Mind Your Manners, B. B. Wolf

Overview

BIG BAD WOLF, now old and residing in the Villain Villa Senior Center, is invited to a tea by a children's librarian. His best friend, a toothsome crocodile, warns him that he will have to mind his manners. B. B. Wolf makes up a song: "Sip your tea and never slurp, say 'excuse me' if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don't go biting anyone." He remembers to say "please" and "thank you" and he gives a nervous Red Ridinghood, Three Little Pigs, and Gingerbread Boy his biggest smile ever, but when his ...

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Overview

BIG BAD WOLF, now old and residing in the Villain Villa Senior Center, is invited to a tea by a children's librarian. His best friend, a toothsome crocodile, warns him that he will have to mind his manners. B. B. Wolf makes up a song: "Sip your tea and never slurp, say 'excuse me' if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don't go biting anyone." He remembers to say "please" and "thank you" and he gives a nervous Red Ridinghood, Three Little Pigs, and Gingerbread Boy his biggest smile ever, but when his stomach starts to gurgle, he gets a little mixed-up about what to do when you burp. This hilarious read-aloud story is a gentle reminder for children still learning their manners.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
B.B. (formerly Big Bad) Wolf, now living in a retirement community, receives an invitation to a Storybook Tea at the local library. Hearing from his friend the crocodile that there will be cookies, he decides to attend, but is warned to behave himself. B.B. makes up a song to remind himself to say, "Excuse me," if he burps, and not to bite anyone. At the library, along with other familiar storybook characters, he sips his tea, then hurries to find the right words. His "Excuse me" precedes his earth-shaking burp. The librarian is so impressed by his manners that she decides that storybooks do not do him justice. B.B. enjoys a happy ending. Seibold offers a zippy visual parody of classic fairytale figures, with B.B. dressed in an upscale running suit in a dollhouse world filled with the simple characters of playrooms. Although shadows are sometimes used to add interest to a page layout, perspective does not matter. The climax covers a double-page spread when B.B.'s "BUURRP!" flows across the pages in sculptured letters. The final page displays a happy song reminder of good manners, set in words of varying typefaces and colors. Readers can have fun finding their old fairytale friends at the party.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran storyteller Sierra takes a refreshingly oblique approach to promoting polite behavior. Invited to a storybook tea at the local library, Wolf-still big but no longer so bad-sets out from the Villain Villa Senior Center determined to be on his best behavior. Predictably, his arrival causes consternation among the assembled guests-until he breaks the ice with a polite "excuse me," followed by a gigantic, spread-filling belch. Thereafter, he's the life of the party, and earns a takeaway bag of gingerbread cookies from Miss Wonderly the librarian. In typically quirky digital art, Seibold dresses the wolf in a loud plaid sports coat, and brings an array of familiar figures to the library table, from Little Red Riding Hood to Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and the Little Engine That Could. It won't take much encouragement to persuade readers to echo Wolf's parting song: "Even in a house of bricks / Big bad wolves can learn new tricks." (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375835322
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 807,742
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 21.70 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra is the author of Wild About Books, a New York Times #1 bestseller and winner of the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. She is also the author of Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie and The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School. She lives in Oakland, California.J. Otto Seibold, author/illustrator of Olive the Other Reindeer was one of the first children's book artists to create computer-generated art and is considered the master of that medium. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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