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The Big Bad Wolf and Me
     

The Big Bad Wolf and Me

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by Delphine Perret
 

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What would happen if a little boy met the Big, Bad Wolf and brought him home?

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Not the young hero of this thoroughly unique story. And, it seems, no one else is, either: instead of being the magnificent villain of “The Three Little Pigs” or “Little Red Riding Hood,” this

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What would happen if a little boy met the Big, Bad Wolf and brought him home?

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Not the young hero of this thoroughly unique story. And, it seems, no one else is, either: instead of being the magnificent villain of “The Three Little Pigs” or “Little Red Riding Hood,” this wolf’s a wimp. So the boy decides to take the pitiful creature home and teach him to be scary once again. Can he do it? Children will absolutely love seeing the tables turned, with the small boy becoming the wise teacher and the wolf the sheepish student.

The short chapters and breezy, funny text are just right for new readers, and Delphine Perret’s line art is simply irresistible.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
French artist Perret makes her American debut with this droll expos , narrated by a boy who befriends a down-in-the-mouth Big Bad Wolf. Their conversations unfold over several chapters, in comics sequences, with four minimalist images to a page. Initially, the boy finds a morose, shadowy canine sitting against his house. "I'm not a dog. Leave me alone," says the glum silhouette, identifying himself as the storybook wolf. "Nobody believes in me anymore. I don't scare anyone." The boy, fittingly, invites the wolf to live in his bedroom closet and re-learn scary behavior. This unusual roommate subsists on cookies and gets insulted when the boy brings him canned food; he stuffily insists on being called Bernard, whereas the boy prefers to call him Zorro. The wolf grows more cheerful, and toothier, each time he manages to frighten his benefactor, and eventually returns to his bogeyman role. "I had to hand it to him. His hard work had really paid off," the pleased boy says. Perret draws the boy in a delicate blue line, and his words appear in a fine-grain typeface. She pictures the wolf as an inky scrawl with a prominent snout and a skinny gangster's slouch; he shifts his shape from rangy to menacing, and his speech comes out in bold, cartoonish type suited to his imaginary status. The exchanges between the energetic boy and wry wolf recall Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, and Perret's lively line drawings and dialogue animate the buddy relationship. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
A boy tells the story of how he was walking home from school and finds what he thinks is a dog. The dog tells him that he is actually a big bad wolf, but he feels sad because he cannot scare anyone. The boy decides to keep him in his closet and feed him chocolate chip cookies. He teaches the wolf various ways to be scary, such as making faces and practicing loud roars. Eventually the wolf is able to develop his ability to be scary again by chasing the boy and the kids outside the school. The ending finds them sitting together on a park bench where the boy gives him a box of chocolate chip cookies. Translated from the French, this quirky story is illustrated in simple sketches in blue and dark brown cartoon-like drawings. The ten short chapters combine narrative with some pages containing four smaller pictures with dialogue in small print. The comical characters and unusual friendship should be amusing and entertaining for young children, but the lack of visual appeal in both the illustrations and size of the words may not be appropriate for everyone.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Beginning with the endpaper that shows a boy outlined in blue ink roaring at a frightened wolf that is hiding next to a bed, readers are caught up in the wry humor of both text and illustrations. The child explains, "Usually, when I get home from school, nothing exciting happens." Then, "the Big Bad Wolf" arrives at his house and moans, "Nobody believes in me anymore. I don't scare anyone." Sympathetically, the boy sets about helping his new friend regain his confidence. Each of 12 chapters has one enticing sentence that appears by itself on the first page (e.g., "I always wondered what he did when I was at school"), followed by small evocative line drawings. In one scene, the wolf growls at himself in a mirror, tries to scare a child walking by a window, and records his progress in slash marks on a wall in the closet where he resides. Spare use of yellow, red, and green serves to emphasize a few dramatic moments: one drawing shows the little boy with a yellow face, lit up by a flashlight, when he tries to demonstrate one way to be scary. These whimsical illustrations show up clearly on the warm cream-colored paper. This charming book sings with humor that younger children will likely appreciate; older readers may also smile.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy coaches a frightened wolf back to big-badness. Told in chapters and with multiple small drawings on each page, the story reads more like a graphic novel for the very young than a traditional picture book. While walking home from school, a little boy finds a dark, rangy creature cowering on a street corner. At first, he thinks the creature's a dog, and perhaps a sick one; the boy brings him home for a snack (and keeps him hidden in the closet). The recovery process is slow-when the boy wants to call him Zorro, the wolf responds that his name is Bernard-but eventually, cookies and loving care turn Bernard/Zorro back into the child-chasing beast he once, apparently, was. Perret makes maximum use of white space in her illustrations and economy in her text. Beautifully designed, both sophisticated and sublimely silly, this should please readers and listeners of all ages. (Picture book. 4+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402737251
