Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolfby Trisha Speed Shaskan, Gerald Guerlais
OF COURSE you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you...
Children's Literature - Beverley FaheyIt seems that the Big Bad Wolf is actually a vegetarian that likes all varieties of apples. One day the very hungry Wolf meets Red Riding Hood in the forest and she looks as delicious as a ripe red apple. With directions to Granny's house he arrives to find the sweet old woman who reminds him of a Granny Smith apple and swallows her whole. When Little Red appears the Wolf, in bed in Granny's shawl and night cap, salivates as Little Red admires herself in the mirror. Her eyes are like apple seeds to Wolf, her ears like apple slices, her lips like a Red Delicious apple and so on until the Wolf cannot help himself (he is a vegetarian after all) and he eats her all up. Bold, flat, full page illustrations show a sharp contrast between the bright red dressed girl and the black leering wolf. It is not as imaginative and clever as the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka but it could serve as an introduction for a lesson on point of view. In fact a Think About It section encourages readers to explore other fairy tales and write their own version. As a one-on-one read it will elicit a few chuckles without being truly memorable but it does have great classroom possibilities. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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