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Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf
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Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf

You think you know the story of "Little Red Riding Hood"? THINK AGAIN! This retelling of the classic story, told from the wolf's perspective, will give you a fresh spin on this famous tale. Was the wolf just really hungry for apples? Was Little Red Riding Hood rotten? This fun fractured tale will leave you with a whole new understanding of the classic story.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level4-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreFairy Tales & Fables
Trim Size8 x 10
Page Count24
Paper Over Board

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Price: $9.99


Alaskan Bookie blog - Dorothy

"My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a great little book of Red Riding Hood, as told by the Wolf. It gives a whole different view of what happened to Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. I really enjoy this different take on the old classic. I think most children have very good imaginations and it is this type of book that really helps their imaginations grow. Letting children know it is okay to rework, change, and adapt stories to their liking is great. I especially enjoyed the discussion questions at the end of the book. I can see this book being read to a group of little children and then, using the discussion questions, have a discussion where the children can think about other stories and how they would change them. What a great way to encourage our future authors!" - Alaskan Bookie blog

August 10, 2011

NetGalley - Jennifer York

"I know. It's not my usual review but I do have a 5 year old so I read a lot of children's books too. And the title of this one caught my eye. Plus I know a lot of you have kid(s) too so from time to time I will post reviews on books for the kiddos. {Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss} This was a twist on the classic Red Hiding Hood. We all know the story. Red Hiding Hood walks through the woods to her Granny's house and runs into a wolf. In the classic the wolf is made out to be the villain. BUT in this retelling of the the tale it's Red Riding Hood that is the villain of sorts. This Red is very much in love with herself. All she can talk about is how pretty her red cape is. She is so wrapped up in herself that she doesn't even realize that there is a wolf in her Granny's house. Instead of telling her Granny "What big eyes you have" she stares in a mirror and says "Granny, what deep dark eyes I have." And "Granny, what perfect ears I have." This is a great children's book that the parent can enjoy too. I guess it depends on the age of the child if they pick up on the moral of the story. But this mommy got it. That Red Hiding Hood was ROTTEN! I recommend this classic with a twist to all the mommies and daddies out there that read to their child(ern) at night and would like something a little different that you can actually enjoy too. That's why I'm giving this book 3 apples." - NetGalley

July 1, 2011

Sony the Book Lover blog - Sonya

"For my bookies with kids this is great addition to your bedtime stories library." - Sony the Book Lover blog

November 8, 2011


Reading Rocks! blog - Lisa

"All of us have heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood, before but never from the wolf’s viewpoint. This fun and inviting fairy tale variation begins with a fruit and veggie-eating wolf, who looks oh so very sweet, as he tells the story of what REALLY happened. It wasn’t his fault of course. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish and the focus on apples gives an interesting twist. The last few pages encourage predicting, contemplation and research to keep the readers thinking beyond the story. The book is a delight, and I predict the entire series will be. This book will be a wonderful addition to add to one’s fairy tale collection. This is one of four books in Picture Window Books ”The Other Side of the Story” series which gives us a different look at some familiar stories. After all, there are ALWAYS two sides to EVERY story! Other books in series: BELIEVE ME, GOLDILOCKS ROCKS! SERIOUSLY, CINDERELLA IS SO ANNOYING! TRUST ME, JACK’S BEANSTALK STINKS! Keep Reading! Lisa" - Reading Rocks! blog

