Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!
I was certain this book had been reviewed already for PPBF, but when I went to find the link (so I could add it to the prize mention on the Halloweensie Contest) I couldn’t find it anywhere! Is it possible that since it came out in July while we were on hiatus it never got reviewed? Or did I just not see it? Who knows?! But it’s too good to miss, so enjoy! (And if someone already did it, you’d better give me the link! :))
Title: Ninja Red Riding Hood
Written By: Corey Rosen Schwartz
Illustrated By: Dan Santat
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July 2014, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: fractured fairy tale, humor, girl power, language fun (rhyme)
Opening: “Once upon a Ninja-filled time,
a wolf couldn’t catch any prey.
He kept getting licked
by the dinner he picked
and was growing more ticked by the day.“
Brief Synopsis: The big bad wolf, having taken a licking from the three nina pigs, decides to attend martial arts school and then see if he can snack on Little Red Riding Hood. But Red turns out to be way more than he bargained for!
Links To Resources: Teacher Guide/Activity Pages; compare this version of RED with the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Writing, and any other versions you like (this page lists quite a few!) – how are the stories alike? How are they different?
Why I Like This Book: For starters, I love fractured fairy tales, and this is such a clever one! The rhythm of the rhyme is terrific, and just begs to be read aloud. The story, complemented perfectly by the illustrations, is tons of fun. I love that Red has a few tricks up her sleeve and is well able to take care of herself – a great message for girls. Gran has a few surprises too. And the poor old wolf… you just have to feel a little sorry for him 🙂
Hopefully, here’s the trailer (although my internet is currently being extremely uncooperative and refusing to show any videos, so we’ll just have to see if this works or not!)
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I hope you’re all thinking about and/or writing your Halloweensie stories! Personally, I am still in the thinking about stage 🙂