Book Review: Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Genre: Fairy Tales
Released: April 12th 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


"Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump.

It seems like I've been missing out. This author is fantastic with re-telling! Red is fast-paced, full of adventures, lovable characters and just plain amazing re-tell! While reading, I had to stop and start this story over to share it with my niece. She also enjoyed the story. This is easily one story one can read to the entire family.

Red is a character with strong personalities.  She is curious, adventurous and willing to face her fears. She is not perfect but her flaws is what makes her perfect. throughout her journey, Red was able to face her many fears and discover her magic. Along with her friends, she will do the impossible to save her grandmother, whom is a great role model for these young readers.

I really enjoyed this story. It's full of twists and turns, in which I did not see coming. The message of this story is meaningful and I was glad to read this to my nine years old niece. She was able to detect that with a little bit of courage is able to go as far one sets their mind to.

I would recommend this book to everyone, young and old, parents and aunties, like myself. I will be picking up her previous books and continue reading to my niece.

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