July 25, 2011

Ex Libris blog - Blodeuedd

"My Thoughts: Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten is written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Gerald Guerlais. It is a picture book for children and it is the first one I have ever reviewed. It is sweet (well in a way), most pages have one big picture in it and little text and it is short. It is a picture book after all. I do love picture books and I have read quite a few lately when temping at a kindergarten. I am sure they would have liked this fun story. I am not sure about ages, not too young since the wolf does eat Red and her granny so the kids have to see the humor in it. But it is also very short so too short for older kids. And I am sure adults would have fun reading it too. I sure did. This is the story told by the big bad wolf who loves food, and then I mean food like apples. But then one day there is no food in his cupboards anymore and he is hungry. He sees a girl all dress in red, like one big apple. She looks good enough to eat, she and her grandmother that he hears about. Too bad the girl is full of herself. Her grandmother is all dressed in green, like a yummy green apple, and she is also very full of herself. And yes he eats them, but then that does not matter because I am all on Wolf’s side. He is funny and hungry. Grandmother’s house was fun to see. There were portraits of her everywhere. That is one shallow family. I do think they had it coming for them. At the end there are also some things to think about. Like how the story changed when it was told from his point of view, and there is a glossary too. And how you can read and learn more, and internet sites to check out. All good things for the kids. Verdict: A good and fun story for everyone to like and the illustrations are really adorable. Rating, how does one rate a book like this one? Ok the pictures were cute! So that gets a 4 and because of the overall story is stays a 4. Very amusing and adorable." - Ex Libris blog

June 28, 2011

Bound and Determined to Find a Good Read Blog - Richard

"I love reading fairy tales from different countries, points of view, etc. So, I was immediately interested in reading this! Shaskan did not disappoint! Even though the book is incredibly short (at only 24 pages!), it is fun, funny, and a page turner. The illustrations are fantastic! There is a “Think About It” section at the end of the book that is a great guide to get young readers thinking about perspective and how that changes how events are perceived. 5 Stars: I will check out other stories in this series!" - Bound and Determined to Find a Good Read Blog

May 27, 2011 - Scott Asher

"This book is one in a series by Capstone that turns the focus of well known children’s stories on its head and asks the viewer (children) to consider the motivations of others they may have never considered.   In this story, the well know fable of Red Riding Hood is presented from the perspective of the wolf. He gives us his reasons for why he makes the decisions he does and doesn’t make excuses. This isn’t an altered story – the wolf still eats both Grandma and Red. But now, readers are asked to consider another perspective.   Capstone does a good job of wrapping up the title with a section in the back that asks study questions prompting children to understand the story in a more fuller way. A good book for children ages 6-8." -

August 30, 2011

Brazen Book Reviews blog

"Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! is a very cute picture book for kids. It's the story of Red Riding Hood from the wolfs perspective. I have kids, and they are picky about the books they read. They find lots of kids books boring and so do I. My kids are older, but they still enjoy being read to. This is why I decided to review some of these picture books so that you can skip the crappy books and find some that are kid approved. The kids loved the pictures and the humor in this one. I loved reading this out loud and hearing them giggle at the crazy wolf. Very cute!" - Brazen Book Reviews blog

August 3, 2011

World of Book Reviews blog - Paul Allchorne

"Overall this is a very funny book, that is engaging to the young audience that it is aimed at. My two daughters, aged 2 and 7 years, both enjoyed this book so much I have had to read it to them every night. My 7 year old said that she found the story very funny and liked the fact that it was a retelling of the children's classic Little Red Riding Hood, but from the wolf's point of view. The illustrations by Gerald Guerlais are first class and add to the overall appeal of the book. Honestly, Little Red Riding Hood was Rotten is a must have for people with young children. My children and I can't wait to read the other books in the series." - World of Book Reviews blog

May 26, 2011 - Karen Arendt

"This fractured fairy tale serves up great entertainment. Wolf is hungry and it is not apple season yet (apparetnly a favorite food for him since he is a vegetarian). He sniffs Red Riding hood in the area and the plot continues along similar to the traditional story, except that the wolf portrays Red Riding Hood as quite conceited. The very humorous language is all told from the Wolf's point of view. Little Red looks like a very large apple although very pretty. Her grandmother looks like a large green apple. The wolf looks endearing and innocent, as he would want to since he narrates the story! At the back of the book are some questions to prompt discussion and writing as well as a glossary. Other titles in the series are also listed for additional reading pleasure." -

June 4, 2011

Books Are Precious Gems blog - Laura Koehler

"I loved this book! It is told from the Wolf's point of view. I think if I was in his shoes I would have wanted to eat Little Red as well. I love the illustrations, especially the Wolf's expressions. A very interesting re-telling of a classic tale, and it will have you siding with the Wolf. Overall Rating: A * If you think you will like this book you might also enjoy Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying by Trisha Speed Shaskan. Release Date: Aug. 1, 2011*" - Books Are Precious Gems blog

