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Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale

Press: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (September 1998)
Author Name:Blevins, Wade


When Little Red Riding Hood sets off to deliver muffins to her grandmother, you can bet that a big bad wolf isn't far behind! Set on the midwestern prairie, this is a Little Red Riding Hood that will captivate youngsters with its feisty heroines and bold humor. 
Especially to be relished is the way the story line plays against the classic tale's plot, with laugh-provoking lines that show true wit.
As the dastardly wolf chuckles, appreciating his own schemes, the text soars, suspense builds, and vibrant pictures bring out all of the fun.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?The subtitle tells readers that this is not the traditional "Little Red Riding Hood." Here, our heroine wears a hooded red jacket while bike riding. 
Knowing Grandma "gets crabby in the heat," she decides to take her muffins and lemonade.
Along the way, she meets the wolf, who, of course, decides to race Little Red to Grandma's house.
Instead of the expected frail, bedridden old woman, he finds a feisty, muffin-baking, tractor-driving grandmother who puts that big bad wolf in his place.
Once reformed, he becomes Grandma's baking assistant.
(The muffin recipe is included.) Little Red learns her lesson about talking to strangers.
Readers will delight in the comical tale and unpredictable plot twists.
Ernst's now familiar large colorful line-and-wash paintings featuring cartoon characters are a perfect complement to the playful story.
The spirited illustrations and rollicking narrative make this an ideal read-aloud choice.?Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WICopyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Ages 5^-8. 
Yet another fractured fairy tale, but one that feels fresh in Ernst's capable hands.
This Red Riding Hood is a little kid on the prairie, who wears a hooded sweatshirt as she pedals along to Grandma's.
When the wolf appears, it's not Grandma he wants but her secret recipe for muffins.
But Grandma, out in the field on her tractor, is way smarter than the wolf.
She spots him, shakes him, and eventually puts him to work in her muffin shop.
It turns out that she's the original Red Riding Hood and used to dealing with big baddies.
Ernst cleverly carries out her concept down to the muffin recipe on the endpapers.
As always in her books, one of the big attractions is the art, oversize (great for story hours) and gloriously goofy.
This would work well with primary-graders, who will relish the send-up.
Ilene Cooper

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School Library Journal An ideal read-aloud choice.

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About the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst has written and illustrated many popular children's books, including The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book; Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show; Goldilocks Returns, her own version of "Little Red Riding Hood"; and Stella Louella's Runaway Book. 
She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Lee, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Allison.

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     This is a modern Little Red Riding hood. The little girl wears a red hoodie and rides a bike. It is fun to see who she encounters on the way to Grandmother's house.

  •     I looked high and low for unconventional wolf tales for my wolf enthusiast niece who'se 4. This story line fit the bill with the spin on it being a boy and having a happy ending.

  •     Cute book that has a wonderful twist to the original story. Great read aloud to teach spin-offs to any age group.

  •     Children absolutely love twists on the old fairy tales, and there are now many versions that provide new perspectives, and teaching moments to these classics.

  •     I'm glad I read this book before my kids. Little Red Riding Hood takes lemonade and muffins to grandma because she gets crabby in the heat.

  •     The wolf was "looking for the frail, loony, muffin-baking granny" ... and was grabbed by his suspenders by this tractor-driving granny.

  •     Very funny retelling in the farmland The wolf tries to steal gramma's muffin recipe, but doesn't know who he is messing with!

  •     great book

  •     This book is very cute and a little different than the traditional story. I would recommend for kids. Illustrations were good and colorful.

  •     This book was read to me as a child and I still love it! I bought this for my niece because she's 3 and loves books. The artwork is beautiful and the story is a smart, witty, and positive take on a classic. Little Red and her grandma are given the power in this book which I love!

  •     My students love this book! It's great for supporting the Fairy Tale unit in the Units of Study for Teaching Writing

  •     Very cute. Nice twist to a classic story

  •     This is a new, fun & female empowering rendition of the older, scary Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The ending is happy for all concerned, including the not so 'big, bad wolf'.


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