Red: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
Overall
4.2 Llamas

Review

Ok, this book is FULL of magic. I’m gonna warn ya’ now there is mention of witches, spells, magical creatures who might do harm, mean-biting pixies, and a very cute wolf! (I LOVE wolves…)

The story is about Red, (aka Little Red Riding Hood) trying to find a cure for her grandmother who is ill. Her grandmother is also a witch and so is Red… weird… They both do magic and spells. Nothing creepy or ‘voo-doo’ like, just growing roses out of your nose and such.

There is also a LOT of magical creatures in the books. And other magical stuff that is a little bit weird… A magical well that has this special wine in it that makes you younger (and takes your memories) a huntsman that uses animals…hearts… to stay alive… (creepy!) and they also talk about how no one lives forever a lot. They kept saying in the book, everyone dies at some point, enjoy the time you have now… “Sniff!” I did cry a little when they said that.

Over all, I liked the book but the magic was weird. I wasn’t like really creeped out about it, but I was like, “Ooook… that’s weird!” So I would ask your parents about this book before reading it. Love ya all!!!! -The Young Llama Reader.

Pros

  • Kid-friendly adventure!
  • Very funny

Cons

  • Lots of magic and witches
  • Some violence

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. . . .

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