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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Strong heroine leads the adventure in fairy tale revamp.

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Liesl Shurtliff’s third fractured fairy tale keeps up the humor and charm while taking a more mysterious, slightly darker turn from the silliness of Rump or the action of Jack. Red’s journey involves coming to terms with the idea that everyone dies eventually, so be prepared to talk, especially with little kids, about your own family’s experiences, how to make the most of the time we have with our loved ones, and how those we’ve lost stay with us.

Kids will find a lot to admire and relate to in Red, a smart, strong girl who learns not to let fear get in her way. Despite the darker themes, there are still plenty of laughs, excitement, and adventure to be had. It'll encourage kids to think about how fear gets in the way and what we can learn when we hear the other side of the story.

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