July 28, 2011

The Lady Critic's blog - Katherine Cope

"This was a cute little book that drew my attention on netGalley with its title. I’ve always loved when authors take the classic fairy tales and put a spin on it like this one for short stories. I have an aunt who had a book of them and I used to love it when she read them to me. The way that Shaskan made the wolf a vegetarian (with a craving for apples) was an adorable little twist on the classic story. Same with how Granny and Red were made to resemble apples; in fact, it was rather genius. This is going to be a fantastic picture book for young readers. Sure it has larger words spattered throughout, but the pictures are colourful and for the most part there are fewer words per page than picture. I can definitely see my 6 year old cousin reading this out-loud like he does with his Franklin books. I’m giving this book a 5.5/10. While it will be one I’ll keep my eye out for in order to recommend it to young readers, it’s probably not one that I’ll read again." - The Lady Critic's blog

July 21, 2011


1600 Words a Day blog

"Honestly, I probably wasn't the intended audience for Trisha Speed Shaskan's take on Little Red Riding Hood.   Instead of the story focusing on the innocent, naive girl who goes off to the forest to visit with her equally self-absorbed grandmother, we see everything through the vegetarian wolf's perspective. He sees granny and Red as delicious apple-like beings bouncing around his field of vision. Not only do they force him to eat them by looking like apples, but they force him to eat nasty, nasty meat.   I adore fairy tales and re-tellings, so I was stoked when I saw this galley, but whenever I pick up a picture book, I ask myself if it would be fun to read to a little kid, and this one didn't do it for me. Children have a clear sense of justice. I think most of them would be really upset that the wolf at grandma and the pretty girl when he didn't even want them.   Still, it's an interesting idea. Some books in the series might work really well and others won't so much." - 1600 Words a Day blog

September 3, 2011

Satisfaction for Insationable Readers blog - GMR

"For instant access to the cover, take a quick second to scroll to the bottom of this post...since I typed and published it via Blogger app on my phone, I don't get the benefit of choosing its placement. Anywho, back to the review. Now this is a side of Little Red (and her Grandmother) that you've never seen before....though you may have wondered about it at some time. Taking its cue (in my opinion since it reminded me of it so much) from 'The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!' by Jon Scieszka.....wait wait wait. Hold the phone. You do know about that classic with a twist children's storybook...right? It's the one by the Wolf himself that brings a whole new light to the events we had only previously seen through 3 little piggy sets of eyes...and as we all know, there are two sides to every story and boy oh boy can they differ. Now back to THIS story.... We have another wolf penning his tale in an effort to shed a light of truth on the events Miss Red and gang exposed the first time around. This time, the wolf is painted as the victim of circumstance and the ladies Hood...well, as narcissistic, mono-tone wearing gals who need to SERIOUSLY step AWAY from the mirror. In other words, what happened next was justified and the wolf was merely in the wrong place at the right time. Hmm, I wonder...but then again if they really were that superficial what with that gorgeous red cape and all, how long would it take one of us to huff and puff and blow some sense into them? Okay, so now I'm mixing fairy tales ala 'Hookwinked' (which by the way was a surprisingly good movie....if you haven't seen it or its sequel, definitely recommend checking them out), but you get my point. To summarize, a cautionary title of being self-absorbed and traveling alone in the woods with baked goods that's good for the whole family. The humor may hit home with older readers more, but the story itself along with the gorgeous illustrations (really, they're pretty brilliant) will capture the attention of one and all. Take a chance and see the classic story through new eyes....and see just whose side you believe. Ebook read via Aldibo app on my smartphone thanks to NetGalley. (Thanks!) To check out this title as well as their full catalog, visit them online at or follow along on Twitter ( This title was released from Capstone and is out there and ready for your reading pleasure." - Satisfaction for Insationable Readers blog

