Children's Books

Little Rude Riding Hood by Jo Franklin | NetGalley Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about?

Little Red Riding Hood is so rude to everyone around her that people have started calling her Little Rude. On her way to her grandmother Little Rude learns what the consequences of rudeness are the hard way.

What I think about it

Retellings are always fun, especially when they take on a humorous note. I was drawn in by the cover, mostly because I felt sorry for the polite and well-mannered wolf. Little Rude never says ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ and her parents (polite people) don’t know what to do with their cheeky daughter. Little Rude is known throughout town for her rudeness.

Things Little Rude does:

  • Cutting in line
  • Blowing the raspberry
  • Taking the biggest cakes all for herself
  • Never writing thank you letters
  • Taking things for granted

Little Rude Riding Hood is a fun book for children to learn how important it is to be polite and say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’. I wish rude adults in real life would meet the same consequences for rudeness instead of getting what they want just because they behave like a tantrum-throwing-toddler 😀

The book has a good balance of coloured illustrations and text. I’d say a parent could easily read this book to a four year old or a first former might attempt to read it themselves. Short sentences and after almost every paragraph the text is interrupted by an adorable illustration. The art style appealed to me a lot and I think children would like it as well.


Little Rude Riding Hood takes a classic fairy tale and gives it a humorous twist, perfect for children. It teaches in a fun way how important it is to be polite to people. I can imagine children loving this book because it doesn’t preach and it’s not on-the-nose-pedagogical and educational. It’s funny and the illustrations are absolutely lovely.


  • Author: Jo Franklin
  • Pages: 32
  • For Ages: 6 and up
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • Release Date: March 1, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781789502466

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