and war. But she does have a soft spot for East of the Sun, West of the Moon about an enchanted Bear and the girl he finds. She would not mind if her own prince Charming inherited a little kingdom and one big ass castle for her to live in. Perhaps when the world ends she will nudge him to conquer an island and build her one from scratch.

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