'Red Hood' is a little girl who is on her way to Grandma's in Mr. Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes. The story follows the initial plot of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf even seems rather mischievous. But the similarities to the familiar, and rather gruesome folktale, end there.
The wolf in this story is a vegetarian and distracts Grandma with a free bingo ticket so he can challenge the little girl to a chess match. Just as Mr. Wolf wins at chess (and is about to devour his earned reward of ginger cupcakes), a passing entomologist bursts in to discover the pair. The scientist and the reader then simultaneously discover that nothing scarier than ginger crumbs is going on.
This digital book is adorable, with a humorous take on a familiar story that is nicely narrated with music and beautiful illustrations. The tale is not animated or interactive, but it makes up for this with lots of charm. It's even a great bedtime read. It features lots of easy to navigate settings and is also solidly made. The font is quirky, with a hand-drawn look that suits the pictures beautifully, but could be difficult for some younger readers. Otherwise, it is perfect, becoming our favorite digital 'red riding hood' story. Highly recommended.
English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Simplified & Traditional Chinese.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Lucia Masciullo/Vincenzo Pignatelli
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8 +
English • Spanish •Italian •Japanese •
This non-traditional re-telling of the 'red-riding hood' story sticks to the basic plot of a little 'red-hooded' girl on her way to grandma's. She even encounters a rather un-trustworthy wolf along the way.
The wolf is devious, trying to get to grandma's first and distracting grandma by pretending to be the postman. But this version has the wolf actually trying to get the baked goods in the basket, a set of delicious 'ginger cupcakes'. Instead of devouring the girl, the wolf just gobbles up the cupcakes.
An entomologist, passing by, interrupts the girl and wolf playing chess, catching the wolf doing nothing more than eating up all the cakes. The wolf says he's even a vegetarian. Grandma, meanwhile is at a bingo game (the wolf gives her a free ticket to get her out of the way). The story ends with all the major characters eating a fine supper with yummy baked goods for dessert.