August 3, 2011 - Elizabeth Toh

"'Honestly Red Riding Hood Was Rotten' written by Trisha Speed Shaskan was a highly entertaining and humorous picture book aimed for young readers. It's a fairy tale with a twist, where the story was told from the Big Bad Wolf point of view. In this story, the wolf was portrayed as a vegetarian wolf who haven't been eating as food is scarce while Red Riding Hood was portrayed as a little vain pot, just like her grandmother. Very humorous kind of book, really, and a very refreshing approach to the classic fairy tale. It was beautifully illustrated as well with the wolf looking pitiful and the Red Riding Hood looking vain and annoying as ever. I've loved stories like this; where the story is told from the bad people point of view. To me, there's always two side of the same story and you ought to not just listen to the 'good' people's version of the story. For what it's worth, the villains are just poor, misunderstood characters. I enjoyed this book very much, and highly recommended as a bedtime stories for both boys and girls age 5 years up. I received an ARC of this book from Capstone publisher via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review." -

June 5, 2011


Children's Books and YA blog - Lisa Jass

"This new book that will be released August 1st. Is a very cute book to read to children. The illustrations are fabulous and the story is a humorous spin on an old tale. Teachers, this is a great book to use in the classroom to teach POV. It also has a "Think About It" section, a glossary, and further reading recommendations that would be helpful for use in the classroom. I would recommend this book highly. Nothing better than a great children's tale with educational value." - Children's Books and YA blog

July 22, 2011

School Librarian's Workshop, "Once Upon a Time" - Hilda K. Weisburg, M.L.S.

"As Wolf tells it, he is mostly an apple-eater but was very hungry with nothing left in the cupboard. Sniffing cake, he finds Little Red Riding Hood, as plump and juicy as an apple—and vain. When she tells him she heading for her Granny’s, Wolf thinks he can get two meals—plus cake and suggests a race with each taking a different path. He arrives first and quickly makes a meal of Granny, as plump as a Granny Smith apple and as vain as Little Red. The familiar dialog ensues with apple overtones. At its end, Wolf eats her and the cake. No woodsman comes to save Little Red which should surprise and amuse listeners. “Think About It” suggests discussion topics, and there is a brief glossary, bibliography, webliography, and list of other titles in the series." - School Librarian's Workshop, "Once Upon a Time"

January 1, 2013

NetGalley - Lrenee Alsander

"My nine and three year-olds found the book humorous. My nine year-old joked that she would have spit Red out because of her rotten attitude. My daughter LOVED the pictures extremely because of the faces the wolf made. This book is a good story circle book for 5-9 year olds. It seemed to be a little scary for my three year-old but she like the pictures also." - NetGalley

August 12, 2011 - Becky Moe

"This is a cute take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood as told by the wolf...unfortunately for me, it was a little too reminiscent of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (told by A. Wolf) and just wasn't *quite* as good as that one. The vegetarian wolf who loves to eat apples (and drat, don't Red and her Granny remind him an awful lot of apples?) is a different idea, and quite amusing, as is Red's--and later Granny's--obession with their own cuteness. I love that Granny's walls are covered with pictures of herself! As the wolf says, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Honestly, if I didn't love Sciezka and Lane's story so much, this one would probably have gotten a four-star review. The best part of this book is the "Think About It" section, which encourages readers to compare this story to the original, asks them questions that make them consider how the setting and point of view of the story affect its outcome, and suggests they rewrite another classic fairytale from another character's point of view. As both a teacher and a parent, I love all four of those ideas--great for informal discussion as well as actually sitting down to accomplish through writing. This book would make a nice addition to any picture book library." -

July 19, 2011

Crowding the Book Truck blog - Caroline

"I was immediately drawn to this book because of the illustrations. I love the rich colours and images, particularly around Red Riding Hood. I like books that play with perspective and narratives and get you thinking about the different ways a story can be told. Interestingly, even though this version was from the wolf's perspective and was set up to be his defense, I still didn't think he's that likeable a character. He doesn't put forward that he was framed or anything like that; instead, he says that Red Riding Hood and her grandmother looked so much like apples, and he loves apples, so he had to eat them. To me, that isn't much better than just eating them because you like eating humans; you're still doing something you know is wrong (he doesn't mistake them for apples - he knows they're not apples). Furthermore, I'm afraid that if I keep going down this line of thinking, it's not too long until I get to 'if she's been wearing something different, I would never have done what I did! It's her fault for dressing like that!' and other victim blaming concerns. Is that reading too much into this? Maybe, but Red Riding Hood is often used to talk about predatory actions and rape culture (see also Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce for teens). Anyway, this book comes with lots of helpful material at the end to facilitate discussions between kids and parents/caregivers/teachers. There's definitely lots to talk about." - Crowding the Book Truck blog

