Parents' Guide to

Green Riding Hood

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Unique, mixed take with poison, yoga, healthy foods, ads.

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It seems fitting that a revised fairytale for today would impart a moral of healthy living and eating to kids, but the ads for more content and some creepy moments make it less OK for little kids. With an overall positive message, Green Riding Hood definitely takes the tale to a more relatable place for a lot of young people. It's unfortunate, though, that the tone is so creepy. Although poisoning Grandma is technically not any worse than eating her, it does shift the act from something that would be natural and expected from a wolf to something sinister and pre-planned. And perhaps the violent TV programming he enjoys is meant to reflect his low character, but that seems likely to go over the heads of most kids. If the darkness doesn't give pause, there is a lot to like about the ebook. It has a lot of interactive spots, which is fun, though parents may want to encourage reading through once first so these bits don't distract from the story. The inclusion of recipes is a nice touch, but it would be great if there were some recipes that leaned to a more kid-friendly place, both in terms of ingredients and meal prep. Having kids combine ghee and Brie cheese on bread and then toast it in the oven before adding arugula and pear seems like a stretch for most families. The timed physical activities help drill home the healthy living moral of the story, but in terms of safety, kids will likely need a lot of adult guidance to do the moves correctly. Overall, Green Riding Hood is sort of quirky, but it certainly has lots of personality.

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