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Overview

Can a ninja-fied Little Red Riding Hood end with everyone happy? Find out in this fractured fairy tale that's sure to be a storytime hit.

Wolf just can't catch a break Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn't been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he's ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets--right?

Not if Little Red has anything to say about it Kiya

Kids will be sure to fight over this companion to the hits The Three Ninja Pigs and Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

  • ISBN-13: 9780399163548
  • ISBN-10: 0399163549
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8

A classic fairy tale retold with a high-kicking heroine

The creators of The Three Ninja Pigs kick up the high—or rather hi-yah—intensity with another fractured fairy tale. Starting where the previous book ended, the hungry and defeated wolf secretly enrolls in a martial arts school, where he “jackknifed and flipped / and at last felt equipped / to once again catch a good meal.” When he meets Red deep in a bamboo forest, the carnivore quickly thinks up a plan to score a treat.

As the wolf beats Red to her grandmother’s house and dresses up in one of the grandmother’s kimonos, young readers will recognize many elements from the original tale. But before the wolf can gobble up Red, she tears off her cloak to strike a defensive pose . . . because she went to ninja school, too! Santat shows off his animation skills with digitally enhanced illustrations featuring comic-style, action-packed frames with Japanese cultural details. They serve the story well as the wolf and Red spar in an even match.

The rhythmic rhyme sets the hilarious tone in this energetic story. And in one of the funniest twists, it’s not the woodsman but a gi-clad Gran, back from tai chi, who helps save the day. After the wolf concedes and there are polite bows all around, Gran encourages the wolf to relieve his stress with some yoga instead. A familiar story wrapped in combat and -humor—what more could a budding ninja want?

 

This article was originally published in the July 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.