Monday, June 16, 2014
Book Review: Super Red Riding Hood
Super Red Riding Hood
By Claudia Davila
Kids Can Press, 2014
Reviewed from NetGalley
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2
Expected Publication Date: August 1, 2014
Ruby loves superheroes, so when she puts on the special red cape that her grandmother made her, she become Super Red Riding Hood! Ruby gets ready to pick raspberries in the forest by putting on her rubber boots, grabbing her flashlight, packing her lunch box, and finally donning her cape. Nothing can scar this superhero, until she hears a loud grumbling and comes face to face with a wolf! She outsmarts him and finds out that he might not be as bad as he seems, and he learns that girls can be superheroes too.
This is a fun take on a classic fairy tale. The illustrations are colorful and slightly reminiscent of comic books without being too overwhelming. I do have to mention that the e-galley I received was rather poorly formatted and I missed out on some of the action, but once those problems are fixed in final production, the story will be clear and flow well.
What other fairy tale characters could have super powers? We already have Rapunzel's Revenge, but maybe Jack and Jill have some special powers, or Goldilocks could be more than she seems. Use this book as a starting point for more fairy tale-superhero mash-ups.