Winston the Book Wolf

Overview

Devour a good book!
In this clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! When the librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie (who wears a familiar red hoodie), rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them (disguised as Granny Winston) to groups of children at the ...

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Overview

Devour a good book!
In this clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! When the librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie (who wears a familiar red hoodie), rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them (disguised as Granny Winston) to groups of children at the library. This hilarious book, complete with fabulous art and a die-cut cover highlights the importance of books and the joy of reading!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele Tremaine
Right-minded intentions, however worthy, do not necessarily make stellar picture books. A case in point is this story of a book-eating wolf, a tale with a moral so lacking subtlety it might as well be driven home with a sledge-hammer. Banned from the library for his destructive behavior, Winston the wolf is rescued by a high-minded youngster who convinces him that there is a better way to enjoy words than devouring them. She teaches him to read. This development is so predictable, I am tempted to quote that immortal phrase of so many adolescent literary characters: "Well, duh." The story does take an unexpected turn at the end, when the heroine's grandmother provides Winston with a disguise which enables him not only to enter the library but to become its "story lady!" Beck's fluid, lively illustrations add a welcome layer of complexity and humor to the story.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Winston loves to sink his teeth into a good book. Ignoring the "No Wolves Allowed" sign posted on the library door, he rushes inside for a quick nibble. Rosie, a little girl wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, helps him understand that "Words taste even better when you eat them with your eyes" and teaches him to read. With his love of language, Winston quickly develops a taste for "sweet and juicy words like sunset and swoosh and rambunctious." When he runs out of books to read, he borrows a frilly dress and returns to the library disguised as "Granny Winston." He registers for a library card and enthusiastically leads a storyhour session. Beck's charming crosshatched illustrations show a fairy-tale cast of characters. The clever design includes a wolf-bite-sized cutout cover. This is a delicious treat of a tale for young book lovers.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802795694
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 336,714
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marni McGee is the author of many children's book published in the UK and US. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Ian Beck is the author and illustrator of numerous popular children's books, and the cover artist for Elton John's classic Good-bye Yellow Brick Road. He lives in England.

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