Little Wolf's Book of Badness

Little Wolf's Book of Badness

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by Ian Whybrow

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Little Wolf has been behaving too courteously, so his parents send him to his uncle's Big Bad Wolf school to learn to be a proper wolf.


Little Wolf has been behaving too courteously, so his parents send him to his uncle's Big Bad Wolf school to learn to be a proper wolf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A far cry from some of the wittier fractured fairy tales, Whybrow (A Baby for Grace) paints this picture with broad strokes. In letters sent to his parents, Little Wolf chronicles his sluggish journey to Uncle Bigbad's Cunning College for Brute Beasts in Frettnin Forest. He hopes to learn from his uncle the nine Rules of Badness ("Huff and puff a lot"; "Blow everybody down," etc.) in order to earn his BAD Badge and convince his family that he isn't a "goody-4-paws." Finally, the young wolf reaches his uncle's school, devoid of students ("I am so frightfully frightening, they all fled and flew away!" explains the former educator), and the grouchy beast eventually expels Little Wolf. Befriended by a pack of Cub Scouts, the little fellow is at long last awarded a badge--albeit not the one he left home to earn. The expected fixtures are all here: the uncle unsuccessfully huffs and puffs to try to blow down the scouts' tents and disguises himself as Little Red Riding Hood's granny. Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series may be amused by some of the bathroom humor (Little Wolf returns from the camp with three cans of baked beans, which Uncle Bigbad greedily devours and which hasten his demise when his proximity to the fire causes him to explode), but much of Pilkey's winning originality is missing here. Ross's understated, childlike black-and-white sketches offer a welcome counter to the obvious text but can't completely bail out this lame spoof. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is written in the form of Little Wolf's letters to his parents, much as if he were at summer camp. But Little Wolf has been sent to Cunning College to learn from his uncle "Bigbad" and he's trying very hard to earn his uncle's approval. Otherwise he'll never get his Badness Badge, and never be a really good (read bad) wolf. And his parents will be so disappointed. Little Wolf's adventures on his way to the college involve him with humans, one of whom hits him with her shopping bag and berates him "for wearing fur." He finds a job with the fox, Mr. Twister, who sells disguises, and he wishes he could just stay there. But he must go on to the college. He finds that Bigbad is exactly that--both big and bad. But all is not lost. Little Wolf is an ingenious little fellow who just happens to be furry. What's fun is that he doesn't seem to notice the difference between himself and the human cub scouts (whose leader, he tells his father, "is an Akela, too!") Fun all around.
Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Little Wolf is altogether too well behaved for his fierce wolf family, so they send him to Cunning College to take badness lessons from his Uncle Bigbad, the nastiest wolf of all. However, Little Wolf's education doesn't turn out the way anyone expects, and the result is the fall-down funny (but never preachy) story of a cheerful nonconformist finding a way to be himself. Written in a style somewhere between A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Dav Pilkey's The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Scholastic, 1997), the story owes its humor as much to Ross's line drawings of the irrepressible youngster as to Whybrow's clever narrative, told through Little Wolf's letters home to his family. The book begs to be read aloud: Uncle Bigbad shouts all his lines in capital letters ("GRRRR! BEGONE, VILE BALL OF FLUFF!") and Little Wolf uses deliciously creative nonwords like "skwish," "lipsmackerous," and "frozz." References to "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Little Pigs," and the Cub Scouts will engage young readers. So, too, will Little Wolf, who is a wuss by wolf standards but still eats beetles and rabbit rolls, scares a lady at a bus stop, and plays inside a fallen-down chimney because he likes getting dirty. Successful as comedy, fractured fairy tale, and coming-of-age story all in one, Little Wolf's Book of Badness is terrific.-Beth Wright, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Having actually brushed his teeth and shown other signs of being a "goodie-4-paws," Little Wolf is dispatched by his concerned parents to Uncle Bigbad's Cunning College For Brute Beasts ("Our Motto: The Badder the Better") to learn the Nine Rules of Badness. In a series of letters home, Little Wolf not only protests that it was all a joke, he also recounts a series of daffy incidents, culminating in Uncle Bigbad's sudden death from standing too close to the fire after a surfeit of "bakebeans." Little Wolf inherits Uncle Bigbad's loot and "BAD" badge, but having met a troop of cubs—as in cub scouts—he develops a new code of ethics and a taste for further adventure. Plenty of blots, scratch-outs and simple pen-and-ink drawings give Little Wolf's letters a suitably disheveled look; readers afflicted with delicate sensitivities need not apply, but fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants will be heartily amused by this broad British farce. (Fiction. 9-11)

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Little Wolf's Book of Badness 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We recently read this book aloud as a family. By the end we were rolling on the floor laughing. Great humor for children without being rude or graphic. Terrific illustrations. A humorous form of letter writing with drops of spilled ink decorating the pages. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will have you laughing the whole way. Little Wolf is so cute as he writes his letters.A hilarious twist on the well-known Big Bad Wolf, and the Three Little Pigs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of the beast books i have ever read!!!!:) ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rated this book a five because it is funny and it has lots of laughs. Uncle Bigbads nephew Little Wolf has a lot of adventures at Cunning College. Cunning College is located in Frettnin Forest. He tries to get his golden bad badge by learning the nine rules of badness. The funniest adventure was when Uncle Bigbad ate all the beans that the Cub Scouts gave Little Wolf. When uncle got to close to the fire, he went KERBLAAAMMM!! I highly recommend this book for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago