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Cloaked in Red [KINDLE] ❀ Cloaked in Red By Vivian Vande Velde – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk So you think know the story of Little Red Riding Hood the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species Well then So you think know the story of Little Red Riding Hood the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species Well then try your hand at answering these uestions Which character not including Little Red herself is the most fashion challenged Who not including the wolf is the scariest Who not including Granny is the most easily Cloaked in ePUB ´ scared Who is the strangest Notice we're not not including anyone because they're all a little off Who no fair saying the author has stuffing for brainsVivian Vande Velde has taken eight new looks at one of the world's most beloved and mixed up stories You may never look at fairy tales in uite the same way again.

  • Hardcover
  • 127 pages
  • Cloaked in Red
  • Vivian Vande Velde
  • English
  • 10 January 2016
  • 9780761457930

About the Author: Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde born currently residing in Rochester New York is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adultsHer novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy but are primarily humorous Her book Never Trust a Dead Man received the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel She says that she really likes to write for.



10 thoughts on “Cloaked in Red

  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    This was a nice short book of Red Riding Hood stories And I have to say no wolves were killed in this book or else I would set fire to those people Okay on with the stories The Red CloakThis story is about Meg who is sent out to her granny's house but she spies a wolf on the way She keeps going even though she is terrified and then she runs into a woodsman that is doing some illegal chopping of trees She asks him to help her but then he turns all menacing and she does some things to sic the wolf on him Let's just say he spends a lot of time up the tree's that belong to the King And Little Red skips merrily away lol The Red Riding Hood DollThis story was a little creepy Georgette was a seamstress in her mother's shop One day after dealing with a horrible customer Georgette decides to make herself a life size doll Her mother wasn't happy about this and told her she would take it out of her wages Georgette loved her little girl doll she always wanted a child of her own and now she does in a way She even has a little red cloak After spending the night in the woods with her doll she is awakened by the woodsmen to find out her doll came to life I was hoping it was going to be creepy but it wasn't so this was my least favorite story Little Red Riding Hood's FamilyThis is a story of Roselle who has to take supper to her granny because her mom sprained her ankle Roselle's father was afraid of granny because she had a temper This is one of my favorite stories because granny is not what she seems but Roselle isn't either Granny and the WolfIn this story the granny Nelda is out in the woods one day and she finds a wolf in a trap that she saves She takes the shite trap away as well She tends to the wound and the wolf decides to follow her home and stay with her Then of course everyone and their brother's uncle shows up to visit and she has to keep trying to hide the wolf But after getting rid of everyone she ends up telling Scarlet She took the news well and they decided the wolf would be enough protection for granny out in the woods alone So all three of them sat down and ate apple tarts and friend chicken Deems the Wood GathererThere was an old wood gatherer named Deems He was partially blind and he kept coming upon different people in the woods Or so he thought He tried to give each of them sound advice because he loved to help people I thought this one was pretty cool because he runs into the wolf and the three pigs the gingerbread man and hansel gretal and the witch Why Willy and His Brother Won't Ever Amount to AnythingThis is the story of Isolda she has a bunch of brothers and sisters and they all live with her parents in the apple orchard This story is just bizarre and not one of my favorites but the brothers that seem dumb as stumps end up being The Brothers GrimmThe Little Red HeadacheOne day a wolf is having a nice nap when someone steps on his tail Of course it hurt and he jumps up to find a little girl and she screams so loud it gives him a headache She runs away and leaves her basket he tries to yell to her but it came out all wolfy and scared her So being the nice wolf that he is he takes the basket to the granny's house and tells her what happened but she screams and then the little girls shows up and there is screaming Eventually the wolf runs away thinking they are all crazy Little Red Riding Hood's Little Red Riding HoodThat's a long title Anyway there is this really bratty girl that is actually a fairy godmother and she is always complaining about everything She hates her cloak but can only use magic once a day The fairy godmother was visiting the little baby Ruby Marie and since she hated the cloak so much she gave it to the baby and accidentally put a spell on the cloak to make it smart instead of the child Years later Ruby Marie's mom asks her to go see her granny because she was sick The cloak was not happy at all because of germs and Ruby Marie wasn't either because she was a brat On the way there they run into a wolf and the cloak keeps trying to help her get away almost strangling her They finally get to the house where the wolf was hiding The cloak kept trying to strangle her and then strangle the wolf Ruby threw the cloak off and said she hated it basically and wished the fairy godmother never gave it to her A woodman passing heard all of the yelling and the wolf jumped out the window before he got caught Ruby told the woodsman he scared off her granny but granny was in the wardrobe Ruby wouldn't believe it though and the cloak had enough so it ran away too well slithered away It had many owners through the years but later on it found is true owner Obviously the last one was my favorite This was a cute little book and it's on kindle unlimited right now if anyone wants to read it MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    A collection of short stories each approaching the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” from a different uirky perspectiveEvery tale opens with a variation on “Once upon a time after x had been invented but before we had y” which pleasantly reminded me of The Princess Bride That represents most of the humor throughout the book—breaking the fourth wall cross references to other fairytales and anachronisms in abundance The very ending of the last story had me in stitches Sometimes Vande Velde’s wit can be a little too sharp; I felt like the cameo by the child Grimm Brothers bordered on mean spirited but your mileage may vary Content Advisory Some of the tales can get a wee bit spooky in a Halloween special sort of way see especially the one where the doll comes to life or the one where the man with terrible eyesight can’t tell what he’s looking at Mild rude humor throughout Two brief but eyebrow raising sexual references in the preface—the Wolf donning Granny’s nightclothes and climbing into her unoccupied bed is described as “kinky” and Vande Velde ponders aloud “what sort of relationship” Granny might have had with the Woodsman that he’d feel comfortable strolling into her cottage A short fun book for tweens and teens especially around Halloween The stories themselves could make for interesting a word which here means “warped and weird” bedtime tales but you might want to edit or skip the preface if you’re reading aloud with younger kids