August 4, 2011

NetGalley - Kimberly Jeffryes

"This was an adorable story with a great lesson to kids that they need to look at things from different angles to get the entire story." - NetGalley

June 19, 2011 - Michele Bond

"So Little Red is a vapid narcicist, and Wolf is a starving vegetarian who couldn't resist the apple looking Red and Grandma. Great "Think About It" section encourages readers to consider this point of view in comparison to other versions of Little Red Riding Hood that they may have read or heard. Also includes references to 3 other Little Red tales, Fact Hound code, and glossary. Illustrations go nicely with the text, contributing to the character traits as described by the Wolf (love Grandma's house, filled with photos of herself!)." -

July 1, 2011 - Amy Holbrook

"Honestly, Red Riding Hood, was Rotten is a retelling of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in the narrative of the Big Bad Wolf. The Wolf claims that he doesn’t eat meat (at least tries not to) and is very fond of apples. To his misfortunate, it wasn’t apple season , so it had been a few weeks since he ate. He was in the woods and his stomach was craving food. He could smell a girl with cake. He found the girl to be Little Red Riding Hood and says she looks like an apple. He really loves apples. She reveals that she is going to take it to her Grandma, so the Wolf challenges her to the race. Naturally, the Wolf makes it first and the grandma looks just as delicious and like an apple. She also is conceited and concerned about her likes just like Little Red Riding Hood. I loved all the pictures. I didn’t feel sympathetic to the Wolf, but Little Red Riding Hood and the Grandma were annoying. Children will find this book delightful." -

June 9, 2011

Book Rock Goddess blog - Jessica Bolton

"OF COURSE you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don’t know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you… I got this title from Netgalley and I thought it was adorable! I usually don’t review childrens books but this one is just to cute and I got it for review so I felt that people should know how great it is. I loved the premiss of the story and the illustrations were phenomenal! I loved how they said that the big bad wolf was a vegetarian and he ate apples and then they made Red and Granny look like red and green apples. So, how can you blame a starving for not being able to resist such temptation. Also, Red was so vain that you really didn’t mind seeing her eaten. I ended up reading it to my son who is 8 years old and he thought that it was hilarious! He also loved the pictures and wants me to buy a hard copy as soon as it is released. I have the original version of Little Red Riding Hood and we love it so, this will be a nice addition to our library." - Book Rock Goddess blog

July 19, 2011


Cracking the Cover blog - Jessica

"Fairy tales are so one-sided, at least that’s what the Big Bad Wolf from “Little Red Riding Hood” says. He’d like you to consider the other side — his side — of the story before jumping to any conclusions. His “memoir,” “Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf (The Other Side of the Story)” does just that. You see, once upon a time, Wolf’s cupboards were bare. The freezer was empty and Wolf had eaten every last vegetable and fruit in the garden. He hadn’t eaten in weeks when his nose caught the scent of a little girl. When he came upon the girl, who looked as plump and ripe as a red apple, he couldn’t help but think how tasty she might be — remember he hadn’t eaten for a very long time. Little Red is a talkative young lady and fills Wolf in on her plans to take her basket full of cake and butter to Granny’s house, even pointing out where Granny lives. Wolf suggests they race to Granny’s and Little Red quickly agrees. Wolf makes it first and meets Granny, who’s as pretty as a Granny Smith apple. Wolf has to eat her. His stomach is roaring. Really, he had no other choice. And when Little Red arrives, he has no choice but to eat her, too. After all, things look different when you’re really hungry. “Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!” is a fun take on a classic, and at $6.95 it’s a bargain. The illustrations are bright and full of energy, and the tongue-in-cheek text is humorous. It may not be the best version of this particular tale — it feels a little low-budget — but it’s entertaining nonetheless." - Cracking the Cover blog

