Super Red Riding Hood
There are many Little Red Riding Hood variants published. In this version, a contemporary girl believes she has superpowers when she dons the red cape her grandmother made for her. Her mom asks her to gather berries in the nearby forest, and there she encounters a hungry wolf.
Super Red Riding Hood has over 900 words, nearly twice the typical word count of picture books. But kids won’t mind if they’re enjoying the story. Some young readers may wonder how Little Red is able to effortlessly convert the hungry wolf from a pursuing predator to a docile snacking buddy. As a parent, I think books teach a better lesson when protagonists earn their victories.
I liked the subtle artwork on the end papers, and the fun sound effects within the illustrations. We are treated to several humorous moments – the rescue of a snail, and Little Red singing to maintain her courage. The book also conveys positive themes of showing compassion and sharing. And it ends with a nice affirmation that little girls can be superheroes.
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