|Little Red Gliding Hood|
Author: Lazar, Tara
Little Red is an excellent ice skater, but she will need a good partner for the skating pairs competition and the only one available is a certain Wolf, who needs new skates as badly as Little Red does.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 183168
School Library Journal (00/09/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 K-Gr 3—With a swizzle and a twizzle, Little Red Gliding Hood skates across the title page as she heads down the river of a wintery wonderland. Along the way, she notices a banner for a skating competition with golden skates offered as the prize. Her rundown pair needs to be replaced, but there's a problem—she needs a partner. In this funny fairy tale and nursery rhyme mash-up, characters from their respective stories team up to compete, but what about Red? Turns out the Big Bad Wolf is not so bad, and he needs some new skates, too. Many other tales also make cameos, and it's fun to try and name those that the text does not mention. The text, which strings together revised versions of well-known lines ("All the king's horses and all the king's men put the competition together again"), is the centerpiece. Everything is united by a cartoon style with magical colors—think Candy Land in winter. Even with all the changes, the story still follows the general drift of the original: little girl goes to her grandma's house, wolf appears, and a woodsman tries to save the day. Only one aspect differs significantly…the wolf is on the winning side. VERDICT A wonderful winter-themed fractured fairy tale with so many clever details that kids will want to read again and again.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2015 *Starred Review* Oh, slippery slush! Little Red Riding Hood has been delightfully mashed up with ice-skating (you read that right) in this frosty version featuring a refreshingly diverse cast of familiar characters. Little Red Gliding Hood, so named for her superb skating skills, wants to enter the pairs competition to win much-needed new skates. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a partner. The Gingerbread Man is sweet but too fast, while Goldilocks has already claimed Baby Bear. Grandma suggests asking the Three Little Pigs, but while there, Red encounters the Big Bad Wolf. As Red skates off, the wolf follows, and it turns out he is not bad on the ice—in fact, he is pretty darn good! They make quite the pair, as well as a bit of a ruckus when the wolf scares off most of the enchanted forest folk. Once all the king’s horses and all the king’s men have put everything back together again, no one will be surprised at who wins the competition. The reliably fun concept of odd-couple ice-skaters is perfectly meshed into a clever narrative enhanced by candy-colored artwork ripe with inside jokes. This one begs to be read both over the river and through the woods. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.