Blog Tour: RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (Giveaway)

Blog Tour: RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (Giveaway)

Last year I read and reviewed one of Shurtliff’s other retelling books, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk , and really loved it! I really can’t wait to read this one and definitely had to say yes when I was invited to do this blog tour! These MG novels are some I HIGHLY recommend for kids, and any age really! 


If you could be any fairy-tale character, who would you be and what would you do?

Off the top of my head, if I could choose to be any fairy-tale character in the world it seems logical that I would choose to be someone magical, powerful, or part-human, like a mermaid. I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. As a child I fantasized about it at the pool. I’d put those diving rings around my ankles and try to swim like a mermaid. (It’s pretty tough without fins.) 

But that was childhood. Now I am a grown woman, a wife and mother of three children, so I’m drawn more to the practical. Life is very busy. When I’m not surrounded by people and noise, I’m surrounded by their messes and stuff, which creates its own kind of noise. So, keeping that in mind, if I could choose to be any fairy-tale character in the world, I would be Rapunzel. 

Yep. Locked in a high tower with a mile of hair, no one for company except a witch, who, from all I can gather, doesn’t visit all that often. This translates into lots of me time. ME! No one to cook for or clean up after. No deadlines. I’d read all those books piling up on my nightstand. I’d do yoga every day. I could probably use my own hair as a mat, so long as it’s woven in just the right way. (I’d have time to figure that out.) 

At night I would star gaze and teach myself the constellations. If I started to feel really lonely, I’d sing songs to myself, and to the birds, because honestly, any self-respecting princess-in-a-tower will sing to birds. 

Eventually, after many years, I will start to feel lonely, like something is missing in my life, but I’m not sure what. It’s like a little hole somewhere in my chest or stomach or brain, and no matter what I do or eat or sing, nothing seems to fill it. In fact it seems to be getting bigger. I’ll talk to the witch about this hole, and she’ll brush it off as hormones, until one day the thing that has been missing suddenly appears. Chocolate. The witch left a chunk of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. I pick it up, sniff it, take a bite and the hole is suddenly filled. 

That evening, a stranger comes to the tower. He’s handsome and I feel strangely drawn to him. Sort of like the pressure I feel on my head when the witch is climbing my hair, but more pleasant. He’ll ask me if I want to escape the tower and run away with him, have some children and do all the cooking and laundry. 

“Is there chocolate?” I’d ask. 

“As much as you want,” he’d say. 

It sounds like a fair trade to me, so I climb down using my own hair. (Why didn’t I think of this before?!) 

And we’ll live happily ever after, with lots of noise, messes, children, and chocolate.  


Blog Tour: RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (Giveaway)Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
on April 12th 2016
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Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don't miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, "a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage" (Booklist).


About Liesl Shurtliff

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Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the mountains for her playground. Just like Rump, Liesl was shy about her name, growing up. Not only did it rhyme with weasel, she could never find it on any of those personalized key chains in gift shops. But over the years she’s grown to love having an unusual name—and today she wouldn’t change it for the world!
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children, where she still dreams of the mountains. Rump is her first novel.



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So guys, same question for you-

What fairy-tale character would you be and why?


  1. Britt @ Please Feed The Bookworm says:

    This made me laugh so hard. I loved it. If I could be in a fairytale I would pick Alice in Wonderland. I would fit right in. I’m very curious about these books cause I love fairy tales and I love mg so ….ya know. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  2. Sarah Cone says:

    I’d choose Alice in Wonderland because during her adventures, she not only meets some truly unique characters but the adventure and characters together force her to discover who she is&what she wants which leads to aquiring self acceptance&confidence.

  3. Carina Olsen says:

    Ahh, these books looks SO CUTE 😀 Wishing I could read them. <3 But can't afford to buy them just yet. Ugh. One day, I hope 😀 So glad you love them Crystal. <3 Stunning blog tour post sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing about this book 😀

  4. Aaron says:

    I am entering on behalf of my family two kids vote for Rapunzel (she has awesome hair and doesn’t really sit around), my wife also votes for Rapunzel. I vote for Puss in Boots as he seems to be able to get his way (in Shrek anyways). Honorable mention to The Huntsman for me.

  5. Tod says:

    Sleeping Beauty is a favorite of mine and not just because I like the idea of waking up as a lovely blonde after a couple centuries of slumber!

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  7. Giulia Mancosu (jiujiuk7) says:

    Hello Crystal! Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity!! My favourite fairy tale is Alice nel paese delle meraviglie (it is the Italian name for Alice in wonderland)!! I still love it and I adore the retellings!! Kisses from Italy

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