Saturday, August 8, 2015

Review: Little Red Riding Hood: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure by Eric Braun


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
In a battle of wits, who will win? Little Red or the Wolf? The epic struggle between the two takes some unexpected twists in this fractured retelling of the beloved fairy tale. Who do you trust? What do you do? When You Choose the path through three new versions of this fairy tale, the consequences can be chilling, surprising, or disastrous.
For ages 8-11. From the You Choose: Fractured Fairy tales series.
*Readers determine the outcome of their favorite fairy tales!*Mix of modern, historic, and fantastical settings and scenarios*Multiple points of view make for multidimensional stories *More than 2 million copies sold in You Choose series overall

MY TAKE:
I love choose-your-own-adventure stories, and this one is a pretty good alternative to the ones already out there.

In Little Red Riding Hood: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure, you are Little Red Riding Hood. There are three starting points or stories to choose from. One is the Little Red Riding Hood in the city, another is Little Red as a girl in the middle of a war, and the last is Little Red is a secret agent.

I loved that this book featured three new takes on the Little Red Riding Hood story. The first one I tried was the Little Red in the city. I got a good ending for that one. I liked that the hunter actually asks you if you want to learn where to get wolfsbane. It makes it clear that you/Red are ready to fight and not be a victim forever.

The second route I tried was the secret agent one. This one was, by far, my favorite, even though I got a bad ending for that one. I got a sad ending for the third route too. For both routes, I went the practical approach instead of what my instincts told me. Too bad. I still enjoyed the stories, though. I would have tried the routes more times but the app I was using while reading my e-ARC is kind of annoying to use when it comes to choose-your-own-adventure books plus it lags sometimes with image-heavy books so I had to stop after trying all three routes.

The illustrations are quite nice. It's definitely a good fit for a children's book, although I can't be more specific because it doesn't make me think of examples from other sources that are similar in style to the ones here.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Press for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are 46 choices and 22 possible endings, so you can read this for a pretty long time.
  2. The illustrations are a good fit to the mood of the book.
  3. The stories are fun, new versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story.

THE BAD:

  1. Some of the endings are a bit sad, and I felt a little bad for the other characters a couple of times.

READ IT IF:

  1. You like fairy tales.
  2. You like choose-your-own-adventure stories.
  3. You like new twists on old stories. 

RATING:
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