The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma

by Diane Fox

Other authorsChristyan Fox (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2014

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Scholastic Press (2014), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


Cat tries to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood aloud, but Dog keeps interrupting with silly questions.

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LibraryThing member lyssjj
Really cute book. Good picture cues and language appropriate for a first or second grader. Most of the text is dialogue, so this book is perfect for reading out loud.
LibraryThing member KMT01
This is a funny take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. The cat is trying to read the story, but the dog keeps interrupting the cat with countless, and often stupid, questions. I am sure this would appeal to an older child, though probably not to a young one. I personally found it funny.
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I think this might be a good book for the ever inquisitive (not that this is bad) youngster. It might also show this child the reason we sometimes get upset by their constant interruptions. It might help them understand the value of not continually asking questions, interrupting someone. However, as I sad, the constant questioning is not bad, though it can become a real test of one’s patience. It might help a teacher or story group reader illustrate the value of listening—which, itself, is a good skill to start learning as early as possible. All in all, the book is funny and definitely enjoyable and suitable to read to older children. I received this from Goodreads to read and review.
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LibraryThing member UnderMyAppleTree
Cat is telling a story… or tries to anyway. Dog keeps interrupting Cat with questions. He’s not really paying attention and keeps adding his own comments and interpretation of the story. In the end, Dog is a little confused:

"So let’s see if I have this right. The Red Hood is on her way to
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help an old lady when she meets the Wolfman. He has an evil plan. He likes to dress up in girls’ clothes and eat people. He and Red have a big battle and Red’s father puts an end to Wolfie."

Children who are familiar with the Little Red Riding Hood will be laughing at the absurdity of taking a fairy tale literally as I was. But even those who don’t know the tale, or are too young to understand the misinterpretation, will enjoy the interaction between Cat and Dog.

This is not a picture book but it does have cute comic book style sketches on every page along with the text, which is also in comic style above the head of the character that is speaking. There is also a little lesson in the story about not interrupting and paying attention to others, and is delivered with a fun dose of humor. And maybe a lesson there for adults too!
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Cat tries to read aloud "Little Red Riding Hood" while Dog insists on turning it into an action/adventure tale of superhero vs. supervillain. A good example of metafiction and great, cheeky fun.
LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read on July 07, 2015

Great one for the 4-7 age range (I think, I'm terrible at figuring out the appropriate age for picture books...).

Cat is reading a book and Dog wants to know what the book is about. As Cat begins explaining about "Little Red Riding Hood", Dog has a lot of hilarious opinions,
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observations, and guesses about what's going on.

Very funny!
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
Cat tries to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood aloud, but Dog keeps interrupting with silly questions.


Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2016)
Hampshire Book Awards (Shortlist — 2016)
Iowa Goldfinch Award (Nominee — 2017)




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