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Our regular guest reviewer, Bunny Lovell from the fantastic book blog, Books with Bunny, has posted a review for us of a modern reworking of the Red Riding Hood fairy story.

Books with Bunny is a blog that reviews books for all ages and from all genres.  Bunny also has a facebook page which you can access here.

Cassie and the Woolf by Olivia Snowe has illustrations by Michelle Lamoreaux, and is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Bunny was sent the book by the publisher: Stone Arch Books in return for her impartial review.

The book is American, so please expect to see American spellings and turn of phrases used throughout.

The book is part of a series called Twice Told Tales in which traditional fairy stories are given a modern twist.  There is always a section at the back of these books in which the story is given in its traditional form, making this a great classroom resource for a creative writing project in which students are asked to deconstruct or rewrite a fairy story themselves.

In this case, the book may be suitable for slightly older children than you would pitch a regular fairy tale at, eights and up is recommended.

Here’s Bunny:

Cassie and the Woolf is a retelling of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.
Cassie Cloak is a twelve year old girl running errands for her Grandma when she meets Caleb Woolf-a tall, overbearing yet strangely charming older boy.  As Cassie collects groceries for her Grandma, Caleb spies on Cassie and his hunger takes over.  He walks with Cassie, encouraging her to buy flowers for her sick Grandma and then goes ahead to Grandma’s apartment, intimidating her before taking the food. However, Caleb wasn’t careful enough and incriminating evidence was at the scene.  Wily Cassie and Grandma take their revenge…
Aimed at 8-12 year olds, Cassie and the Woolf reworks Little Red Riding Hood into a modern, relevant tale for the 21st century.  Bold illustrations enhance the story.  Overall I feel that this is a book that will appeal to fans of the genre rather than as an introduction to the fairy story.
Adults with a penchant for fairytales will enjoy the subtle reference to Perrault in the text.
The history of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is given at the end of the book along with ideas for writing your own fairytales.
Well worth a look.