Red: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood

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Beauty and the Beast fans: satisfy your fairy tale cravings with the New York Times bestseller RED, a spellbinding adventure that features a brave heroine, plenty of pixies, a beast like no other, and a beauty too!

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin.


"Moving and filled with hope . . . the charm of Shurtliff's retelling is how she imbues the storybook tropes with vibrant humanity."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on April 12, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 038575583X
ISBN-13: 9780385755832
13 Book Reviews
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  • marrigold137
    marrigold137Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:03 pm55 stars
    This book was about an (almost) fearless girl named Red. The only thing Red is truly afraid of is magic . When her Granny is suddenly ill she is alarmed and goes on a crazy adventure filled with dwarves, magic, wolves, bees and honey to save her Granny. The only girl that will be along on the adventure with her is an annoying one named Goldie. This is an adventure for all ages !
    • chlooe
      chlooeMonday, February 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm55 starsFeatured
      Red. Is this the Red from Red Riding Hood? Yes. But this Red, is way more braver, and isn't afraid of anything. Except for magic... When Red finds out that her grandma starts feeling ill, she starts panicking and starts looking for ways to heal her. When Red's grandma finds out that Red is going out on adventures, she keeps telling Red to stop and that everyone dies. Red doesn't listen because Red's grandma has always been in her life. Red goes on an amazing adventure that all kids should experience on the sidelines. When I say experiencing it on the sidelines, I mean to that kids will enjoy this story as if they are in this story as spectators. I think that everyone should read this because it is truly a respectful and true book. 5 stars!
      • Book LoverThursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:39 pm
        I think this is a great book.
        • honeyandsugar
          honeyandsugarThursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:17 pm
          I wanna get this book
          • brandonMonday, April 24, 2017 at 9:56 am
            i seen this book
            • destunyThursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm
              o my good
              • fatman200000000
                fatman200000000Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                cool i like it
                • vvMonday, April 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm
                  loved it
                  • goldeenMonday, April 10, 2017 at 7:17 am
                    this book is funny and I love it.
                    • lildee08
                      lildee08Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:17 am55 stars
                      I wanted to read the book Red because it looked very interesting. I found out the only thing Red was afraid of was magic, which pops up just about everywhere in the book. This book is for people who like magic and fairytales.
                      • madimin05
                        madimin05Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm
                        i love magic books so this would be good for me