Liesl Shurtliff, Author of Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood | Selfie and a Shelfie

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Liesl Shurtliff | The Children’s Book Review | February 20, 2016

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Liesl Shurtliff’s Selfie with RED

I’m reading to my pet owl made of scrap metal, made by Utah artist Malen Pierson. (I love his stuff!) My kids named the owl “Hooters” while I was out one day and by the time I got home it was too late to change it.

I love nature, and RED has a strong focus on nature, animals and the connection we humans have to them.

Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl Shurtliff’s Shelfie

I have bookshelves all over the house, but my bookshelf in the living room is the one mostly seen by any guests. I think it really represents my reading tastes and personality. It’s a mixture of classics, both children’s and adult, YA and middle-grade fantasy and a fair amount of contemporary, mostly middle-grade. They’re organized largely by genre, but I’m not super organized. I have a very large fairytales section and most of my bookends have some kind of fairytale theme—a frog prince, a girl hanging by a giant, predatory vine that I like to pretend is a giant beanstalk. Resting at the top of the middle shelf are some vintage prints of Jack and the Beanstalk that my dad gave me for Christmas last year. I still need to get them framed! I like mixing old things with new things, and my taste in books and art is pretty eclectic. I’m not easily pleased and it’s hard to predict what will catch my interest, but when something does I love it to the moon.

Liesl Shurtliff Book Shelf


Red- The True Story of Red Riding HoodRED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD

Written by Liesl Shurtliff

Publisher’s Synopsis: Can’t get enough of the new fairy-tale-retelling trend? Don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s new dark, humorous stand-alone middle grade novel RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD (on sale April 12, 2016)!

Liesl Shurtliff spins a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on one of the most beloved characters from her award-winning debut, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This isn’t the Little Red Riding Hood from the canonical children’s tale. Shurtliff’s Red is strong, independent, brazen, and 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 weakness. Readers will gobble up this bewitching fantasy as they join Red on her journey of discovery through the sinister dangers of the enchanted dark forest.

Liesl Shurtliff’s first book, Rump, won over kids and critics alike, earning an IRA Award, a Texas Bluebonnet nomination, a Whitney nomination, and a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.”

In RED, Liesl Shurtliff is at her best. New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein raves that “Liesl Shurtliff has truly out-magicked herself. Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all.” RED will capture the hearts of readers who like it Grimm, as well as followers of ABC’s TV show Once Upon a Time.

Oh, reader, what big teeth you have! The better to devour RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD.

Ages 8-12 | Knopf Books for Young Readers | April 12, 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-0385755832

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About Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has spent many magical days and nights in the woods. For better or worse, she has never come in contact with a wolf. Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first book, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, was named to nine state award lists and won an IRA Children’s Book Award, as well as earning a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.” Her second book, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, was also a hit with both critics and kids. She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales. |TwitterFacebook

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    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella

  2. mrsshukra says:

    I like Beauty and the Beast!

  3. Carol L says:

    Beauty and the Beast is my personal favorite.

  4. Claire says:

    My favorite is The Little Mermaid.

  5. jessica garcia says:

    I love Little Red Riding Hood but i also Love Snow White .

  6. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I would have to say Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale.

  7. Raymond Stone says:

    In it to WIN it! Thank You!

  8. Stephanie Bonck says:

    I love the remakes of the fairy tales on Once Upon A Time. I love Snow White.

  9. Sharon Shirlen says:

    The Three Bears

  10. Nicole Himelright says:

    I love Cinderella!!

  11. Katie says:

    My favorite fairy tale is the Twelve Dancing Princesses

  12. Teresa Young says:

    My favorite Fairy Tale is The Ugly Duckling.

  13. apple blossom says:


  14. Julie Courter says:

    Beauty and the Beast would have to be one of my favorites? I am a librarian, hard to pick one!!?

  15. Annmarie Weeks says:

    I’ve always loved the Princes & the Pea!

  16. My favorite is Little Red Riding Hood and its variations. I love Flossie and the Fox and Lon Po Po.

  17. Gloria says:

    My favorite tale is Cinderella

  18. Nancy Jachcik says:

    Always enjoyed Hansel and Grettel

  19. Sharonc says:

    My favorite fairy tale is The Practical Princess.

  20. Darlene Cruz says:

    Jack & The Beanstalkids ooh, so wonderful.

  21. Darlene Cruz says:

    Jack & The Beanstalk, did I get it right? Yes, I did!

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