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30 Little Red Riding Hood Stories, Retellings and Fractured Fairy Tales

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Little Red Riding Hood is one of those classic Brothers Grimm tales that has become part of our cultural understanding. Most have a firm grasp of at least the basic story summary: a little girl wearing some red apparel goes into a forest, neglects her mother’s instruction to not wander or talk to strangers, and meets a wolf twice—once along the path and once at grandmother’s house. From this basic premise, however, emerges a whole host of modern retellings of Little Red Riding Hood. Some are the Little Red Riding Hood Story with pictures so gorgeous they alone are enough to set the retelling apart such as Daniel Egneus’ version. Some tell of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf from the Wolf’s perspective as in Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! There are cultural Little Red Riding Hood adaptations as well as modern interpretations and twists that are just plain awesome—Ninja Little Red Riding Hood is a favorite! There is something for everything in the new world of adaptations!

Without further ado, wander through this list of Red Riding Hood stories and don’t be afraid to doddle! Did we miss a favorite of yours? Tell us!

Betsy Red Hoodie book
Betsy Red Hoodie
Written by Gail Carson Levine and illustrated by Scott Nash
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Betsy is finally old enough to take cupcakes to Grandma all by herself—with the company of her faithful sheep, of course. And although wolves aren’t good for grandmas, Betsy lets her best friend, Zimmo, come along too. But will Zimmo’s wolfish instincts make Grandma the tasty treat instead? In her second picture book starring the feisty young shepherd Betsy, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine teams up once again with Scott Nash to put a hilarious twist on an old favorite. This reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood is sure to delight readers from little lambs to cupcake-loving grandmas.

Little Red Riding Hood book
Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Daniel Egneus
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is all about the illustrations and they are absolutely stunning. They do feel geared towards an older audience, however, so keep that in mind.

Illustrator Daniel Egnéus recreates the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale in this unique graphic edition. Evoking the sensuous, romantic, and stunningly creative imagery that captivated audiences of Twilight and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Egnéus’ arresting visual interpretation of the Red Riding Hood story will stir the imagination of every reader inspired by tales of magic and adventure.

Little Red Riding Hood book
Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Brothers Grimm and Trina Schart Hyman and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Grammy

This is a beautiful version of a classic tale. There are many rich details in the text fleshing out the story so that Red Riding Hood could be a real little girl, with personality, like someone you might meet. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!—full page, every page, and rich with color. When my daughter moves away and takes her copy with her, I will need a new one of my own.

On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf.

Ninja Red Riding Hood book
Ninja Red Riding Hood
Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A punny and inventive twist on the Little Red Riding Hood classic full of ninja moves, a more interesting Wolf and way tougher Red and Grandma. The rhyme scheme on this is AWESOME and makes for a delightful read aloud and the illustrations are punchy and fun.

Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire 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!

Lon Po Po book
Lon Po Po
Written and illustrated by Ed Young
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8


“(Young’s) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator’s best efforts.” —Booklist

“Absolutely splendid.” — Kirkus Reviews. “An extraordinary and powerful book.” — Publisher’s Weekly

The now-classic Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and one of the most celebrated picture books of our time.

  1. Little Red Riding Hood - A little girl on her way to visit her grandmother meets a hungry wolf in the forest, in a version of the classic tale retold with a single word or brief phrase and an accompanying illustration on each spread.

  2. Little Red Riding Hood - In this inspired rendering of the classic Grimm Brothers folktale, five-time Caldecott Honor winning artist Jerry Pinkney introduced two favorite children’s characters to a new generation: the sly, scary wolf and the sweet little girl in her famous red hood. Readers will squeal with delight all over again during that most memorable scene when Little Red Riding Hood declares, “Oh, Grandmamma, what great teeth you have!” Pinkney’s charming, masterfully-wrought illustrations—as warm and cozy as LIttle Red’s cloak and as captivating ast he clever wold himself—are sure to lure you into the heart of this treasured tale.

  3. Little Red Riding Hood - Grandma, what big TEETH you have! When Little Red Riding Hood sets off through the woods with a basket of goodies for Grandma, who should she run into but a big, bad wicked wolf? The dilly-dallying girl says goodbye thinking that’s the last she’ll see of him—but she’s in for a big surprise. This charming retelling of a timeless favorite is especially designed for reading to young children, with simple language and appealing, amusing illustrations.

