Parents' Guide to

Red Riding Hood

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent, romantic fairy tale retelling is based on movie.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

trashy romance novel aimed at teens

i didn't like the love scene when peter take off the girl's shirt and she gives in to him. not the kind of book i want my daughter reading. it is accelerated reading book level 5th grade but content level is much older. i do not recommend.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+

back to reality after fairytale

absolutely amazing!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (9):

This is not great literature, but there are enough fun twists to keep readers engaged as they hunt the true werewolf stalking Daggorhorn -- and Valerie. This book is based on the same screenplay that inspired the 2011 movie, and it's full of cinematic images. Readers will be able to easily picture Valerie and her friend running from the wolf in the dye maker's alley, "their feet throwing up a spray of petals in their wake," or when during a snow storm, red-cloaked Valerie and her would-be lover Peter "gave in to each other, finally... Enveloped in a shelter of white, standing out in black and red, were just the two of them."

While the book relies on some stock characters -- including saintly Henry, who loves Valerie, and Peter, her dark soul-mate -- it does find clever ways to stay true to the original fairy tale (When Valerie comes face to face with the wolf, she is entranced: "'' she said faintly"). Some readers may find the open ending frustrating, but those who want a more certain conclusion can read a more conclusive final chapter online.

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