By Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Scholastic, $5.99, 192 pages
In what will seem both familiar and innovative, authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams bring new life to the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The second book in the Grimmtastic Girls series, Red Riding Hood Gets Lost reimagines the world of fairytales and nursery rhymes in fifteen page-turning chapters.
“Once upon a time, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm had founded the Grimm Academy, as well as the realm of Grimmlandia, as a safe place for all fairy-tale and nursery rhyme characters to live.”
Red has dreams of taking center stage in the school play, but her true strength is in helping pals Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel as the group tries to take down the E.V.I.L. society at Grimm Academy. The Hickory Dickory Dock clock keeps the students on schedule and they have plenty to keep up with, including extra-curricular activities and assigned chores. Red puts her baking skills to use as the Snackmaker and her treats constantly run out, since Gretel eats oatmeal cookies all day. When downtime comes their way, Red and her friends enjoy time in the library – especially the Grimm Brothers room, the “most magical room in the whole library.”
Favorite characters and villains make appearances in new ways, like classmate Prince Wolfgang, and this classic story offers a fresh and updated look at charmed worlds.
Reviewed by Lori A. May