Happy Birthday, Big Bad Wolf

Happy Birthday, Big Bad Wolf

by Frank Asch
     
 

In this comic twist on The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf is shocked when the Pig family throws him a surprise birthday party. The comedy-tinged suspense and the softening up of a famous bully will have children squealing with delight.See more details below

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Overview

In this comic twist on The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf is shocked when the Pig family throws him a surprise birthday party. The comedy-tinged suspense and the softening up of a famous bully will have children squealing with delight.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Big Bad Wolf turns out to be a softy in Asch's high-spirited farce. The pig family hides when the wolf knocks on their door, but Little Pig recalls his grandfather's surprise party and assumes it's the wolf's birthday. He springs from his hiding spot, yelling "Surprise!" and his parents play along. The wolf, who's never had a party, is easily convinced: "Hmmm... Pigs for dinner and cake for dessert... That sounds just fine to me." Rendered digitally, Asch's naïf artwork offers some comic gold: after Little Pig gives the wolf his stuffed "snuggle bunny" as a gift, the wolf chomps on it, and Momma and Poppa Pigs' worried expressions, as they scramble to stage an impromptu birthday party, are spot-on. When the wary pigs escape into the woods, the abandoned wolf bursts into tears, and Little Pig runs back to comfort his new friend, who concludes, "As much as he liked the taste of pork, there was no way he could eat the Pig family now." Big-hearted Little Pig is endearing, yet the hapless wolf takes the cake in more ways than one. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Poppa Pig, Momma Pig, and Little Pig are enjoying a quiet afternoon when the Big Bad Wolf knocks at their door. Poppa Pig says, "Quick, everyone hide!" For Little Pig, hiding behind the couch means that they're about to have a surprise party, right? That's the setup for this gentle take on the classic tale. The plot is appealing, although the text doesn't have the rhythmic, concise quality that makes a great read-aloud. Asch's artwork is appealing, too, with his characteristic rounded figures and emphatic lines. Overall, this book has its charms but is not especially distinctive. Add where either Asch's work or the fractured fairy-tale genre is popular.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553373681
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
595,134
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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