Book Review: Red Riding Hood by: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson (Introduction by director Catherine Hardwicke)



Publish Date:
January 25, 2011

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback

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The blacksmith would marry her. The woodcutter would run away with her. The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf  hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them - it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.

Review: This isn't your great-grandmother’s Little Red Riding Hood! While the story stays close to the original tale, with Valerie (as Red Riding Hood) and of course, the Wolf, it’s definitely more gripping. I found myself unable to put the book down and was caught up wholly in Valerie’s tale. The characters aren't just cookie-cutter, they've got depth and breadth. The authors’ descriptions flow and weave the tale around you as you sit captivated. Just plain amazing! It’s also a tie-in to the Red Riding Hood movie coming out March 11, 2011. One important note: the book’s final chapter is being released on the website ( to coincide with the movie release.


  1. The story was good, but the fact tht the finale chapter will only be only anny me. I kind of felt cheated.

  2. Sounds like a great read, but the lack of a closing chapter definitely turns me off. Might just wait for the 'complete' edition to be released later.


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