  3. Mir Mir says:

    This book got my back up from the start by opening with an introduction that made fun of the Red Riding Hood story in particularly lame and stupid ways First of all don't try to be funny if you don't know how thinking about the VVV books I've read humor is a weak point for her Second isn't it some kind of party foul to make fun of the very thing you are ripping off to sell your not very good short stories? Because most of the stories here were pretty weak The couple that were better really aren't related to Red Riding Hood and felt like she stuck in a couple extraneous details to make them marginally relevant Overall it felt like she had one Red Riding Hood inspired story and decided to throw together some other discarded writing to make a collection just so she could have a book to take advantage of the current popularity of this subgenre of YA Thumbs down

  4. Cara Cara says:

    Have you ever thought that the story of Little Red Riding Hood was kind of lame? If so this is the book for youThe author in the beginning gives an introduction of why she felt the need to give this fairy tale it's due To be honest I always thought the story was boring and definitely left a lot to be desired Here we have a collection of stories that give a new take to Little Red The stories range from a creepy doll coming to life all the way to a red cloak having a mind of it's own Some are comical and others ironic A good array of different prespectives are presented hereI'm usually horrible with short stories I always need and still feel like that most of the time It would have been interesting to see a full fleged novel with one of the ideas It would be hard to do though A lot of backstory would have to be done Regardless of that I did enjoy the book and feel better about the story After reading this I will absoulutely be reading from Vivian Vande Velde

  5. Kristina Kristina says:

    This short anthology of Red Riding Hood adaptations is excellent Clever witty and creative each story spins the classic tale in new and inventive directions The introduction alone is worth the time although the entire book can be read in an hour or two From misunderstood wolves to nasty little girls the author brings us into the woods and ultimately reveals eight fascinating paths out These stories are suitable for all ages and would be excellent read aloud as well Highly recommended 🐺📚

  6. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Red Riding Hood was once a young lady who Was so ashamed of the cloak her mother had dyed red that the girl felt compelled to sneak around the edge of town in wolf infested woods Wanted a child so badly that she designed her own life size child doll Had to deliver her grandmother’s dinner because her father was afraid to go over to Grandma’s house It being a full moon and all Found her neighbors Willy and Jacob extraordinarily annoying had absolutely no common sense And was darn lucky that her cloak was brilliantEtcVivian Vande Velde brings her uirky humor and gifted storytelling to the tale of Red Riding Hood Eight different versions None any realistic than the original Many of them every bit as entertaining

  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    Though this book was good it wasn't great Would I pay 15 dollars for it? Nah Would I pay 5 bucks for it? Yeah probably

