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Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf

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Big Bad Wolf’s first visit to his local library (as related in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) was such a success that he returns to tell his version of “The Three Little Pigs.” His outrageous spin on the tale draws skeptical remarks from his audience: “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy. And “Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!” squeal the Three Little Pigs. Caught in his own lie, B.B. explains that he is a reformed villain: “Now I’m ...

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Overview

Big Bad Wolf’s first visit to his local library (as related in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) was such a success that he returns to tell his version of “The Three Little Pigs.” His outrageous spin on the tale draws skeptical remarks from his audience: “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy. And “Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!” squeal the Three Little Pigs. Caught in his own lie, B.B. explains that he is a reformed villain: “Now I’m begging on my knees, Little Pigs, forgive me, please!” How B.B. turns his bad old deed into a good new one provides a happy ending to this fun-to-read fractured fairytale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tracksuit-wearing B.B. Wolf makes a return to a trip to the library in this companion to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, this time to relate a story from his bad old days--that of the three little pigs. Embarrassed about his past actions, he engages in some revisionist history ("I followed my nose and found another little piggie playing with matches next to a pile of sticks. The sticks were on fire, so I blew on them... to put out the flames, you understand"), causing the fairy tale characters in attendance to insist he come clean. As delightfully twisted as its predecessor. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Sierra breathes new life into the world of folktales with this fractured tale—the second B. B. Wolf story. This time, B. B. Wolf is invited by Miss Wonderly to come to the library to tell how he met the three little pigs. After getting advice from others living at the Villain Villa (the witch, the crocodile and Rumpelstiltskin), B.B. puts on his orange plaid suit and heads out to present his story. Three times he tries to tell his story, and each time he is interrupted by one of the three pigs. Each explanation begins with a song. Eventually, he apologizes and makes amends. Seibold's computer graphics illustrations have a cartoon-style that melds perfectly with Sierra's tale. They are expressive with lots to look at, yet still maintain a "clean" look. Children and those reading to them will enjoy pointing out the storybook characters populating Miss Wonderly's library. There are some good chuckles in the humorous wordplay of other fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. Vibrant and fun, with fresh twists and perspectives, there are many ways to incorporate this story into the primary grade curriculum. The Gingerbread Boy remarks that one of B. B. Wolf's versions is a "half-baked tale." This book is quite the opposite. Sierra's inventive story is fully-baked and delicious. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 3—This brilliant retelling deserves a place at the head of the fractured-fairy-tale pack next to Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Puffin, 1995). Following Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (Knopf, 2007), the notorious Big Bad Wolf and other fairy-tale characters of ill repute are hard at work fixing up the Villain Villa Senior Center when Wolf's cell phone rings and the local librarian invites him to tell the story of how he met the three pigs. Ashamed of his prior transgressions, Wolf tells a gentler version involving blowing on dandelions and saving pigs from matches. Heckling from the pigs in the audience finally prompts this reformed Wolf to ask for their forgiveness. His transformation is not complete without a new middle name, though (provided by the library's dictionary), and a fitting act of reparation. Musical segments send an already madcap narrative over-the-top. Seibold's vivid computer illustrations, replete with comic touches, are a perfect match for Sierra's zany tale. Reluctant readers familiar with the bold imagery and comic timing of after-school cartoons will be glued to this inspired collaboration.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856204
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 457,204
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 12.58 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra, who holds a Ph.D. in folklore, puts a hilarious new spin on some of the most familiar storybook characters in her two books starring B.B. Wolf. She is the author of other highly acclaimed picture books such as Wild About Books, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, Born to Read, and The Sleepy Little Alphabet.

J. Otto Seibold was one of the first children’s book illustrators to master the art of drawing on a computer with his Mr. Lunch books and the Christmas bestseller Olive, the Other Reindeer. His retired and reformed Big Bad Wolf, first seen in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, is winning him legions of new fans.

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