Retellings of fairy tales and myths have been super popular lately, and this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood has an extra boost to give it some oomph!

About the Book

Think you know the story of Little Red? Think again! This time Little Red is under the hood. What challenges will she encounter on her way to grandma’s this time?

Would you dare take a risk if your life depended on it? Especially on a day when everything seems to go wrong? Little Red dares to be different and takes bold risks as she ventures into a field that is out of the norm for girls.

Perfect for girls and boys ages 5 to 10 who love cars, fixing things, and fairy tales, this empowering story is a modern mashup between Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Little Red Driving Hood and the Three Repairs is a treat for little mechanics-in-the-making and girls who will grow up into empowered women with the choice to challenge gender roles for a better society.

My Thoughts

The blurb for this one is spot on, it is a mashup of Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears – though I saw more elements of the latter than the first. It was a really cute, modern-day telling of the story with I think a slightly different moral lesson. Instead of telling kids not to sneak into people’s houses – which is still a valid lesson, but maybe one we don’t need as much these days – this one seems to have a very different message.

Little Red is a confident, bright young girl, who has learned some important skills from her mom. Her mom has sent her to help out her grandma. On the way, she tries to help some others out, which is a noble thing to do. Unfortunately, she is a little overconfident in her abilities and things don’t work out quite like she hoped. And, rather than appreciating her help, some people get upset. So, Little Red, and the audience, have the opportunity to take away several lessons – perhaps more than the author even anticipated. Parents and teachers will have the opportunity to discuss overpromising one’s abilities, being overconfident, talking to strangers, placing blame on people, and probably additional issues that I also overlooked. This story is ripe with issues to discuss.

I am so grateful to the author, illustrator, and Love Books Tours for including me on this tour. What a lovely, modern take on a classic fairy tale.

Who’s It For?

This book is slated for kids ages five to ten. I think the older kids might find it a little below their level, however, they may be better able to pull some of the more complex meanings out of the story.

About the Author

Stacey Rayz was born and raised in the Caribbean.

She has always loved and surrounded herself with children and they have proved to be an inspiration to her venture into publishing her own children’s books.

Her children’s books are educational and teach important lessons. Some are just fun to read.

Stacey wants to make bedtime and playtime a fun experience for both parents and children.