  8. Skedatt Skedatt says:

    To tell you truthfully I had read the Rumpelstiltskin Problem a long time ago and remembered that the last version of the story was really funny I was hoping to find the same true here Which some of them were I really enjoyed the retelling having the grandmother be a werewolf The image of having a wolf rifle through her closet trying to find four matching shoes makes me smile The doll coming to life is probably my least favorite The stories are worth reading in that they don't take very long and have a lot of different perspectives that are really fun to read Now for the premise of the book Vivian Vande Velde says she wrote the book to explain away the lack of character development and plot holes in the Red Ridinghood story Instead of telling us the historical context of the story and some of the interpretations thereof she rails on it for its lack of modernityI have problems with fairy tales being judged by today's standard of story writing To take a folktalefairytalemyth and rip it apart talking about the motivations of the characters etc is a bit excessive That is why there are so many re tellings out there on the market They take the story with all of its perceived faults and then fleshes it out for the modern reader A modern reader who can read in the first place and can afford to be concerned about the literary merits of a story than about whether or not their family will survive the winter or die of some strange malady or the next invasion by bandits andor armies And that doesn't even bring up though I just have the merits of these stories as teaching tales with a moral which you may or may not agree with in their historical context I am glad for the retellings of such tales; I like uite a few of them but don't get on your proverbial high horse about plot holes without explaining where the folktalefairytalemyth came from But that is the historian in me talking I suppose not the editor wielding a red pen of doom

  9. Lorena Lorena says:

    This book started out bad for me – with an author’s note in which she makes fun of the original Grimm’s Little Red Riding HoodEveryone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different speciesThe uestion is Why do we all know it?If you look at “Little Red Riding Hood” it’s a perfect example of the exact opposite of a good storyNow I accept that everyone’s tastes are different and it’s obvious that Ms Vande Velde does not hold Little Red Riding Hood in high regard “a strange and disturbing story that should not be shared with children” Which is fine But by stating in the beginning of her book that the original tale is “not a good story” she does alienate those who actually like the Grimm’s tale I don’t know if it was a weak attempt at humor or if she thought that stating her opinion as a fact was a good way to beginn a retellingI didn’t like the eight new versions in Cloaked in Red There was nothing inherently wrong with them they were nothing special nor were they anywhere close to being better than the original They just fell flat While the stories are all a retelling they just take the superficial things from the original story ie the red cloak grandmother wolf etc but nothing deeper nothing meaningfulSo whether or not the original Little Red Riding Hood is good or not is subjective No uestion but what it does have is a deeper meaning There are all kinds of versions out there about what the story warns about One can analyze for hours about whom the wolf stands for and why Little Red Riding Hood didn’t recognize him as a danger when he was pretending to be her grandmother The eight versions in Cloaked in Red however don’t have any deeper meaning to them there is no hidden debth to them and nothing to make one think about They are just that Eight stories 15 stars

  10. Jill Jill says:

    This is an anthology of Little Red Riding Hood retellings There are eight different stories some better than others Velde also uses inspiration from other children's stories like Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel These are all silly funny stories kind of making fun of how ridiculous the Little Red Riding Hood is It was nothing special and not worth the time reading

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10 thoughts on “Cloaked in Red

