The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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In this contemporary retelling of a traditional tale, Willy cries "Wolf!" to get out of ordeals like taking a bath or going to his violin lesson, until the wolf really appears.

In this contemporary retelling of a traditional tale, Willy cries "Wolf!" to get out of ordeals like taking a bath or going to his violin lesson, until the wolf really appears.

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Overview

In this contemporary retelling of a traditional tale, Willy cries "Wolf!" to get out of ordeals like taking a bath or going to his violin lesson, until the wolf really appears.

In this contemporary retelling of a traditional tale, Willy cries "Wolf!" to get out of ordeals like taking a bath or going to his violin lesson, until the wolf really appears.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This rollicking retelling of Aesop, said PW , ``offers a fresh slant on the boy trickster of fable . '' Ages 5-up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 Don't let the title fool you: this is not Aesop in any shape or form. Willy was a boy who lived on one side of the mountain. On the other side lived a nameless but hungry wolf. The wolf would sometimes don his dinner jacket to go over the mountain and feast on people. Willy often cried ``wolf'' to get out of whatever he didn't want to do, from taking a bath to his violin lessons, and sometimes just for the fun of it. Of course, no one believed him. Poised above Willy with knife and fork and salt and pepper, the wolf hears the unsympathetic, stern adults say, ``You shouldn't have told so many lies!'' They get eaten first, and then the wolf has Willy for dessert. The moral of this tale, says Ross, is ``C'est la vie. '' Jaunty, colorful, cartoon-like illustrations (reminiscent of Steig) coupled with a terse text do not make this a picture book. It is instead a satire for older children who are fond of Roald Dahl's brand of grisly humor. Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Pub . Lib .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140546125
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 231,603
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Ross lives in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    Sheds light on an old theme

    A young brazen boy's antics cause an entire town to be consumed by a lone wolf. Willie wreaks havoc to get out of doing the things he doesn't want to do, like take a bath or violin lessons. His irresponsibility may catch up to him but not until it gets those self righteous adults first !!! Loads of fun. Great illustrations. Justice is served.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Horrible Interpretation...

    Wow. This was horrible. I couldn't even give it away. People I gave it to thought it too was horrible. Not even funny to an adult, let alone to a child. We threw the book away!

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