August 10, 2011

Jen's Corner blog - Jen

"I loved this book! It was so cute! It was interesting how the author turned Red into a little conceited girl. I laughed when the Wolf looked at Red Riding Hood, but only saw things she had in common with apples. Note to self: Always keep apples in the house!" - Jen's Corner blog

August 18, 2011

Mom Reads My Books blog - Amie

"We’ve always heard Red Riding Hood’s story told to us from Red’s point of view. But the Wolf has a story too, right? After all, he was there just like Red and Granny. This inventive narrative gives the reader the Wolf’s side of the story and we discover that everyone has a different perspective. The Wolf isn’t a horrifying human-eating monster. He’s really just a really hungry vegetarian who is practically starving after all the apples are gone and harvest time is not happening anytime soon. And Red, well, she’s kind of annoying. I thought this story was well-written and original. The illustrations were also well done, with beautiful colors and clever drawings. I especially liked the “Think About It” portion of the book at the end. The glossary of various literature terms is a great way to introduce children to the different elements of storytelling. Fun read for those with children!" - Mom Reads My Books blog

July 1, 2011


Book Dads blog - Chris Singer

"Along the lines of a fractured fairy tale, Shasken brings readers a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, but this time the Wolf gets to finally give his point-of-view.   Young readers familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood will have a great time reading the Wolf’s version of the story. In this version, the Wolf is really a vegetarian who prefers eating apples to another else. Unfortunately it’s not apple season and Wolf has gone without food for weeks. When he happens upon Red Riding Hood, he finds her vanity annoying and comes up with a plan to eat her and her grandmother. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, but readers will be eager to get the ending of the Wolf’s version. If the story doesn’t keep readers engaged, Gerald Guerlais’ illustrations certainly will. These are simply amazing and provide the perfect backdrop for this story. I love how the wolf is depicted with a goofy grin on this face, almost making him look innocent and unassuming.    Retelling fairy tales and other familiar stories from a different perspective and point-of-view are wonderful ways to help young readers develop literacy skills such as comprehension, storytelling, point-of-view and narration. As I read this, I couldn’t help thinking about all of the creative ways teachers could use this in their classroom. As a result, I was really pleased to see a series of questions included at the end of the book. In this “Think About It” section, readers have the opportunity to express their thoughts about the story by comparing it to the original version. Other exercises including thinking about how the point-of-view and narration affects the outcome of a story. These are excellent additions to the book and provide great opportunities for readers to work on writing skills as well.   If you think you might enjoy this, you can also check out Capstone Publishing’s website which features other books like this including Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks by Baby Bear; Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying by the Wicked Stepmother; and Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks by the Giant." - Book Dads blog

August 9, 2011

Journey of a Bookseller blog - Jo Ann Hakola

"First off, I want to point out I take issue with the first word of that title. Honestly? Really? Are YOU on the wolf's side??? This is a Capstone Picture Window Books edition and I got my egalley from them and Net Galley. This book was published at the first of the month and you can pick up a copy now at your local bookstore. It's available in hardcover and paperback both. Gerald Guerlais is the illustrator of this picture book and his wolf is quite the character. He's pencil thin because it's winter and he's a vegetarian (sure thing) and the only reason he even gets involved with Little Red Riding Hood is because he's dying of starvation from lack of veggies and fruits... The story is cute, the illustrations are colorful and bright, and it sure doesn't end like the usual fairy tale. Which made it much more delightful for me to read. Why not read one of the traditional fairy tales first, then read this one to show your child the difference and see which version they prefer? I picked this for review because I had already read the real story about the three little pigs; you know, the story where the only problem was the wolf had a cold? These revamped fairy tales amuse me. How about giving one of them a try yourself? Happy reading." - Journey of a Bookseller blog