  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    This was a nice short book of Red Riding Hood stories And I have to say no wolves were killed in this book or else I would set fire to those people Okay on with the stories The Red CloakThis story is about Meg who is sent out to her granny's house but she spies a wolf on the way She keeps going even though she is terrified and then she runs into a woodsman that is doing some illegal chopping of trees She asks him to help her but then he turns all menacing and she does some things to sic the wolf on him Let's just say he spends a lot of time up the tree's that belong to the King And Little Red skips merrily away lol The Red Riding Hood DollThis story was a little creepy Georgette was a seamstress in her mother's shop One day after dealing with a horrible customer Georgette decides to make herself a life size doll Her mother wasn't happy about this and told her she would take it out of her wages Georgette loved her little girl doll she always wanted a child of her own and now she does in a way She even has a little red cloak After spending the night in the woods with her doll she is awakened by the woodsmen to find out her doll came to life I was hoping it was going to be creepy but it wasn't so this was my least favorite story Little Red Riding Hood's FamilyThis is a story of Roselle who has to take supper to her granny because her mom sprained her ankle Roselle's father was afraid of granny because she had a temper This is one of my favorite stories because granny is not what she seems but Roselle isn't either Granny and the WolfIn this story the granny Nelda is out in the woods one day and she finds a wolf in a trap that she saves She takes the shite trap away as well She tends to the wound and the wolf decides to follow her home and stay with her Then of course everyone and their brother's uncle shows up to visit and she has to keep trying to hide the wolf But after getting rid of everyone she ends up telling Scarlet She took the news well and they decided the wolf would be enough protection for granny out in the woods alone So all three of them sat down and ate apple tarts and friend chicken Deems the Wood GathererThere was an old wood gatherer named Deems He was partially blind and he kept coming upon different people in the woods Or so he thought He tried to give each of them sound advice because he loved to help people I thought this one was pretty cool because he runs into the wolf and the three pigs the gingerbread man and hansel gretal and the witch Why Willy and His Brother Won't Ever Amount to AnythingThis is the story of Isolda she has a bunch of brothers and sisters and they all live with her parents in the apple orchard This story is just bizarre and not one of my favorites but the brothers that seem dumb as stumps end up being The Brothers GrimmThe Little Red HeadacheOne day a wolf is having a nice nap when someone steps on his tail Of course it hurt and he jumps up to find a little girl and she screams so loud it gives him a headache She runs away and leaves her basket he tries to yell to her but it came out all wolfy and scared her So being the nice wolf that he is he takes the basket to the granny's house and tells her what happened but she screams and then the little girls shows up and there is screaming Eventually the wolf runs away thinking they are all crazy Little Red Riding Hood's Little Red Riding HoodThat's a long title Anyway there is this really bratty girl that is actually a fairy godmother and she is always complaining about everything She hates her cloak but can only use magic once a day The fairy godmother was visiting the little baby Ruby Marie and since she hated the cloak so much she gave it to the baby and accidentally put a spell on the cloak to make it smart instead of the child Years later Ruby Marie's mom asks her to go see her granny because she was sick The cloak was not happy at all because of germs and Ruby Marie wasn't either because she was a brat On the way there they run into a wolf and the cloak keeps trying to help her get away almost strangling her They finally get to the house where the wolf was hiding The cloak kept trying to strangle her and then strangle the wolf Ruby threw the cloak off and said she hated it basically and wished the fairy godmother never gave it to her A woodman passing heard all of the yelling and the wolf jumped out the window before he got caught Ruby told the woodsman he scared off her granny but granny was in the wardrobe Ruby wouldn't believe it though and the cloak had enough so it ran away too well slithered away It had many owners through the years but later on it found is true owner Obviously the last one was my favorite This was a cute little book and it's on kindle unlimited right now if anyone wants to read it MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    A collection of short stories each approaching the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” from a different uirky perspectiveEvery tale opens with a variation on “Once upon a time after x had been invented but before we had y” which pleasantly reminded me of The Princess Bride That represents most of the humor throughout the book—breaking the fourth wall cross references to other fairytales and anachronisms in abundance The very ending of the last story had me in stitches Sometimes Vande Velde’s wit can be a little too sharp; I felt like the cameo by the child Grimm Brothers bordered on mean spirited but your mileage may vary Content Advisory Some of the tales can get a wee bit spooky in a Halloween special sort of way see especially the one where the doll comes to life or the one where the man with terrible eyesight can’t tell what he’s looking at Mild rude humor throughout Two brief but eyebrow raising sexual references in the preface—the Wolf donning Granny’s nightclothes and climbing into her unoccupied bed is described as “kinky” and Vande Velde ponders aloud “what sort of relationship” Granny might have had with the Woodsman that he’d feel comfortable strolling into her cottage A short fun book for tweens and teens especially around Halloween The stories themselves could make for interesting a word which here means “warped and weird” bedtime tales but you might want to edit or skip the preface if you’re reading aloud with younger kids

  3. Mir Mir says:

    This book got my back up from the start by opening with an introduction that made fun of the Red Riding Hood story in particularly lame and stupid ways First of all don't try to be funny if you don't know how thinking about the VVV books I've read humor is a weak point for her Second isn't it some kind of party foul to make fun of the very thing you are ripping off to sell your not very good short stories? Because most of the stories here were pretty weak The couple that were better really aren't related to Red Riding Hood and felt like she stuck in a couple extraneous details to make them marginally relevant Overall it felt like she had one Red Riding Hood inspired story and decided to throw together some other discarded writing to make a collection just so she could have a book to take advantage of the current popularity of this subgenre of YA Thumbs down

  4. Cara Cara says:

    Have you ever thought that the story of Little Red Riding Hood was kind of lame? If so this is the book for youThe author in the beginning gives an introduction of why she felt the need to give this fairy tale it's due To be honest I always thought the story was boring and definitely left a lot to be desired Here we have a collection of stories that give a new take to Little Red The stories range from a creepy doll coming to life all the way to a red cloak having a mind of it's own Some are comical and others ironic A good array of different prespectives are presented hereI'm usually horrible with short stories I always need and still feel like that most of the time It would have been interesting to see a full fleged novel with one of the ideas It would be hard to do though A lot of backstory would have to be done Regardless of that I did enjoy the book and feel better about the story After reading this I will absoulutely be reading from Vivian Vande Velde