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,344,337
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 6.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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The Big Bad Wolf and Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MelWill More than 1 year ago
I just brought the book today and couldn't put it down. I picked up this book on a whim and after reading just a few pages I just had to have it! I was feeling a little down and discourage, much like the wolf in this story, but the support and friendship that the little boy showed was moving and uplifting. I even found myself laughing and smiling while in the store! Bottom line, this book is a must have and you can not go wrong! A perfect addition to my son's bed time story collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was funny all the way through. The cartoon format reminded me of the Sunday Comic Strip. The illustrator used color to emphasis the wolf acting scary. She also used facial expressions to show the characters feelings. In the plot of the story, the little boy brings home the Big Bad Wolf to live in his closet and teaches him to be scary. They eventually become friends.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This picture book cracked me up! A little boy comes across the depressed Big Bad Wolf on his way home from school and decides to befriend him and help him out. It¿s amazing how much personality and expression the illustrator was able to pack into a few simple ink lines! Any reader who appreciates clever twists on well-known stories will be a fan, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goes to show that even the big bad wolf himself can have discouraging moments, and that all one needs at times like these is a good friend. The story is a delight, and the accompanying illustration is adorable! Highly recommend for children and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this picture book! On top of being very funny and beautifully designed, it¿s also loaded with great messages about standing by someone when they¿re down and out, what it takes to be a real friend, and how worthwhile it is to work hard at something you care about even when you feel like giving up. Both children and adults will find this to be an entirely satisfying (and hilarious) read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who knew the Big Bad Wolf was such a fan of chocolate chip cookies?! Both as a parent and as a former reference librarian, I would recommend this book for all readers¿it¿s witty, poignant, silly, and good-hearted. A complete pleasure to read and share with kids of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I really got a kick out of THE BIG BAD WOLF AND ME, which features an equally satisfying buddy relationship. Both kids AND kids-at-heart will love seeing the friendship between the boy and the lonely wolf develop. Great story, terrific illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ve read this book to my nephew and niece a number of times and they absolutely love it! They especially love the different voices I have for the wolf and the boy. The differences in type sizes and cute faces on the characters make for fun acting out sure to make any child giggle. They love it when the wolf tries to come out with a ferocious roar, but only manages a week ¿Yip! Yip! Aroooo!¿. This is a terrific, fun book of friendship and it¿ll be sitting on my coffee table ready for my nephew and niece's next visit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a treat! The illustrations are adorable, and the story is superb. This really captures kids' natural play. Instead of being frightened by the wolf, the main character befriends him. The kid in this book is the one who gets to be goofy, scary, silly, and have a lot of fun while caring for his wolf friend. Any child who has ever built a fort, played house, wanted a pet, dressed up in costume, etc. etc. would enjoy this book. Really charming and warm. Highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea behind rehabilitating a lonesome wolf is certainly a sound one, if not a bit far fetched. This story's proposal to teach the wolf to scare people - and children in particular - is not in the best interests of contemporary child development or animal studies, and merely perpetuates the absolutely archaic Little Red Riding Hood image of one of the most majestic and family oriented animals on Earth. Rather than teaching the wolf to frighten young humans (a behavior which is the complete antithesis of true wolf character), perhaps the little boy should have taught the wolf the benefits of having a family for whom to care and with whom to enjoy the excitement, companionship, and bonding of that family (or wolf pack). Think also of how much more valuable a lesson it might have been in an era when we all, regardless of age, tend to stay connected electronically and not in person! I would certainly NOT recommend this book to parents of children of any age, as it is species prejudicial in its plot and theme and takes an incorrect approach to the wolf's true nature. Wolves in literature (with the general exception of Native American wolf stories) have been tormented enough. This recent book only adds to the stacks inaccurate representations and torment! More appropriate new titles for children would be 'Ahwooooooooo' and 'Winston the Book Wolf' as they are far more suitable and constructive in their presentations of wolf pup behavior within the family environment, and in their attitudes towards the wolf in general. The latter title (which is laced with subtly amusing references to the stories of old), also makes an excellent case for book time share and the importance of reading skills. For adults, 'Three Among the Wolves' and 'Never Cry Wolf' are suggested as reasonable places to begin studying this amazing animal. In addition, the books 'Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back' and 'Dog People' are suitable for children and adults.