Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Review: Little Red Robin Hood by Amanda Bradburn

Little Red Robin Hood (The Underthieves, #1)
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Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for mild violence
Best for Ages: 12 and up

Description: Twelve-year old Robin Hood is the head of the Underthieves-- a small thieving guild-- and he's good at what he does. As he likes to put it, "The Best." But nothing pricks down The Best quite like... a lacy red cloak... that smells like... lavender? All because 'Grandma' wants an extra-special basket of Robin's stolen goods hand-delivered to her, and a Red Riding Hood is the best disguise available. It's not long until everything goes horribly--and laughably--wrong.

One never knows what to expect when someone tries to retell and/or or combine fairytales. They can range from brilliant to bizarre to just downright horrible. This, I am happy to report, was one of the brilliant ones.

Yes, this book is just what it sounds like: Robin Hood and Little Red Riding Hood rolled into one. The characters were brilliant. Robin Hood is twelve, and has to wear a girl’s cape to sneak information to grandma. Is that a brilliant twist or what?

There were a couple of points that weren’t very clear (like the wolves), but none of them kept me from enjoying this highly entertaining, fast-paced story. There was a lot of humor in the story. Robin kept me laughing, that’s for sure.

I highly recommend this short story for those who love fairytale retellings, entertaining reads, and stories with lots of humor.

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