Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz

ninja red riding hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood
Corey Rosen Schwartz
illustrated by Dan Santat
4 Stars

The pesky wolf from The Three Ninja Pigs is still hungry (after all he didn’t get anything to eat in the previous book). But because he was beaten by the Ninja Pigs (and quite a few other animals) he decides to sneak into ninja school and train. And train he did. Eventually he mastered everything and was ready to go out and look for a meal. While looking for some food he runs into Riding Hood. He redirects her to pick some flowers and then sneaks into Grandma’s house to wait for her. But unlike other versions of Little Red Riding Hood Red is equipped to deal with a ninja wolf…because she is a ninja too.

This is another great ninja book. The little ones I read this to loved the ninja references and the fact that Red and the wolf were so well-matched. And Granny is seriously awesome (who wouldn’t love a granny who does tai chi?!?). I also love the illustrations and how the book is layed-out. The different pages have panels of illustrations (similar to graphic novel panels) only they are angled and slanted (no boring rectangular panels here). This helps give a feel of movement and action, which is especially great when Red and the Wolf are fighting. Plus the expressions are pure genius. (I can’t tell you how much one little kiddo laughed when seeing the lipstick and Granny’s robe on the wolf.) This story has enough meat on it that even elementary school kids will enjoy reading or listening to it. And the preschool story time kids will all want to be ninjas after reading this book. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

What to do after reading this book:
Sign up for a martial arts class.
Do some yoga.
Read the original fairy tale.
Make a peach pie (and eat it).
Go and pick some flowers.
Go visit your Granny.

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Group, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-399-16354-8
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool, Elementary School

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