Published in Revolting Rhymes, Roald Dahl’s narrative poem, “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”, is a humorous, contemporary spin on the well known fairy tale. In this version, Miss Riding Hood has an unexpected surprise for Wolf!
Wolf decides he is in the mood for a decent meal and knocks on Grandma’s door. Terrified, Grandma knows she will be eaten. Wolf is not satisfied with the Grandma, since she was small and tough, so he decides to wait for Little Red Riding Hood to return from her walk in the woods. The wolf dresses in grandma’s clothes, curls his hair, and waits in Grandma’s chair.
When the little girl comes in, she comments on Wolf’s big ears and eyes; the wolf responds that they will help hear and see her better. The wolf is quite happy that he is about to eat the child, but the little girl compliments the wolf’s fur coat. The wolf gets angry at her for saying the wrong line, but states that he will eat her anyway. Little Red Riding Hood smiles at this, pulls out a pistol hidden in her knickers, and shoots the wolf.
A few weeks later, the narrator comes upon Little Red Riding Hood in the woods and finds that she looks much different; she is not wearing her red cloak. Instead, she wears a lovely, furry, wolf-skin coat.