  4. Little Red Riding Hood - Gennady Spirin, in his adaptation of the Brother Grimms’ earliest version of “Little Red Cap”, tells the story of a young girl in a red hood who takes a cake to her sick grandmother. Along the way, she meets a wicked wolf who tricks her into thinking he’s her granny. Sumptuous illustrations, inspired by the golden age of Dutch painting in the 17th century and Renaissance, capture the charm and spirit of a tale that has remained steadfast in oral and written versions throughout the centuries. An Author’s note about the tale’s history is included.

Little Red Riding Hood book
Little Red Riding Hood
Written and illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A version of the classic story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf, set in nineteenth-century rural New England.

Little Red Hot book
Little Red Hot
Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Little Red Hot loves red hot chilli peppers. She eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When her grandmother catches a cold, Little Red makes her a hot pepper pie that will “knock those cold germs right out of her”. But before Little Red shares her pie with Grandma, she meets Señor Lobo. The pie comes in very handy when the wily wolf tries to trick her into thinking he’s her grandmother.

Red Riding Hood book
Red Riding Hood
Written and illustrated by James Marshall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Mother always told Red Riding Hood not to talk to strangers. But the wolf she met on the way to Granny’s was so charming and urbane. What could be the harm of telling him that she was on her way to Granny’s pretty yellow house on the other side of the woods? Who could be a better escort than the big-eyed, long armed, big-toothed wolf?

The inimitable James Marshall, whom Publishers Weekly described as a “specialist in absurdity,” embellishes a familiar tale with irreverent flourishes that will have young readers - and their elders as well - rolling with laughter all the way through to the madcap finale.

Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale book
Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale
Written and illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When Little Red Riding Hood sets off to deliver muffins to her grandmother, you can bet that a big bad wolf isn’t far behind! Set on the midwestern prairie, this is a Little Red Riding Hood that will captivate youngsters with its feisty heroines and bold humor. Especially to be relished is the way the story line plays against the classic tale’s plot, with laugh-provoking lines that show true wit. As the dastardly wolf chuckles, appreciating his own schemes, the text soars, suspense builds, and vibrant pictures bring out all of the fun.

Little Red Writing book
Little Red Writing
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story.

  1. Little Red Riding Hood - This beautiful edition of the classic tale is re-designed in celebration of 50 years of working with Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, known in Europe simply as Bernadette. When a young girl sets out to bring friendship and a treat to her ailing grandmother a wolf tricks her. This cautionary tale with a happy ending is retold with simple charm and illustrated with glowing paintings by one of the world’s great interpreters of folk- and fairy tales. This edition of the cherished story is sure to be a favorite.

  2. Carmine: A Little More Red - The Book Snob Mom - This book is an alphabet book, as well as a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a bit of a twist. Sensitive readers will enjoy that Grandma and Red don’t actually get eaten (the wolf only takes the soup bones home to her pups) and the illustrations are great, but the alphabet backbone of the story felt random and forced and the entire thing fell a little flat for me.

  3. The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood - Little readers will love second-guessing this funny, fractured fairy tale that replays the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the poor maligned wolf’s point of view. No, please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you? It was the old woman who started it. Everyone knows there are at least two sides to every story, and if you believe in the big-eared, sharp-toothed villain of Little Red Riding Hood, there’s a logical explanation for everything. As our antihero tells it, it all starts with the helpful wolf doing odd jobs for Grandma (are you sure you don’t want to sit a little closer?). How was he to know that he spoiled Little Red would come along and ruin a good working relationship? Zooming in dramatically from strategic angles, the amusing illustrations offer visual clues that this is a story to be taken with a grain of salt — and a lot of giggling.

  4. Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa - When Granny asks Pretty Salma to go to the market one day, she warns her not to talk to strangers. But cunning Mr. Dog tricks Salma, and before she knows it, he’s wearing her stripy ntama, her pretty white beads, and her yellow sandals. And he’s on his way to Granny’s house! African culture and flavor infuse this inventive retelling of a favorite fairy tale, and the vibrant lively illustrations bring it to life. The result is a story that combines new and old and spans cultures as successfully as it has spanned the centuries.

