Boy Who Cried Wolf

Boy Who Cried Wolf


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"Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. How often can that trick work, though?
B.G. Hennessy's retelling of this timeless fable is infused with fanciful whimsy through Boris Kulikov's hilarious and ingenious illustrations. This tale is sure to leave readers grinning sheepishly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689874338
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 367,791
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

B.G. Henessy is the author of more than thirty children's books. For many years she worked as an art director at a major children's book publisher in New York, and now she lives on Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husbands and sons. Visit her Web site at

Boris Kulikov, a former set and costume designer in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as a Flying Start by Publishers Weekly. He has also illustrated Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, The Perfect Friend by Yelena Romanova, and Carnival of Animals by John Lithgow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Boy Who Cried Wolf 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I told my son that he was like the boy cried wolf. He had no clue about what I was talking about. This book is a funnier version of the classic tale. The plot is the same, but humorous embellishments have been added to the story. 'I am the most bored boy in the world,' the shepherd says and the picture of the little shepherd is of him picking his nose. For fun he runs into the town yelling, 'Wolf! Wolf! Wolf.' The towns people answer his cries twice but ignore him the third time, when three hungry wolves actually do appear. The ending is cute the sheep end up in a tree rather than a wolf's stomach.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic tale about a little boy who cried wolf (as said in the title) when he gets bored monitoring his sheep. The town all came running to his rescue the first two times he claimed that there were wolf after his sheep, but the third time (when there really were THREE wolves after his sheep)- NO ONE came to his rescue. This is because no one believed him because he lied about it twice before. This story can be used from grade levels K-3 to teach lessons on being honest and on lessons with predicting.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little shepherd boy becomes bored while watching his sheep on a hill. The little boy craves attention and decides to tell a little white lie, in order to get some attention. Unfortunately, the shepherd boy tells too many lies, which leads him to trouble. This is a great read aloud book for grades Kindergarten through 3rd, because it teaches them why they shouldn¿t lie. The illustrations in this book are cute, funny, and colorful. The illustrator uses water color which creates detail, and makes a much better visual for children reading this.
JTNguyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting fable with a great moral to it: never cry for help unless you are really in need. I've heard of this story all my life, but never actually read the book itself. It definitely serves as a great life lesson.
taramankin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young shepherd boy is always so bored. He even tried playing with his sheep but they didn't seem interested. One day the boy decides that he's been bored long enough and he wants some excitement. He runs into town yelling that wolves were after his sheep. The town people come to help but find no wolves. The little boy does the same thing the next day and then again a third day. On the third day, the boy was really telling the truth but the town people do not believe him. This is a very good story to teach children about lying.
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a traditional tale that was retold in a very traditional manner. The boy is a shepherd and becomes bored with his daily activities. He decides to run into town and tell the people there is a wolf. This happens two days in a row, and the people realize he was making it all up. On the third day, three wolves approach the sheep hoping they will be lunch. When the boy runs to the people crying for help, they all ignore him because they think he is making it up again.I was not impressed with this retelling of the story. Since the storyline is the same as the traditional version, I looked to the pictures for something more up to date. I was disappointed in the illustrations. The only part that was exciting was the facial expressions of the sheep.Even though I didn't really like this version of the story, I would still probably use it in the classroom. I think it would be good for younger students. I read it to my daughter who is in first grade, and she enjoyed it. I asked her about the lesson that was taught and she could tell me what it was. I think it would be good to use to enforce the moral of the story.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting retelling of the classic Aesop¿s Fable where the author sticks closely to the original story adding in a nice chorus that children can participate in (if used as a read aloud) or which serve to make easier the task of an emerging independent reader (repetition is always welcome when readers are just starting out). What really makes this story shine are the illustrations¿they are fantastic. I love that the author gives the story some repetition and at the same times the illustrations give us so much to look at. The ¿village¿ off in the distance is rather a hodge-podge of buildings that very nearly gives it the appearance of a modern city-scape in miniature. The sheep¿s expressions and activities are adorable, funny and, at times, completely outlandish (they wear blindfolds and even play what may be the cutest game of leap frog EVAR)! As the villagers rush out to answer his cry of WOLF there is another fine use of repetition (on each of their trips out they say No wolf in the pasture, No wolf on the hill, No wolf in the forest). Additionally, the villages (like the village itself) are a hodge-podge of people; you get your usual peasants carrying rakes and pitchforks but also in the mix are rather modern looking folk in suits and hats or casual wear (including ball caps) to the more outlandish characters (a knight in full armor, a three musketeer looking guy)¿there are even people with umbrellas, jousting lances and a baseball bat!!! I thought the ending fairly traditional¿and the illustration at the end with the VERY worried looking boy and the sheep going unnoticed by him huddled at the top of the tree to be very charming and my children found that to be so funny as to roll on the floor laughing. While the story doesn¿t explicitly come out and slap the reader in the face with the ¿moral,¿ it¿s really not necessary and a modest amount of questioning or discussion with children (except for those who are VERY young) should bring to light what the moral is quite easily. We found this version to be totally charming and would buy it for the illustrations alone! I give it 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone who collects picture books, what fun!
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is pretty good, but I don't love it. The illustrations are giggle-inducing and the text is fun. I'm not sure why I don't love it.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple well-known story about a boy who is bored at work and creates fake problems. He cries wolf twice and twice the towns people come to his rescue. But when wolves really do show up, no one believes him. Its a fun and cheery book.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Out of boredom, the little shepherd boy creates some excitement. He begins to should "WOLF!" In response, the townsfolk run with rakes and other forms of weapons to protect the boy and his sheep. There was no wolf. The next day out of boredom, the boy does the same thing, but this time he claims there are two wolves. The townspeople run to his rescue only to find that there are no wolves. On the third day, a real wolf comes up to the sheep and the boy. No one believes him. This book is a good tool to use when teaching children about the consequences of lying.
librarychickAC More than 1 year ago
We used this book for a school wide read for the character trait of honesty. B. G. Hennesy has retold the old familiar tale of the boy who cried wolf with wit and charm. Boris Kulikov's amusing and colorful pictures had our students rolling with laughter and the combination provided wonderful discussion points for the tale and the trait of honesty. Well worth
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JackieU More than 1 year ago
Used it as a teaching aid for my Grandson.