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A Fractured Fairy Tale Book Review

I just love fractured fairy tales and The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf, and Grandma did NOT disappoint!  And when I read it to my class of 6 and 7-year-olds they thought it was hilarious.

Author and Illustrator: Diane and Christyan Fox

Publishing Info: Scholastic Press, 2014

Theme: Fiction, Fractured Fairy Tale

Suitable For: Ages 4 to 8

Opening: "What's this?" "It's a story about a little girl ... who always wears a red cape with a hood."

Synopsis: Cat tries to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but Dog, who absolutely adores super heroes, keeps interrupting, convinced that Red Riding Hood must have some super powers.

Why I Like This Book: I really enjoyed the exchange between the cat and dog. The dog interrupts constantly but his questions are good ones, and encourage the reader to think about fairy tales and the messages they send.

My favourite comment by Dog is near the end of the book when Cat says, "And they all lived happily ever after." Dog is thinking "I'm not sure that the wolf was very happy in the end." Which is perfect, because that never gets talked about, does it? The fact that the wolf gets killed, as though that kind of violence is an acceptable way for solving a problem.

I also enjoyed the illustrations. They're super simple (as can be seen on the cover), but I liked the simplicity and all the white space. To me it just seemed kind of refreshing.


Story Extensions:

1. Be sure to read the classic fairy tale first so that the two stories can be compared and contrasted.

2. Dog asks a LOT of interesting questions. After reading the book, encourage your students to ask their own questions. It's fun to sit in a big circle and have the kids answer or comment on everyone's questions. This is a great way to get them all thinking more deeply.

3. After a big discussion, have the kids draw a picture that represents their thoughts or feelings about the story. If that's too hard, they can draw their favourite part, or the part that confused them. Be sure to share afterwards with the whole class.

4. If you're looking for something quick and easy, then you might like this simple writing and colouring activity:

Fill in the Speech Bubble. A Cat, Dog and Little Red activity.

5. OR, you could do a directed drawing of Cat and Dog (just use the pics in the book as a guide) and have the kids add their own speech bubbles.

6. Finally, here's a video teaser so you can get a better idea of what the book's about:


I hope you enjoyed this review and the activities!  


I have lots more book reviews here.

And you can find even more at Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday posts.

A book review of The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf and Grandma. Includes some free story extensions.


4 comments

  1. this looks too funny to not read! And I can totally see cat v dog with their interpretations of a classic tale. I, too, wonder why, if she has a cape, she isn't a superhero!

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    1. Exactly! If you're wearing a cape, what else could you be? Thanks for stopping by, Sue :)

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  2. Hi Barb, This was perfect! I am just starting a Fairy Tale Unit. I liked the Compare and Contrast part. Can I borrow your book. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Absolutely! I'll bring it to school tomorrow. Hopefully your kids get a kick out of it:)

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