August 10, 2011

Pretty Opinionated blog - Nicole

"Jacob and I love reading funny stories, particularly those that offer a new take on old tales. Red Riding Hood seems to be rising to the height of popularity both among adults (Red Riding Hood, the movie) and children (Hoodwinked), and Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten by Trisha Speed Shaskan takes full advantage of that. After years of listening to everyone tell the story of the poor little girl and her granny, the wolf finally gets his say. In his version, he was just a poor, hungry vegetarian who happened to love apples, and Red Riding Hood just happened to look like one! Plus, she was a bit of a vain snob, which she apparently got from her dear old granny. Poor Wolf simply had no choice but to eat the both of them. After all, we wouldn’t want him to starve, would we? Jake and I both thought this re-imagining of the Red Riding Hood tale was pretty funny. The wolf makes some very good points- no one likes a vain person. While I don’t think the author intended to impart any sort of moral of the story, I used it to explain to Jacob that boasting in such a snotty way is a good way to lose friends (or get eaten by wolves! No, I didn’t really say that!). It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments, but standing around saying “look how pretty I am” is never a good idea. Jake said the ending freaked him out a bit, but not enough to give him nightmares or anything. The true star of this book, though, are the illustrations, done by Gerald Guerlais. The cover gives you a good idea of what you’ll find inside. All the illustrations are so lush and textured, you want to just reach into the story and touch them. The wolf usually has a disarming goofy grin on his face, although a few times I did think he was kind of creepy looking. But overall, the images were just stunning. At the end of the book, the author included a few questions to ponder after reading the story. I love when they do this with children’s books because it gives Jake and I more to talk about. One of the questions compares the original story, told from the point of view of an invisible narrator, with this story, told by the wolf, and asks children to decide which one is more truthful. From this, we launched into a discussion about biased and unbiased writing. Overall, I would recommend this to children who aren’t easily freaked out by the idea of a wolf eating a little girl and her grandmother. Honestly, though, Red Riding Hood totally WAS rotten, and I don’t blame the wolf for eating her!" - Pretty Opinionated blog

June 10, 2011


Roughing It Mommy Style blog - Nanny

"Everyone knows there are usually two sides to every story. In this book Ms Shasken shows us the wolfs. Things aren't always as they seem and perspective plays a big part in why the wolf did what he did. A cute twist on an old favorite. Since I received this my daughter has requested it for bedtime every single night. She loves this version of the story. Well written in a way kids can understand and enjoy. With beautiful, colorful, illustration. At the end there are suggestion to compare the original version with this one which we did and had a blast picking out the differences and similarities. This is a fun tale for kids of all ages. An ARC copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines." - Roughing It Mommy Style blog

June 18, 2011

Adventures of a Children's Librarian blog

"Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! by Trisha Speed Shaskan is another engaging title from Capstone Press’ The Other Side of the Story series. Gerald Guerlais’ quirky illustrations make this book interesting to upper elementary students. It’s a must-have tool for exploring and teaching point of view in writing. Teachers will also find this title useful in their exploration of action words, homonyms, onompotopaeia…it’s a virtual treasure hunt of literacy devices!" - Adventures of a Children's Librarian blog

July 19, 2011

NetGalley - Michele Graves

"This is a very fun book written from the big bad wolf's perspective. He feels he has to set things straight with everyone who has only heard the story from Little Red Riding Hood. It is well written and the illustrations are engaging and well done. I enjoyed reading it and think it would make a great addition to any library!" - NetGalley

July 1, 2011


Alaskan Book Cafe - Cristina

"Hi everyone! Junior is back with me for some more reviews. His Review: "I like the pictures a lot, especially the wolf. I love the pictures of the wolf! It was a funny book. The wolf loves apples and knows all the kinds. I think Red Riding Hood should have taken some apples with her to give him. I think when we hike we should take apples. If Red Riding Hood and Granny gave the wolf something to eat instead of thinking of themselves maybe he would not have eaten them." My Review: My grandson is autistic. He knows a lot about being able to name all the types of things that interest him. So that the wolf could name the apples was no surprise. He had no problem relating to that. He reads a lot so he was able to sit through it. I liked the story myself. I thought it was a very cute picture book. The illustrations were awesome. Even though the wolf eats Granny and Red Riding Hood my grandson did not get scared. He was able to understand the wolf only ate them because he had nothing else to eat. We enjoyed reading this together. I loved hearing him laugh out loud at the wolf. There is a teaching element at the back of the book. He was able and interested in answering most of the questions. We gave Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten 4 of 5 stars" - Alaskan Book Cafe

