Little Red Riding Hood lives in the hearts of many—instilling in children everywhere a fear of cloaks and big, bad wolves, of course! Way down south in Louisiana there lives a girl named Clotilde, but everyone calls her Petite Rouge because of the beautiful cloak she wears.
One day, Petite Rouge hurries through the swamp on her pirogue to bring her sick grandmère some soothing shrimp étouffée. Along the way she meets a friendly gator, the one her mother always warned her about: Taille-Taille. Polite and well-spoken, Taille-Taille’s behavior belies the fact that all he wants to do is gobble up Rouge, and her hood, too!