Happy Tuesday, guys!
Welcome back to the blog tour for Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood!
I was thrilled to be invited to join the tour, since I have loved and adored Shurtliff's books ever since Jack, and have loved each retelling ever since.
Read on for my thoughts on Red, and why this latest addition to Shurtliff's fairytale retellings, is definitely one that you cannot miss!
Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format read: ARC via publisher
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.
Shurtliff introduces us to Red, a young girl who has spent much of her young life struggling with the fact that she can't control her magical heritage as well as her grandmother.
But when her grandmother falls ill, Red decides to face her fears. With the help of the irrepressible Goldie, Red goes on a quest to find a cure that will save her Granny forever. But on the way, she learns some important life lessons about friendship, family and the challenges (and realities!) of growing up....
While I feel like I say this with all of Shurtliff's books, I think that Red has become my new favorite out of all of her titles. Because out of all of the books that Shurtliff hass written thus far, I feel like this is the one book that strikes closest to home, when it comes to chartering the struggling of surmounting being a young tween, and burgeoning young adulthood.
We see Red initially struggle with the her (lack of) magic, and her feelings of dismay that she can never live up to her grandmother's potential. It's a very realistic feeling that is likely felt by many a young tween/teen, and Shurtliff is careful to show Red's family's willingness to accept her as she is, but also their gentle approach toward pushing her to try and try again, and to not give up on claiming her gift.
Consequently, when Red does decided to find a cure for her grandmother, Shurtliff makes it a point to show just how hard the journey is for Red, but also emphasizes the fact that this is a growing moment for her. She's pushing past her personal anxieties to pursue the greater good, and readers can't help but be proud of her.
As Red and Goldie traverse through unfamiliar landscapes and push themselves through the boundaries of their bravery, Shurtliff shows how they are growing with each other every encounter.
So that by the very end, when Red thoughtfully rethinks her idea of things needing to be saved, and realizes that there is a time to let things go, it's with a maturity and thoughtfulness that will make readers feel like this has been a worthwhile journey.
This is a book that engages readers into learning how to problem solve and work constructively in a team, and also deftly handles the difficult task of teaching young readers how to accept growing up and growing older. Red's journey to save her grandmother comes with a lot of thoughtful life lessons, and will undoubtedly be appreciated by readers, both young and old.
Highly recommend for fans of Shurtliff, and for readers who are looking for an inventive, touching look at a famous fairy tale. You're not going to want to miss this one.
Check out the rest of the tour!
Tuesday, February, 2: Seeing Double In Neverland, Review
Wednesday, February, 3: MundieMoms/Kids, Review
Thursday, February, 4: BookHounds, Author Interview
Friday, February, 5: The Lovely Books, Review
Saturday, February, 6: I'm Shelf-ish, Guest Post
Sunday, February, 7: Kid Lit Frenzy, Review
Monday, February, 8: Mel's Shelves, Review
Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight, Author Random Facts
Wednesday, February, 10: SciFiChick.com, Review
Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast, Review
Friday, February, 12: Bittersweet Enchantment, Review
Saturday, February, 13: WinterHaven Books, Review except 18
Sunday, February, 14: The Cover Contessa, Review
Monday, February, 15: Pandora's Books, Review
Tuesday, February, 16: On Starships and Dragonwings, Review
Wednesday, February, 17: As They Grow Up, Review
Thursday, February, 18: Owl Always Be Reading, Review
Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review
Saturday, February, 20: The Children's Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie
Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast
Monday, February, 22: Katie's Clean Book Collection, Review
Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review
Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post
Thursday, February, 25: Confessions of a Readaholic, Review
Friday, February, 26: Bookish Antics, Review
Saturday, February, 27: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, Review
Sunday, February, 28: Valerie's Reviews, Review
Monday, February, 29: Lili's Reflections, Review
Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review
Wednesday, March 2: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review
Friday, March 4: The Book Monsters, Review
Saturday, March 5: Twinning for Books, Review
Sunday, March 6: Curling Up With A Good Book, Review
Monday, March 7: The Compulsive Reader, Review
Tuesday, March 8: The Reading Nook Reviews, Review
Wednesday, March 9: Resch Reads and Reviews, Review
Thursday, March 10: Beauty and the Bookshelf, Review
Friday, March 11: Xpresso Reads, Review
Saturday, March 12: Diamond’s Reads, Review
Sunday, March 13: Blissful Book Reviews, Review
Monday, March 14: Vi3tbabe, Review
Tuesday, March 15: The Book Cellar, Review
About the author:
Liesl grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has spent many magical days and nights in the woods. For better or worse, she has never come in contact with a wolf. Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first book, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, was named to nine state award lists and won an IRA Children’s Book Award, as well as earning a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.” Her second book, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, was also a hit with both critics and kids. She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales.