James Thurber did not just fracture the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” he shattered it with this outrageous ending:
She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.
(Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.)
Grand -librarian, what a big shelf of 398.2 you have!
Pinkney, Jerry, Little Red Riding Hood. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Thurber, James, Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated. Harper Perennial, 1990.
Starbright Foundation (with various celebrities), Once upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories. Viking Juvenile, 2001.)