August 6, 2011

A Frugal Life blog - Rhiana Jones

"We all realize that in real life, there are always two sides of the story. In fairytales, however, there is always a good side and a bad side. Capstone publications is bringing real life to the picture books with their series of alternative fairy tales. Everyone knows the story of the sweet little girl in the red cloak, tripping her way through the woods on the way to feed her sick grandma. Trisha Speed Shaskan gives kids the other side of the story, the wolfs side. In Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! we are introduced to a very hungry wolf, the poor wolf is a vegetarian! But alas, he hasn't eaten a thing in weeks and he is starving to death. Does anyone blame him that he sees Little Red Riding Hood, looking exactly like a plump shining apple and smelling so sweetly of butter and cake? It's a cute little story, that shows children there are always two sides to every story, even the cut and dried fairy tale. Sponsorship Disclaimer: A preview galley of this book was provided free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own." - A Frugal Life blog

June 11, 2011

Popin's Lair blog - Popin

"One of my all time favourite kids’ books is The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. I remember reading this as a kid and falling in love. It was also the book that got me into fairy tale retellings, so it has a very special place in my heart. I can praise this book till high noon, because it was funny, it was insightful, and the illustrations were great. But I can’t. So why did I bring it up? Well, when I heard about Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! I was excited. It reminded me of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs with the Big Bad Wolf telling his side of the story about why he ate poor Granny and Little Red Riding Hood. Also, the artwork is cute and reminded me of Capstone’s other novel Secrets, Monsters, and Magic Mirrors. The story is a simple one. The Big Bad Wolf is a vegetarian and a big lover of apples, whether it’s Golden Delicious, Fuji, Pink Lady, it doesn’t matter because he loves them all! But he’s run out of apples and he’s run out of food, now he’s starving and isn’t sure what to do. Then one day he smells something wonderful and sees a big apple. The apple in question isn’t a Ginger Gold, Cameo, McIntosh, or even a Zuccalmaglio's Reinette. No, this huge incredibly rare apple is Little Red Riding Hood, who has clearly been snacking on a lot (and I mean a lot) of cakes. When the wolf runs off to Granny’s House expecting to see old women, he’s welcomed by the biggest Granny Smith he’s ever seen. Gee, the Big Bad Wolf has it rough. Overall The story isn’t anything new, but Trisha does help the reader try to see things from a different perspective. And the artwork helps push this point by displaying the wolf’s desperation. The story is also cute and I’m sure any kid would love this. But due to my love of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the epicness of that story, I think I felt a tad disappointed in how the story ended up. That isn’t to say this is a bad book, it isn’t. I was just wanting more. The artwork is great though. 3.5 stars" - Popin's Lair blog

August 11, 2011


Mrs. Katz’s Book Blurbs blog - Mrs. Katz

"Each spring in my school library I share different versions of a few fairytales with my students.  Red Riding Hood is always one.  While some versions are a little scarier and the pictures a tad more gory, this version told in the wolf's point of view is actually laugh out loud funny.  From the first page to the last you can't help smiling. The wolf is starving and dreaming about apples which are now out of season.  Little Red looks an awful lot like a red apple while granny looks like a green one.  They are both so vain and self possessed and the wolf is spot on when he says "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."  Gerald Guerlais's digitally produced illustrations are simply beautiful.  I look forward to sharing this version along with other more traditional ones and having the students compare them.  Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Capstone via Netgalley." - Mrs. Katz’s Book Blurbs blog

September 17, 2011

The Crooked Word blog - Becky McKinnon

"Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher, Coughlan Publishing, for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review. OF COURSE you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you... This is a cute retelling. The wolf claims to be a vegetarian (other than on rare occasions). Holding nothing back, I'm not sure kids would enjoy the humor as much as I did, but I can't see them not enjoying the pictures, they're fantastic! 4/5 stars" - The Crooked Word blog

August 10, 2011

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota, where she waterskied on the Mississippi River, played basketball, and skateboarded. She has written more than forty books for children and taught creative writing to children and teens. Trisha received a 2012 Minnesota State Artist’s Initiative Grant. She won the 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, Loft Award in Children’s Literature/Older Children. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen Shaskan, who is a children’s book author and illustrator.

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