Back of Book:
Because Little Red only speaks in verse, it’s tough for her to make friends. The schoolyard bully, Big Brad Wolf, is always picking on her. One day, her grandma shows her a flyer for a poetry contest, and Little Red thinks it could be her big chance to make a friend. But on the day of the contest, Big Brad Wolf sneaks up on Little Red and scares the rhyme right out of her—and into him! How will they rhyme their way out of this dilemma?
I received a copy of this picture book from Albert Whitman in exchange for an honest review.
I am such a fan of fractured fairy tales, they offer readers a unique twist of a classic story. Sue Fliess has written a story that blended fractured fairy tales, with an important message of friendship.
The story follows a young girl who loves speaking in rhyme. Her classmates do not understand her love of rhyme. Big Brad Wolf especially enjoys picking on her. When Little Red sees a poetry contest, she hopes that she will meet some like-minded friends. When the day arrives, Big Brad Wolf scares the rhyme from Red onto himself. Together they must find a way to perform in the poetry contest.
I have mentioned several times that Social and Emotional Learning is a hot topic in my school this year. Every day, we discuss a new concept in my classroom to help my students grow. When I read Little Red Rhyming Hood, I knew it was a perfect addition to my daily discussions. I love that Big Brad Wolf starts as a bully, and ends as a friend. I loved the message that being friends, is much better than being enemies. The rhyming scheme of the text flows well and is not forced, or awkward. The illustrations by Petros Bouloubasis are bright and full of comical details that will make readers laugh. This is an endearing story with a message that gives readers a lot to contemplate.
Ages 5 and up