There's a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales

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FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING ONE PUT-UPON WOLF

in an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can?t catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd?or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book ...

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Overview

FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING ONE PUT-UPON WOLF

in an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can’t catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd…or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is the gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.

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Editorial Reviews

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STAR

"The stories’ narrative paths tend to follow the originals, but now they’re layered with humor. The transitions between tales, visual and verbal, extend the fun, while dialogue balloons with pithy commentary (and adaptable font size) enrich the tongue-in-cheek narrative. Detailed watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations have a buoyant appeal; the cocky personalities of both animal and human characters are clearly indicated through expressive postures and expressions. This is a giggly read-aloud as well as a snortingly funny read-alone. Hand it to the transitional or reluctant reader, and listen for the laughs." —Booklist, starred review

STAR

"A hungry wolf just can’t catch a break in these five loosely connected folktales. All are familiar, and amiably retold in large, sequential cartoon panels. Looking dapper in top hat and three-piece suit, the wolf first takes on three pigs (all of whom escape), moves on to the bored and foolish lad who cries “Wolf!” then is subjected to a fashion smackdown by Little Red Riding Hood. He unsuccessfully tries his luck again with the sheep under a woolen fleece snatched from Grandma’s house, and finally proves no match for seven hyperactive goslings whose mother has gone off on an errand. Readers drawn by the unusually large trim size and Alley’s animated, loosely posed figures will linger over the snappy dialogue (“ ‘I’ll teach you to be rude to my granny, you fake!’ screamed Rhonda, now clearly upset. ‘And did no one ever tell you not to wear white after Labor Day?’ ”) and almost feel sorry for the feckless predator—who is last seen eyeing a sign pointing toward Mr. McGregor’s garden and considering turning vegetarian."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Illustrated with softly colored pen-and-ink drawings, these five stories meld seamlessly together. The text is full of puns, alliteration, and occasional rhymes. Contemporary sensibilities, such as Rhonda's fixation on fashion and the counseling style of Barry's sheep, are priceless additions. The oversize format and the graphic-novel style make this retelling perfect for independent reading as well as for group sharing."—School Library Journal

Kristi Jemtegaard
Oversized in every sense of the word, this comic collection of five classic tales—all tied together by a top-hatted, polka-dot cravatted, waistcoat-wearing wolf—abounds in graphic guffaws. From snarky smile to bushy tail, this is a wolf worthy of the name who is nevertheless destined for repeated defeats.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The Alleys take five classic tales with a wolf as the main character and weave them cleverly and amusingly together in pun-filled comic-strip adventures. Here their three little pigs have names and personalities; the third likes to rhyme in his speech balloons. Frustrated by the pigs, the wolf moves on hungrily to the Boy Who Cried Wolf. His name is Barry, and he is bored with watching the sheep. But the sheep save him, forcing the wolf on to his meeting with Rhonda, a self-centered silly fashionista who meets him on her way to her grandmother's. Rhonda foils the wolf as well, and he seems to learn a lesson. Clad in a sheepskin, the wolf returns to Barry and his sheep. The sheep rally and drive him away again. Dressed in fine clothes sent by Rhonda, the wolf then arrives at the home of the Seven Little Goslings. These clever youngsters trick him with many amusing asides. When we leave him, the wolf is contemplating becoming a vegetarian while eyeing a sign to Farmer McGregor's garden. Alley's scratchy black ink lines and deftly applied transparent watercolors on large size pages add considerably to the fun. The townsfolk dashing off when Barry calls, for example, each wield a weapon like a violin or a pan of cooking eggs. The sheep are characters in their own way. The varied frames of the strips and the frequent use of speech balloons make for visual involvement as well. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Encountering three little pigs, a hungry wolf is unable to persuade Alan, Gordon, or Blake to let him into their houses. Seeking greener pastures, he sneaks up on Barry, a lonely shepherd in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," but luckily his wisecracking sheep know how to handle wolves. Rhonda, otherwise known as Little Red Riding Hood, may be willing to discuss fashion with the wolf in the woods but soon realizes that "being well dressed doesn't excuse rude behavior" to her Granny. The animal barely escapes, clad only in Granny's fluffy white rug. As "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," he has another unsuccessful try at Barry's resourceful flock. He gets his clothes back just in time to reenact "The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings," all of whom are named and loaded with personality. This hilarious romp ends with the very hungry wolf noticing a sign to Farmer McGregor's garden and contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle. Illustrated with softly colored pen-and-ink drawings, these five stories meld seamlessly together. The text is full of puns, alliteration, and occasional rhymes. Contemporary sensibilities, such as Rhonda's fixation on fashion and the counseling style of Barry's sheep, are priceless additions. The oversize format and the graphic-novel style make this retelling perfect for independent reading as well as for group sharing.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
A hungry wolf just can't catch a break in these five loosely connected folktales. All are familiar, and amiably retold in large, sequential cartoon panels. Looking dapper in top hat and three-piece suit, the wolf first takes on three pigs (all of whom escape), moves on to the bored and foolish lad who cries "Wolf!" then is subjected to a fashion smackdown by Little Red Riding Hood. He unsuccessfully tries his luck again with the sheep under a woolen fleece snatched from Grandma's house, and finally proves no match for seven hyperactive goslings whose mother has gone off on an errand. Readers drawn by the unusually large trim size and Alley's animated, loosely posed figures will linger over the snappy dialogue (" 'I'll teach you to be rude to my granny, you fake!' screamed Rhonda, now clearly upset. 'And did no one ever tell you not to wear white after Labor Day?' ") and almost feel sorry for the feckless predator-who is last seen eyeing a sign pointing toward Mr. McGregor's garden and considering turning vegetarian. (Graphic folklore. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432758
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 641,441
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 14.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

This is ZOË B. ALLEY’s fi rst book. She lives with her husband R.W. ALLEY in Barrington, Rhode Island, with their two children.

R.W. ALLEY is best known for the “Paddington Bear” books he illustrates, which have earned him international recognition. He has produced more than 70 books, and before becoming a book illustrator, he drew pictures for greeting cards.

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