Little Red Riding Hood (Folk Tale Classics) book
Little Red Riding Hood (Folk Tale Classics)
Written and illustrated by Paul Galdone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Once upon a time there was a sweet little maiden who was loved by all who knew her . . .” So begins this classic tale about Little Red Riding Hood and her encounter with the wolf one day when she is on her way to visit her sick grandmother. Paul Galdone has drawn on the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood, and lends beautiful, vibrant illustrations to his exciting retelling of this classic fairy tale. Small children and Paul Galdone’s older fans will cheer as the old tale comes enchantingly alive in lovely, nostalgic, full-color pictures.

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf book
Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf
Written by Rachael Mortimer and illustrated by Liz Pichon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Little Wolf doesn’t want to be a Big Bad Wolf. But when she is sent to gather ingredients for dinner and she meets Red Riding Hood, she doesn’t know what to do. Together the unlikely duo finds a surprising solution to Little Wolf’s big problem! Packed with humor and rich, colorful illustrations, this twisted fairy tale is a story time winner.

Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf book
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf
Written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Gerald Claude Guerlais
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

You think you know the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”? THINK AGAIN! This retelling of the classic story, told from the wolf’s perspective, will give you a fresh spin on this famous tale. Was the wolf just really hungry for apples? Was Little Red Riding Hood rotten? This fun fractured tale will leave you with a whole new understanding of the classic story.

Little Red book
Little Red
Written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends. The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details. Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared. And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. Even her latest comic book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending— which is proving to be awkward. As doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

Petite Rouge book
Petite Rouge
Written by Mike Artell and illustrated by Jim Harris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When her grand-mère comes down wit’ de flu, this Cajun Little Red knows what she has to do. With her witty cat, TeJean, she sets off in a pirogue to bring Grand-mère some gumbo. Who should she meet upon the way, but that big ol’ swamp gator, Claude! Mean ol’ Claude may want to gobble up Petite Rouge, but she and TeJean have a better idea. Before long, they have Claude running back to the bayou where he belongs!

  1. Super Red Riding Hood - Ruby loves to play superhero, so when her mother gives her a ñmissionî that takes her into the deep, dark woods, Ruby throws on her red cloak to become ƒ Super Red Riding Hood! Nothing can scare her „ except maybe coming face-to-face with a big bad wolf. What would a superhero do? A story of guts and girl power, this is a fun update on a familiar tale.

  2. Little Red Riding Hood - The Book Snob Mom - Utterly tame—the wolf eats no one, just throws Grandma in a closet and falls out a window when he tries to eat Red Riding Hood—this telling and illustration leaves something to be desired (it feels pretty meh) but would be ideal for sensitive readers looking for a basic retelling.

  3. Little Red Riding Hood - But Grandmother, what a big mouth you have! Even though she’s not supposed to talk to strangers on her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red Riding Hood can’t resist telling the Big Bad Wolf where she’s going. Will the Wolf gobble her all up—and Grandma, too?

  4. Isabel and the Hungry Coyote - A little girl on her way to Grandma’s house. A basket of goodies. A lurking scoundrel. Sound familiar? Yes, but this time, the Chihuahua Desert of the American southwest is the setting for a spiced-up retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Spunky Isabel outwits the cunning coyote with self-reliance and daring. Fiery tamales and chili sauce are the villain’s downfall. Also available in bilingual editions.

Very Little Red Riding Hood book
Very Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Teresa Heapy and illustrated by Sue Heap
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the story of the Very Little Red Riding Hood. Very Little Red Riding Hood is little. Very little. She’s off to her Grandmama’s for a sleepover, and she won’t let anything stand in her way. Not even a Wolf. Join Very Little Red Riding Hood on a very BIG adventure in the first book of this adorable new picture book series.

Little Red Cowboy Hat book
Little Red Cowboy Hat
Written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Randy Cecil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This whimsical take on Little Red Riding Hood brings new life to an old favorite.

Little Red Rhyming Hood book
Little Red Rhyming Hood
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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?

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