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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
The story of Funny Fairy Tales: Red Riding Hood is similar to the classic tale. There’s Red, her grandmother and the wolf. However in Reut Barak's version, the old lady is evil and has told Red the story of the wolf just to scare her! Growing up, Red believed every bit of it and when she finally came face to face with a wolf, things took a turn for the worse. There are just some things you don’t forget, even when you are grown up!
Funny Fairy Tales: Red Riding Hood was so good, it was simply satisfying. A classic will always remain a classic and when people try to alter a specific story, it’s more possible that the new version will be rejected. Others would even simply refuse to read it. However, Reut Barak retold Red Riding Hood in a way that would make it impossible for any reader to hate it. The humor is just so great that you’ll be laughing at all of the funny lines. The story was always taking unexpected turns so that even when you are familiar with the chain of events, you will still end up surprised.
Then there were the characters: Red who is intelligent but naïve, the Grandmother who has quite the opposite personality from her granddaughter, and the wolf who is stereotyped. Despite the story being funny, the characters were given great importance and focus, making it all the more a successful retelling. There was a moral lesson (or two) to be learned, too. This is a refreshing read, a new take on an oldie which nobody should ignore. It’s an easy favourite in the end.