Beware of the Storybook Wolves

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A brand new paperback edition of the picture book by the creator of Clarice Bean, including a new author letter from Lauren Child
 
The story of Herb's disastrous night when the wolves escape from his favorite storybook is packed with drama, humor, and wit—not least Herb's, as he tries to escape being eaten by the wolves. The one night his mom forgets to take his scariest storybook out of his bedroom, the wolves come to ...
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Overview


A brand new paperback edition of the picture book by the creator of Clarice Bean, including a new author letter from Lauren Child
 
The story of Herb's disastrous night when the wolves escape from his favorite storybook is packed with drama, humor, and wit—not least Herb's, as he tries to escape being eaten by the wolves. The one night his mom forgets to take his scariest storybook out of his bedroom, the wolves come to life, and Herb must turn for help to other fairy tale characters, like Cinderella's fairy godmother. This is a hilarious tale for young readers who know very well the pleasures of scary stories.

When two wolves escape one night from his fairy tale book and threaten to eat him, Herb enlists the reluctant help of Cinderella's fairy godmother.

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Herb just loves to ready storybooks, especially about the wolves in "Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs." Every night, per Herb's request, his mom takes those oh-so-scary books out of his room. One night she forgets this important task and Herb is visited by two sketchy wolves. Herb relies on the power of storybooks to save him in this sticky situation.
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"Exuberant pen-and-watercolor pictures reminiscent of Quentin Blake's art, only kicked up one dizzy notch. This goofy tale is fractured in all the right places."  —Booklist

"Child succeeds in dramatizing ambivalence to scary books, which provide excitement but harbor nightmarish creatures in their pages."  —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Jazzy graphics featuring collage elements and a chatty narrative spin out a fun fractured fairytale that succeeds in dramatizing ambivalence to scary books, said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Herb loves his Little Red Riding Hood picture book, with its lupine villain and its back-cover ad for "The Little Fierce Wolf and the Three Pink Piglets." He also prefers to keep the book at a distance, "Because there's a wolf in it, of course." One night, after his mother mistakenly leaves it on his bedside table, Herb smells wolf breath and hears "a deep rumbling sound... like the rumbling of a very hungry tummy." He flicks on the lamp and sees his two storybook wolves licking their chops. Herb grabs a fairy-tale treasury, flips to a picture of a fairy godmother "and shook it until she tumbled out of the book and onto the floor." With the godmother's help, the wolves are banished. Despite the tense situations, Child keeps the mood light with brightly patterned cut paper and collage elements like sequins and feathers. She alleviates dark areas with ample negative space and with backdrops of pale pink and robin's-egg blue. Her mock-threatening wolves have ridiculous pointy noses, prickly fur and incongruous coats and ties. The chatty narrative is not as effective here as it is in Child's Clarice Bean series; it reads a bit like an ad-lib, with too many twists and turns. Yet Child succeeds in dramatizing ambivalence to scary books, which provide excitement but harbor nightmarish creatures in their pages. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In a manner similar to that of Jon Scieszka, author Lauren Child brings characters or elements of traditional folk/fairy tales to life. Herb's mother reads to him every night, and many nights the book is Little Red Riding Hood. Herb's favorite picture is on the back cover¾it is the wolf. One night his mother forgets to take the book from his room, and Herb's imagination runs wild. The great wolf and the small wolf are in his room, and they take him on a trip through several famous fairytales. For the book to be funny and have meaning, children would have to be familiar with the original tales. The illustrations are simple and rather innocuous and do not add a great deal to the story. Although a bit contrived, the book would have wacky appeal for children and could be used as a companion book to the original tales. 2000, Arthur A. Levine, . Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: J. B. Petty
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Despite its eye-popping visual whimsy, this offering misses the mark on several fronts. Herb has a phobia about the wolves that populate his bedtime stories. His mother always takes the books away with her at night so the wolves that live inside it won't bother him while he sleeps. But one night she forgets, and Herb's worst fears are confirmed when two wolves materialize in his room, leading a parade of stock fairy-tale characters behind them. It doesn't take long for the Fairy Godmother to send Little Wolf off to the ball wearing Cinderella's dress and to turn Big Wolf into a caterpillar. After that, none of Herb's storybook plotlines are ever the same again. (Imagine a "tiny caterpillar trying with all his might to terrify a little girl in a red coat.") The story does a lot of meandering and while Child was obviously trying to make it zany and fun, it is ultimately just cluttered and directionless. However, her artwork is undeniably magnetic. Lively collages incorporate feathers, fabric samples, and wood grain, adding depth and variety to Herb's otherwise two-dimensional universe. The artist employs numerous typefaces and varies the size, shape, and orientation of the text to complement the twists and turns of the story. While many children will be caught up in the superlative artwork and might not mind the lack of a good story, this is not a happily ever after selection.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408314807
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 415,254
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lauren Child has sold more than three million books worldwide. She is the author of the Clarice Bean series, which includes Utterly Me, Clarice Bean; as well as the Charlie and Lola series, which includes I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, for which she won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She also was shortlisted for the Greenaway and bronze runner up for the Smarties Prize for Beware of the Storybook Wolves.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Son Loves This Book

    I found this story very fun to read and my 7 yr old son just loves it. He checked it out three weeks in a row from the school library. I haven't read many Lauren Child books, so this may be the norm, but this book is so imaginative. I love her wording and the idea of characters coming out of the books was so much fun to read.

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