  5. Kristina Kristina says:

    This short anthology of Red Riding Hood adaptations is excellent Clever witty and creative each story spins the classic tale in new and inventive directions The introduction alone is worth the time although the entire book can be read in an hour or two From misunderstood wolves to nasty little girls the author brings us into the woods and ultimately reveals eight fascinating paths out These stories are suitable for all ages and would be excellent read aloud as well Highly recommended 🐺📚

  6. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Red Riding Hood was once a young lady who Was so ashamed of the cloak her mother had dyed red that the girl felt compelled to sneak around the edge of town in wolf infested woods Wanted a child so badly that she designed her own life size child doll Had to deliver her grandmother’s dinner because her father was afraid to go over to Grandma’s house It being a full moon and all Found her neighbors Willy and Jacob extraordinarily annoying had absolutely no common sense And was darn lucky that her cloak was brilliantEtcVivian Vande Velde brings her uirky humor and gifted storytelling to the tale of Red Riding Hood Eight different versions None any realistic than the original Many of them every bit as entertaining

  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    Though this book was good it wasn't great Would I pay 15 dollars for it? Nah Would I pay 5 bucks for it? Yeah probably

  8. Skedatt Skedatt says:

    To tell you truthfully I had read the Rumpelstiltskin Problem a long time ago and remembered that the last version of the story was really funny I was hoping to find the same true here Which some of them were I really enjoyed the retelling having the grandmother be a werewolf The image of having a wolf rifle through her closet trying to find four matching shoes makes me smile The doll coming to life is probably my least favorite The stories are worth reading in that they don't take very long and have a lot of different perspectives that are really fun to read Now for the premise of the book Vivian Vande Velde says she wrote the book to explain away the lack of character development and plot holes in the Red Ridinghood story Instead of telling us the historical context of the story and some of the interpretations thereof she rails on it for its lack of modernityI have problems with fairy tales being judged by today's standard of story writing To take a folktalefairytalemyth and rip it apart talking about the motivations of the characters etc is a bit excessive That is why there are so many re tellings out there on the market They take the story with all of its perceived faults and then fleshes it out for the modern reader A modern reader who can read in the first place and can afford to be concerned about the literary merits of a story than about whether or not their family will survive the winter or die of some strange malady or the next invasion by bandits andor armies And that doesn't even bring up though I just have the merits of these stories as teaching tales with a moral which you may or may not agree with in their historical context I am glad for the retellings of such tales; I like uite a few of them but don't get on your proverbial high horse about plot holes without explaining where the folktalefairytalemyth came from But that is the historian in me talking I suppose not the editor wielding a red pen of doom

  9. Lorena Lorena says:

    This book started out bad for me – with an author’s note in which she makes fun of the original Grimm’s Little Red Riding HoodEveryone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different speciesThe uestion is Why do we all know it?If you look at “Little Red Riding Hood” it’s a perfect example of the exact opposite of a good storyNow I accept that everyone’s tastes are different and it’s obvious that Ms Vande Velde does not hold Little Red Riding Hood in high regard “a strange and disturbing story that should not be shared with children” Which is fine But by stating in the beginning of her book that the original tale is “not a good story” she does alienate those who actually like the Grimm’s tale I don’t know if it was a weak attempt at humor or if she thought that stating her opinion as a fact was a good way to beginn a retellingI didn’t like the eight new versions in Cloaked in Red There was nothing inherently wrong with them they were nothing special nor were they anywhere close to being better than the original They just fell flat While the stories are all a retelling they just take the superficial things from the original story ie the red cloak grandmother wolf etc but nothing deeper nothing meaningfulSo whether or not the original Little Red Riding Hood is good or not is subjective No uestion but what it does have is a deeper meaning There are all kinds of versions out there about what the story warns about One can analyze for hours about whom the wolf stands for and why Little Red Riding Hood didn’t recognize him as a danger when he was pretending to be her grandmother The eight versions in Cloaked in Red however don’t have any deeper meaning to them there is no hidden debth to them and nothing to make one think about They are just that Eight stories 15 stars

  10. Jill Jill says:

    This is an anthology of Little Red Riding Hood retellings There are eight different stories some better than others Velde also uses inspiration from other children's stories like Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel These are all silly funny stories kind of making fun of how ridiculous the Little Red Riding Hood is It was nothing special and not worth the time reading

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